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Abstract of accountable warrants paid by the treasurer of the island of Cuba during the

month of August, 1899Continued.

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$68,912, 24



299.00 15,000.00

297.00 30,000.00 1, 135.00




1, 295. 30



2, 236.99


13,792. 46

1, 168.00


1, 488.67

140.00 1,473. 96

1, 762.00


Aug. 123 11 122 16 Lieut. Jas. Robb Santiago...... $68, 942.24

Church. 126 15 123 16 Maj. T. E. True.... Washington, 1,800.00

D. C. 124 12 124 17 B. F. Davis.

Haba na

9,500.00 125 12 125 17 Maj. W. H. Miller, Matanzas

299.00 127 16 126 18 F. P. Ferris.


15,000.00 128 16 127 18 Lieut. L.S. Upton... Tunas de Zaza 297.00 129 16 128 18 B. F. Davis.


30,000.00 130 16 129 18 Maj. J. T. French,

1, 135.00 jr. 131 16 130 18, Cupt. Walter B. Cienfuegos ... 2,144.00

Barker. 136 181 131 19 Ricardo Martinez. Habana

$2,000.00 132 17 132 21 Lieut. John Conk- Trinidad

537.66 lin. 133 17 133 21 Capt. F. G. Irwin... Manzanillo... 1,295.30 134 17 134 21 ...

Santa Cruz


del Sur. 135 17 135 21 Capt. Elias Chan- Sagua la

1,938. 35 dler.

Grunde. 131 21 136 25 Lieut. M. B. Stokes. Cárdenas

2, 236.99 138 21 137 25, Capt. F.G. Irwin... Santa Cruz


del Sur. 139 23 138 25 Lieut. Commander Habana

13, 792. 46 Lucien Young. 140 23 139 25 Lieut. Sedgwick

1, 168.00 Rice. 141 23 140 25 Mayor G.W. Hyatt. Guanabacoa.. 3,907.41

July. 48 22 141 25 Capt. E. A. Ellis....

1,488.67 Aug. 142 24 142 28 Capt.W.Y. Stamper Cienfuegos

140.00 1.13 24 143 29 Capt. J. F. R. Lan- Caibarien.... 1, 473.96

dis. 144 24 144 29 Lieut. F. E. Bam- Ciego de Avila 1,762.00

ford. 145 24 1 15 29 F. P. Ferris


12,500.00 146 25 1 16 29 Lieut. A.G. Paxton Holguin

10,822.00 117 25 147 29 E. G. Rathbone Habana

$18, 880.00 118 25 118 29 Capt. Lucien Young

2, 610.79 149 25 119 29 Rear-Admiral B.J. .do

1,000.00 Cromwell. 150 25 150 29 Lieut. W. M. Tal-

16,767.30 bott. 151 26 151 30 Lieut. P. D. Lock- Santa Clara...

6,188.88 ridge. 152 26 152 30 Capt. F. P. Fremont Sancti Spiritus 5, 115.00 153 26 153 30 Capt. M. R. Peter- Matanzas

5,200.00 son. 154 26 154 30 Maj. G. S. Cart

8, 307.00 wright. 155 26 155 30 Maj. J.T. French .. Habana

12, 250.00 156 26 156 30 Lieut. Col. C. F.

44,675.08 Humphrey. 157 26 157 30 Maj. W. H. Miller.. Matanzas

45, 130. 73 158 26 158 30 Capt.W.M.Wright. Sa g u a la


Grande. 159 26 159 30 Maj.J.T. French .. Habana

1,840.88 160 26 160 30 Capt. Abner Pick- Trinidad

2, 212.00 ering. 161 26 161 30 Lieut. L.W. Oliver. Caibarien.. 2, 760.00 162 26 162 30 Capt. H. W. Chat


5, 625. 82 field. 163 26 163 30 Ricardo Martinez . Habana

100.00 161 26 164 30


103, 626.23 165 26 165 30 Américo Silva..... Puerto Prin

12,500.00 10, 822.00 48, 880.00 2,610, 79 1,000.00

16, 767.30


5,115.00 5,200.00


12, 250.00 44, 675.08

45, 130. 73 3,155.00

1, 840.88 2,212.00

2, 760.00 5, 625.82

100.00 103, 626.23

6, 149.69

cipe. 166 26 166 30 Manuel M. Repiso. Pinar del Rio.

