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d his lead. He looked to the eventual annexation of Cuba by the United States and did everything in his powere in another abroad. He was not averse to acquiring Cuba under other circumstances, as I shall show, but he de acquisition of further territory at the price that Cuba would at that time inevitably cost. This view was oresident, Rawlins died. His mantle as the friend of Cuba fell on no Elisha. The insurgents never found anothmight not be averse to negotiate for the disposal of Cuba to the United States, if the terms could be made adv he reached Madrid the story of the proposed sale of Cuba was noised abroad. This at first almost balked the Spain that the Cubans should be allowed to purchase Cuba, the United States to guarantee the purchase bonds, Prim was assassinated. I was repeatedly assured in Cuba that he had been shot because he contemplated the same fell through, and it has not since been revived. Cuba remains to-day the most miserably oppressed bit of s
elcomed a Protestant and a democrat who did not kneel. With him the King of Siam contracted a personal friendship and kept up a correspondence afterward; while the Emperors of Russia and Germany and Japan, the Viceroy of India and the Magnates of Cuba and Canada and Mexico talked politics to him and religion from their own several standpoints. The greatest potentates of earth laid aside their rules and showed him a courtesy which was due of course in part to the nation he represented; but whoould not carry the creature with him around the world and ordered it sent to my house in London. There two months later the noble brute arrived. It has been one of my most constant companions since; it crossed the ocean with me, and even went to Cuba, far enough from its native snows; and more than once, as friend after friend proved false, the fond fidelity of Ponto has recalled the bitter words of De Stael: The more I see of men, the better I appreciate dogs. Chamounix was hung with flags
to Havana and Mexico—to remain until April. On the 30th of the same month he wrote to me: I do not feel bad over the information——gave you. I am not a candidate for any office, nor would I hold one that required any manoeuvring or sacrifice to obtain. The enthusiasm that attended his welcome was greater than the most sanguine had anticipated, and gave him the keenest gratification. In December he wrote me a long account of it from Philadelphia. In this letter he said: To-day I start for Cuba and Mexico. But he continued: I expect to be back in Galena as soon as the weather gets pleasant in the spring, and to remain there until time to go to Long Branch. I will then have the summer to arrange for a permanent home and occupation. It may be the [Nicaragua] canal, in which case I shall live in New York City. It must be employment or a country home. My means will not admit of a city home without employment to supplement them. I replied that I thought the country would find an em<
fluence with him, and all that influence was in favor of an extension of territory. St. Domingo, Cuba, and the northern portion of Mexico—all— Rawlins would have been glad to incorporate into the Uniwhich he refers in the following letter of February 4, 1883. In the winter of 1882 I had gone to Cuba as Consul-General, and soon after my arrival the English Vice-Consul at Havana was transferred toeral Grant, and he replied: I had heard before that the English had sent their Vice-Consul to Cuba to Mexico, ostensibly to renew intercourse with that government, but more particularly to co-oper of the 22d inst. I was tempted to give what you say about the use of Mexican tobacco, its use in Cuba, the feeling of Cubans in regard to the effect of the treaty, etc., to the press. Of course, I writing from Havana. But, on reflection, I concluded that the public would know who my friend in Cuba was, so concluded not to. I wish, however, you would write the same thing to the State Department
ory in the direction of Mexico. The independence of Cuba and Porto Rico and the emancipation of the slaves int only advocated intervention in the dispute between Cuba and the Mother Country, but was anxious to acquire te Rawlins was for recognition of the independence of Cuba and the speedy acquisition of the Island by the Unitthat promised to accomplish the peaceful purchase of Cuba while Prim was Prime Minister of Spain. A document ed by all concerned, would result in the transfer of Cuba to this country. Prim especially stipulated with Siprematurely that he was arranging for the cession of Cuba under any circumstances. He saw, however, that CubaCuba was a drag upon Spain, that both the Island and the Mother Country would be benefited by the arrangement, andGrant conformed to those of the Secretary of State. Cuba was not acquired; and when Sickles perceived that ths of his life that if Rawlins had lived, he believed Cuba would have been acquired by the United States during
s been simply overwhelming.—To-day I start for Cuba & Mexico. Sheridan & wife, Fred & his wife & Kal telegraph line between the United States and Cuba. The position was held by an Englishman, and t that the English had sent their Vice Consul to Cuba to Mexico, ostensibly to renew intercourse withay about the use of Mexican tobacco; its use in Cuba; the feeling of the Cubans in regard to the effded that the public would know who my friend in Cuba was, so I concluded not to. I wish however you perintendent of American telegraph interests in Cuba, and he seemed interested. He asked me to writtant results from his study of the situation in Cuba, with such lights as my official position and kYork Times, was passing a part of the winter in Cuba, and gave a report of General Grant's conditione the Government had decided on a course toward Cuba directly the opposite of that which I had advisnt me several of its most hostile dispatches to Cuba, one of the Comptrollers of the Treasury decide