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

No. 1582

Sir: I have the honor to report that a bomb exploded close to the residence of Dr. Ferrara, Secretary of State, on the morning of April 13, killing a small boy aged 3 and seriously wounding a man. This bomb was hidden in an abandoned push-cart and was probably intended for Dr. Ferrara’s new and very ostentatious house near the University.

On the night of April 13 there were numerous bomb explosions, variously estimated at from 11 to 17, in different parts of the city, including 2 churches, a theatre and several schools. A few persons are reported to have been injured but information regarding their number and the extent of their injuries is not available.

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According to the local correspondent of the New York Times, who claims to have been an eye witness, the ley de fuga was applied by the police yesterday afternoon to two young men, named Valdez Dassou who, he states, were shot down at 29th and “G” Streets in the Vedado.

Respectfully yours,

Edward L. Reed