837.00/3647: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba (Welles) to the Secretary of State

157. With the reported authorization of President Céspedes, Cuban gunboat Juan Bueno Zayas left Habana for Key West this afternoon to take to the United States the following members of Machado’s family who were embarked at Habana or will be embarked on the high seas off the Coast of Varadero, Province of Matanzas:

Señora Elvira Machado, wife of ex-President; José Emilio Obregón, son-in-law with wife and children; Rafael Jorge Sanchez, son-in-law with wife and children; Baldomero Grau, son-in-law with wife; and two or three servants said to be of Spanish nationality. No opportunity to obtain visas.

Vessel cleared without American consular documents in emergency after notification to and by advice of the Embassy. It is requested that facilities be provided for disembarkation at Key West and that ample police protection be provided on journey through Florida, particularly at Key West and Miami.