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134. The order of June 15, 1899, establisbing audiencias, modified as to recently appointed officers of audiencia so that they sball make oath and take possession of office before the president and fiscal of their respective audiencias; and the provisions of the order organizing audiencias to go into effect on publication of this order.-- August 10, 1899.
135. In every case in which the laws of civil or criminal procedure in force prescribe stated periods of time for appearance before the supreme court the periods are reduced to ten days whenever the audiencias of Pinar del Rio, Habana, Matanzas, and Santa Clara, or other courts of law within said provinces, have cognizance thereof, and to twenty days where those of Puerto Principe or Santiago de Cuba are concerned. - August 11, 1899.
137. The rights, duties, and privileges pertaining to or derived from the old alienated office known as alguacil mayor de la Habana (the so-called O'Reilly concession) abolished.- August 10, 1899.
140. Provisional clerks authorized during the period of reorganization of courts of primera instancia where there is a vacancy in the position of clerk of the court.August 15, 1899.
141. Primary school vacations extend to include September 15, 1899.- August 15, 1899.
142. Tariff circulars 83 and 84, War Department, July 12, 1899, and circular 87, Division of Customs, June 22, 1899, admitting graded bulls and cows free of duty for breeding purposes, and conditions thereof, published.- August 17, 1899.
146. Circular 27, Division of Customs and Insular Affairs, War Department, July 27, 1899, creating the office of assistant auditor for auditing accounts of the department of internal revenue and an assistant treasurer in the office of the treasurer, and circular 29, same authority, for detection of smugglers and prevention of frands, published.- August 23, 1899..
149. The period of time allowed by the decree of April 4, 1899, in order to secure complete record of births, extended one hundred and twenty days from expiration of time authorized in that order.- August 28, 1899.
150. Provisions of the decree of June 30, 1899, prescribing period in which foreign insurance or surety companies were required to comply with requirements of law, extended thirty days from date of expiration of the sixty days granted in that order.- August 28, 1899.
151. Judges of “primera instancia” appointed.- August 30, 1899.
152. The proclamation of the President directing census to be taken, published.August 30, 1899.
154. Regulations for taking census pnblished.-- August 31, 1899.
156. Order of War Department appointing disbursing officers of the census published.--September 1, 1899.
157. In all cases where law of civil or criminal procedure reserves the decision in any case to the "court in full” (tribunal en pleno), from the date of this order decision shall be made by the section of the court having cognizance thereof, and in case of no legal quorum provision made therefor. --- September 5, 1899.
159. Circular No. 31, Division of Customs and Insular Affairs, War Department, August 24, relating to fraudulent customs entries, etc., and punishment therefor, and giving criminal courts jurisdiction in the cases therein set forth, and amending existing laws accordingly, published. - September 7, 1899.
160. Directs that transportation requests and telegraph blanks especially prepared for use of officers and employees in taking census be received by railroad, steamship, or other public carriers, and all telegraph and cable lines, public and private, in lieu of money, and gives method for securing payment of same. -September 9, 1899.
162. Offenders in cases of electoral offenses punishable by penal part of various electoral laws in force in Cuba till January 1, 1899, included in decree granting pardone, dated June 1, 1899.- September 9, 1899.
165. The foundation of the asylum for children (Children's Home), under the patronage of the “trustees of the Cuban orphan funds," established in San Juan de los Remedios, approved. --September 1., 1899.
167. The office of director and custodian of archives created.-September 14, 1899.
169. Circular No. 30, Division of Customs and Insular Affairs, War Department, August 24, 1899, stating that “All certiticates and other documents issued under the seals of the States, Territories, and District of Columbia, for use in Cuba, will be authenticated by the Secretary of the United States," and tariff circular No. 23, relating to coffee imported from Puerto Rico, published.--September 16, 1899.
171. Ayuntamientos authorized to decide in matters pertaining to the removal of temporary military works constructed in their respective districts during the recent war.-- September 19, 1899.
