837.00/4619: Telegram

The Personal Representative of the President ( Caffery ) to the Acting Secretary of State

24. My telegram No. 22, January 15, 2 p.m. After much delay today Grau finally turned over the office of Provisional President to Hevia at 5 p.m., and proceeded to his private house. (Hevia will take oath of office tomorrow.) I was asked to make a personal visit on Grau at once for protection reasons and have done so (having in mind the attitude of the opposition parties to him of course).

A mob around the Palace was dispersed by the troops shortly after Grau left, with 1 killed and 14 wounded.

There is much nervousness in the city and possible danger of conflict between Batista’s forces and those of the Cuban factions.

Caffery