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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920

Cuba,   pp. 1-108 PDF (37.5 MB)

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Crowder here to confer with both parties regarding proposed amend-
ments; such suggestion if made at all should now be made quickly
so that invitation might be given Crowder before bill introduced
by Conservatives and its discussion becomes a burning issue. Once
here Crowder might remain until after elections. Present indica-
tions are that his presence would be satisfying to Liberals who
now more than before say they will not go to elections without
It is thought that Menocal would not be averse to having
Stephenson 1 remain or even to have General Crowder come provided
it could be accomplished without reflecting upon his administration.
Advance publication by Liberals here of Department's supposed
intention, see despatch number 1103, November 7, 1919,2 rendered
it impossible for Menocal to invite Crowder here then.
837.00/1622: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Cuba (Long)
WASHINGTON, February 20, 1920-S
31. Your number 43, February 13, 4 p.m.
The Department does not feel that any expression as to the ad-
visability of the nomination of certain individuals for the Presidency
of Cuba comes within its province and; you are requested to prevent
any misunderstanding of the Department's attitude in this matter.
The Department has reached the conclusion that it would be highly
undesirable to undertake any amendment of the electoral law unless
the present conditions unmistakably show that such amendment' is
indispensible to the carrying out of a fair and free election. If,
however, the necessity for such amendment as I have indicated re-
veals itself in the electoral administration, obtain the actual amend-
ment in writing in the form in which it is desired to present it to the
Congress of Cuba, with explanatory memoranda revealing clearly
the scope and application of the amendment and forward same with
your own comment after a careful study of the amendment and the
explanatory memoranda. I feel that I should like to present any
such proposed amendment to General Crowder with a view to ob-
taining his opinion as to the effect of such proposed amendment on
the electoral law as drafted by him after conference and deep study.
The Department does not view with favor the suggestion that the
duties of Supervisor of Elections be devolved to any extent upon
1Maj. Harold E. Stephenson, U. S. Army, technical consultor attached to the
Office of the Director General of the Cuban Census.
2 Foreign Relations, 1919, vol. II, p. 79.

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