173. The ward of Puentes Grandes transferred from municipal district of Habana to municipal district of Marianao.-September 20, 1899.
174. Duties of captain of the port of Habana prescribed. --September 20, 1899.
176. Fixes thereafter for legal purposes Sundays, New Year's Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas as holidays, and provides for suspension of business of tribunals and courts from December 25 to January 2 following, except proceedings which refer to misdemeanor suits, summary instructions, cases relating to the release of accused persons, and to civil register.- September 21, 1899.
177. Adds port of Santa Cruz del Sur, province of Puerto Principe, to list of ports at which graded bulls and cows may be entered for breeding purposes free of duty.September 23, 1899.
181. For the purposes of security, which according to the existing law they have to give, insurance companies, either foreign or domestic, as are classified and regulations as to security offered, amount thereof, etc., made.-September 27, 1899.
182. Functions, powers, and duties of the “cuerpo de comunicaciones” of the island of Cuba transferred to, and to be exercised by, Signal Corps, United States Army, except such part as relates to postal service.-- September 28, 1899.
The omitted orders relate priucipally to appointments to office and to minor affairs. Respectfully submitted.
EDGAR S. DUDLEY, Major and Judge- Advocate, U. 8. V., Judge-Advocate. HEADQUARTERS Division of CUBA,
Habana, Cuba, October 3, 1899.
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT.
HABANA, September 16, 1899. Gen. JOHN R. BROOKE,
Military Governor of Cuba. Sir: You will please find attached hereto a number of appendices and schedules containing the report that you requested of this department on August last, drawn up in a succinct form and as minute and exact as it has been possible to do it.
In order that you may better understand these schedules, I deem proper to make a few explanatory remarks; but, before doing so, I beg to state that the work, as presented, does not meet with my wishes and ideas, owing to the fact that affairs in my department are in process of reorganization. Even at this lato date, some of the important information and data asked for has not reached this office, and some of what has been sent us is not so complete and pertinent as would be desired, although the omissions incurred in are not to be charged to lack of diligence on the part of my subordinates.
By the order of February 24, 1899, the department of state and government was divided into three sections, viz, section of state, section of general government, and section of government. All matters that formerly belonged to the presidency of the council of secretaries, to the secretary of the general government, and to the government section of the department of grace and justice and of the interior, were, as far as compatible with the new order of things, merged into the three sections above named.
The section of state has to do with all that refers to consular and diplomatic relations and foreign affairs, when by their nature they do not require direct relations between the State Department at Washington and the foreign nations whose representatives have been duly accredited.
This section is under the management of a chief of a bureau of the first class, and attends to the following affairs or branches :
First. Matters of a general character. A. Private claims regarding citizenship, protection, etc. B. Legalization of documents. C. Issuance of passports.
Second. Foreign affairs. A. Letters rogatory. B. Extradition claims. C. All other business which should have to be referred to Washington.
Third. Consular affairs, embracing everything connected with the consular service.
Fourth. Registration of Spaniards residing in Cuba, same being carried out in conformity with article 9 of the treaty of Paris.
Fifth. Registration of foreigners.
The affairs referred to in divisions first, second, and third are intrusted to an officer of the second class and three amanuenses; those of the fourth division to four amanuenses; those of the fifth to one amanuensis, and those of the sixth to another amanuensis.
Schedule No. 5 is a summary, made by months, of the work accomplished by the section of state. brief examination thereof shows plainly the progressive increase of said work.
Schedule No. 6 is an account of the foreign consuls recognized as such to date.
Schedule No. 7 represents the number of certificates of registration of Spaniards issued by the section of state, and schedule No. 8 shows the number of such certificates sent from each province to this department.
Schedule No. 9 refers to the letters rogatory that have been sent through this office to be executed out of the island.
Independently of the general supervision of all the sections, the assistant secretary has under his immediate charge the section of general government.
