The Chargé in Cuba ( Matthews ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 370

Sir: With reference to my telephone conversation this morning with Mr. Welles, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy and translation13 of the official record of the proceedings of the meeting yesterday morning at which Colonel Carlos Mendieta was designated Provisional President of Cuba.

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Colonel Mendieta took the oath of office before the Supreme Court at noon yesterday, swearing “faithfully to fulfill the laws of the Republic.” He was greeted with great enthusiasm on the part of a large crowd gathered before the Palace, and rejoicing continued in the city throughout the remainder of the day and evening, the press reporting that seven people were injured by “firecrackers, automobiles and stray bullets”, participating in the “wild jubilance.” A copy of the first two pages of the Havana Post of January 19, describing the events of yesterday, is also enclosed as of possible interest to the Department.14

Colonel Mendieta is working today on the selection of his Cabinet. It is reported that each of the political groups signing the “acta” will present the names of three candidates, of whom Colonel Mendieta will choose one. It is similarly reported, without official confirmation, that Cosme de la Torriente will be appointed Secretary of State, Dr. Márquez Sterling, Ambassador at Washington, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, former Provisional President, Minister to Spain.

Respectfully yours,

H. Freeman Matthews
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