The Chargé in Cuba (Reed) to the Secretary of State

No. 1416

Sir: Referring to my telegram No. 110 of November 2, I have the honor to report that later returns, which although still incomplete, appear to be conclusive, confirm the Liberal successes in the election of governors and congressmen in all provinces excepting Pinar del Río, where the Conservatives maintained their traditional ascendancy.

The Liberal majorities in Habana and Matanzas Provinces are said to have been very impressive, but in Camagüey, Santa Clara and Oriente their margins of victory were small and it is reported that the Conservatives made substantial gains in the election of mayors and other local officials, especially in the province last named. The Conservative candidate for mayor of the important city of Santiago de Cuba won easily over his Liberal opponent. Reports are contradictory regarding the majority obtained by Governor José Barceló, candidate for reelection on the Liberal ticket. The Conservatives in Oriente have thus far declined to concede his election and in some quarters the result is considered doubtful pending a complete count of votes.

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The probabilities are that the Conservatives will have gained a few seats in the House of Representatives. If the various factions into which the party is divided can compose their differences, the additional strength may enable them to set themselves up as an effective opposition party.

Respectfully yours,

Edward L. Reed