13, 665.91 167 26 167 30 Manuel S. Trelles.. Matanzas,

12,066.71 168 26 108 30 Justin A. Pedraza Santa Clara...

12,819.13 169 26169 30 Ricardo Martinez . Habana

32, 990.000 170 26 170 30 Capt. T. F. Davis... Santiago.

8,741.75 171 26 171 30 Capt.C. A.Williams Nuevitas

1,674. 67 172 26 172 30 Capt. John H. Placetas

4,279.75 Gardner. 173 26 173 30 Lieut. W.E.Welsh Cárdenas


6,449. 69

13, 665. 91 12, 066.71 12,819.13 32, 990.06 3,741.75 1, 674. 67 4, 279.75


Abstract of accountable warrants paid by the treasurer of the island of Cuba during the

month of August, 1899—Continued.

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30 Maj.J. F.Stretch Habana


$69.64 30

56, 677.25

56,677,5 30

4, 216,51

4,216.51 31 Lieut. Sedgwick .do

1, 168.00

1, 108.00 Rice. 31 Lieut. L. D. Cabell Guantánamo 7, 304.30

7, 304.90 31 Walter Fletcher Habana 131, 970. 27

131, 970.27 Smith. 31 Lt. H.C. Schumm.. Baracoa


773.00 31 Lieut. H. M. Powell Pinar del Rio 6, 636.04

6,636.04 31 Lieut. M. S. Jarvis. San Luis..... 5,731.00

5,731.00 31 Maj. Jas. L. Wilson. Quemados 9, 151. 14 31 Lieut. F.A.Wilcox. Guanajay.

9, 151, 14

18,378.00 31 Lieut.A. E. Suxton. Santiago...

18,378.00 72, 421.00

72, 421.00 Total.... 1,273,866.05 $18, 880.00 $315, 400.231, 638, 146.28

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I certify that the foregoing abstract is correct.

E. F. LADD, Treasurer of he Island of Cuba.

SEPTEMBER 6, 1898,




Habana. Maj. Gen. John R. BROOKE,

Governor-General of Cuba, Habana. Sir: Complying with your instructions of August 4, and also for the purpose of putting into permanent form something of the history of the department of posts of Cuba, especially that which relates to its organization and to the statistics connected with the work, I have the honor to make this, the first annual report of the department. While it is not practicable in so condensed a report as this must necessarily be to go very much into detail, it will be my purpose to present the facts in such a way as to give you a general idea of the organization and doings of the department.

I need hardly call to your attention the deplorable condition in which the postal service was found when I assumed charge of it the 1st day of January, 1899. The Spanish Government on retiring left no records for my guidance, and not one stamp of any denomination, nor a cent in money. In fact, about all that was found was a great quantity of undelivered mail matter, some of it dating back as far as the year 1891; a disreputable old post-office building in very bad sanitary condition, and a miserable post-office outfit.

At 12 o'clock noon of the 1st day of January, 1899, I formally received and took charge of the “bureau of communications,” as the department was known under the Spanish Government. The transfer was made to me in the office of the secretary of public works and the following is the


"In the city of Habana, on the 1st day of January, 1899, there met in the office of the secretary of public works and communications, on the one part, Don Saturnino Martínez, under secretary, acting as secretary, Don Adolfo Saenz Yañez, directorgeneral of public works, and Don Carlos Abalas y Trillo, director-general of communications, and, on the second part, Mr. Estes G. Rathbone, appointed director of posts of Cuba by the United States Government, and at 12 o'clock noon those of the first part proceeded to make delivery to the party of the second part of all of the official papers, documents, furniture, and fixtures in charge of the said bureau of communications.

“And in order that it may be evident this document is executed in duplicate on the date above indicated.


“ESTES G. RATHBONE." Immediately upon assuming charge I issued the following general order: Order No. 1.]