This section comprises the following branches: First. General registry of recording and dispatching of all the docninents of this department. Second, General
affairs. Third. A press bureau, a copyright burean, and a bureau of the personnel of this department and of the six governments of the island. Fourth. Archives and library of this department. Fifth. Translation of languages. Sixth. General archives of the island of Cuba.
Matters included in division first are in charge of an officer of the fifth class and two amanuenses; those of the second division are in charge of an officer of the second class and another of the fifth class; those of the third, in charge of an officer of the fifth class; those of the fourth, in charge of an amanuensis; those of the fifth, in charge of an officer of the second class, and those of the sixth division in charge of two officers of the fourth class and three amanuenses.
At the general registry bureau all documents received or sent by the department, whether definitely forwarded or simply indorsed pending final resolution, or for information of other offices of the state or of subordinate offices, are entered and classified in the order in which they are received.
Schedule No. 1 shows the number of matters which have been received during the month, also those which have given place to any proceedings, recording those that are still
pending and those that have been dispatched by the office. Its bare inspection suffices to show how the work has been increasing in proportion as the services of the different offices under the direction of this department have reached a normal state.
The bureau of general affairs takes charge of all affairs not included in the special classifications of the business belonging to this department.
It is concerned with everything pertaining to licenses for carrying weapons, the delivery of the arms that belonged to the Cuban army of liberation, etc.; the property rights in horses; decrees relative to raffles, bazaars, bull and cock fights; transportation of convicts; concessions for the establishment of telephone and telegraph systems when within the province of this department; studies and projects on the reconstruction of the country; reorganization of the civil government; public buildings, if in any way connected with this department; matters referring to the postal service, and any other not expressly specified in the general organization of the department.
The bureau of the personnel of this department and of the civil governments has been merged into the press and copyright bureaus.
The press law now in force provides that all newspapers being published shall be recorded in the registry of this bureau, sending three copies of each issue to this department that it may be kept informed of the public opinion, of important news, of the omissions in the public service, complaints against minor officials, etc.
All theatrical works published in the island are subject to the examination and criticism of this bureau, wherein a register of books, as required by the copyright law, is kept, as a requisite for the enjoyment of the exclusive copyright of these works.
That portion of said bureau which refers to the personnel of the department and of the civil governments attends to the issuance of credentials of appointments and to the removal of employees, keeping a record of appointees and persons discharged, notifying the department of finance to the proper ends.
Schedule No. 3 gives an account of the total number of works that have been examined since January 1; schedule No. 4 slows the number of literary works that have been recorded in the proper registry, and schedule No. 2 contains a list of the personnel of this department and of the six civil governments of the island of Cuba.
The bureau of files of the department (archive) is charged with arranging in due order-according to subjects and with reference to the bureaus or offices from which they originato-all matters that have boen entirely finished and that are not to be sent to the general archives; it also collects and keeps all the papers in any proceedings which, though not terminated, it is not necessary to file in the respective bureaus. To this bureau the library of the old council of administration has been incorporated, also the legislative enactments, gazettes, etc.
In the secretary's office of the former general government of the island there was always a burean for the translation of languages, where all documents that were to be used in the several offices of the island were translated with the official guarant as to their accuracy. At present there is no necessity of the official translation in all cases, and in the pubìic offices, as a rule, the restrictions formerly in force touching this matter are no longer applied. The officer actually in charge of the translations of this department exercises the functions of interpreter of languages for a moderate compensation paid by the parties soliciting his services.
The care of the general archives of the island of Cuba constitutes one of the most important branches of the section of general government. Most valuable original documents of great historical importance dating as far back as the time of the discovery and colonization of America, which were saved almost miraculously from the cupidity which at various times had despoiled the archives for the benetit of the Spanish museums and collections, are found within these archives. Valuable papers relating to the conquest and occupation of Hispaniola, Peru, Mexico, and the island of Cuba still remain there, but we are yet to learn of the importance of the documents that during the months of November and December, 1898, were abstracted in 330 cases, despite the efforts made by the American commission of evacuation for their recovery. The number of bundles of documents relating to many subjects which are on the shelves may be estimated at about 100,000, and the personnel employed by the department is at present engaged in their study, assortment, classification and methodical arrangement.
