Major-General Leonard Wood

Inasmuch as your president has asked me to say something about colonial government I will give you a brief account of affairs in Cuba, and tell you something of what the government is trying to do there.

When the island was turned over to us, we found the civil government practically disorganized and the people living under conditions almost impossible to conceive among any civilized people. We found them living in ruined towns, without water supply, without schools, and with thoroughly inefficient courts, in which methods of procedure existed (and they still exist) that are absolutely intolerable from our standpoint.

Items of Interest
Items of Interest
July 6, 1899

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