The section of government is under the immediate management of a chief of a bureau of the first class and comprises the following branches: First. The bureau of municipalities, which is in charge of an officer of the second class, one of the third, and one amanuensis. Second. The jails bureau, in charge of two officers of the fourth class. Third. The penitentiary burean, in charge of au officer of the fifth class and one amanuensis. Fourth. The public order and police bureau, in charge of an officer of the third class. Fifth. The health bureau, in charge of an officer of the fourth class. Sixth. The bureau of charitable institutions, in charge of an officer of the second class, one of the third, and two amaunenses.
The bureau of municipalities is the one which, during the period embraced by this report, bas accomplished the most important work. The disorganization in this branch of the public service reached such a point that, at the time this department was created in January last, there were no records of any kind regarding the municipalities; therefore, the task undertaken toward reorganizing that service, with the result of having brought municipal affairs almost to a normal condition, had to commence by an exhaustive investigation, to carry on which aciequate means were lacking, such as records, data, antecedents, and the information absolutely necessary for the proper treatment of such a momentous undertaking. On May 17 I had the honor to present to you the result of the endeavors of this department in that direction, and upon such bases new efforts have been made that will shortly give us an exact knowledge of the condition of affairs in all matters pertaining to local atlairs throughout the island of Cuba.
According to the general registry contained in schedule No. 1, the matters of which the bureau of municipalities has had cognizance, are divided as follows: Items of new business, 705; business disposed of, 613; proceedings instituted, 526; pending decision, 174.
The affairs belonging to this bureau are, according to the existing laws, the following: First. Electoral matter; organic laws; affairs incidental to buth of the above. Second. Matters relating to the abolished provincial chamber of deputies; organization of municipalities; appointments, censure, fines, suspensions, and removals of mayors and councilinen; census of population, and questions relating to all of the above. Third. Decisions on all questions arising from the interpretation of the municipal laws, and all others of a general character affecting the locality; legal remedies against the resolutions of the municipalities, and against those of the civil governors when they refer to appeals from the resolutions of the municipal council and within the province of this department. Fourth. Decisions on the interpretation of the provincial law. Fifth. Territorial division into provinces and municipalities; incorporation, separation, and abolishment of municipal districts; change of capital cities of the provinces and municipalities; names of towns and streets; creation of local revenues; government contracts; municipal budgets and accounting; superintendency of the urban police, and a general supervision of all other matters. "Sixth. It also has charge of formulating rules for the execution of the laws and decrees regarding municipal affairs and the mode of procedure in the
The following schedules give some idea of the work performed: (A) Statement of the expenditures of the abolished provincial chamber of deputies and of the debts left unpaid by them up to December 31, 1898. (B) Municipal debts of the whole island not paid on December 31, 1898. (C) Economic system of the municipalities; their compulsory expenses; statistics of the population of the island of Cuba. (D) Number of municipalities existing in the island; their wards and districts; towns and hamlets destroyed ou account of the war; mayors and members of the munici. pal corporations; number of inhabitants, by provinces, etc. (E) Schedule showing estimated amounts for the municipalities of the island; expenses connected with the public health, charitable institutions, jails and public instruction. This has been done with the purpose of soliciting the aid of the State to attend to these matters until the municipal treasury shall have been reorganized.
The bureau of jails is charged with the designation of the jails in which all convicts are to serve the sentences imposed by the courts. A personal record of each convict is kept, wherein all incidents relative to his sentence are entered and to which is added a memorandum of his penal history.
This bureau also keeps a record of the employees of the jails, and of the appointments, transfers, and removals of said employees. The wardens are appointed by this