Habana, Cuba, January 1, 1899. To the postal employees on the island of Cuba:

“This is to give notice to all employees of the postal service on the island of Cuba that, having been designated by the order of the President of the United States as director of posts of Cuba, I have this day assumed the duties of such position and have taken under my control all the operations of the service in cooperation with the military authorities of the United States.

“All the arrangements made by the United States postal commission relative to the temporary continuance of performance of service, and the assurance given by them of pay from January 1, 1899, to postal employees who shall continue to perform service from this date, are hereby confirmed, and will be continued until otherwise ordered by me.

“Further necessary instructions will be promulgated from time to time for the government of the service.

For the present, postage stamps marked “21 C de peso" will be sold for 2 cents American money.

For the purpose of holding intact as nearly as possible the organization of the postoffice at Habana, I appointed an assistant postmaster for that city and gave him the immediate control and direction of the force of clerks and carriers. The purposes of the department were made known through orders issued from time to time. It would only weary you to go into detail concerning the matters treated in these orders, but suffice it to say that they were made for the purpose of correcting, as far as possible, the evils of the system which had been in operation, and to establish as rapidly as consistent with surroundings a system conforming in some degree to that of the Post-Office Department of the United States.

A department of posts had to be organized on a basis which previously had not existed, and was to be composed of several bureaus, each having in charge some distinct feature of the work of the postal service on the island.

The following orders, with their dates and numbers, were issued, creating the several bureaus of the department and defining the duties of each:

January 7, Order No. 6, bureau of finance.
January 18, Order No. 9, office of chief clerk.
January 25, Order No. 12, bureau of postal accounts.
January 26, Order No. 15, bureau of translation.
January 26, Order No. 16, bureau of appointments.
January 26, Order No. 17, bureau of transportation.
February 10, Order No. 18, bureau of postal money orders.
February 14, Order No. 21, registry bureau.
February 14, Order No. 22, bureau of special agents.
March 8, Order No. 25, dead-letter bureau.
June 1, Order No. 37, office of superintendent and disbursing officer.

In addition to these I have a legal adviser, but the organization of that branch of the work into a bureau has not been completed.

One of the first things to be done after assuming charge of postal affairs was to correct many evils then in practice in the service in connection with handling of the mails, and especially as to rates for delivery of letters and other mailable matter.

On January 11 I discontinued in the city of Habana the practice of carriers collecting fees for the delivery of letters and other mail matter, and have discontinued the practice in other cities and towns in the island as rapidly as it could be done without making changes which would be too abrupt and disturb too much the rapid delivery of mails.

On February 10 I issued an order looking to the consolidation of the military stations with the Cuban service, so that a uniform system could be established over the entire island.

On March 24, after a conference with you and the Postmaster-General, I issued an order, to be effective April 1, fixing the domestic postage rates in Cuba the same as


the rates in the United States. This cut down the postal receipts very much and decreased the revenues of the department but it was thought that the cheaper rates would increase the patronage of the service and assist greatly in introducing the system on the island and in making it popular with the people.

On March 15 I authorized and adopted the official seal of the department of posts of Cuba. The description of the seal is as follows:

“A disc one and seven-eighth inches in diameter, with outside and inside cireles the space between the two circles being three-sixteenths of one inch. The outside circle is a heavy corded line; the inside a plain line. Between the circles are the words “Department of Posts, Cuba,” and two stars.

“The centre of the disc represents in the main the entrance to Havana Harbor. In the foreground is a royal palm with tobacco plants at the base. Beyond is the entrance to the harbor and a vessel entering the same. In the distance is Morro Castle, and on the sea outside another small vessel. On the left of the centre of the disc is the Punta, and clouds overhanging the whole scene.”.

On May 27 I issued an order authorizing special agents of the department of posts to administer oaths in relation to all matters concerning the postal service of the island. This became necessary because of the excessive charges made by notaries and others empowered by the Spanish Government to administer oaths, and employees who were required to take the oath suffered great hardship because of these charge.

On June 7 an order was issued authorizing and adopting the official mail flag of the department, of which the following is a copy:

“The official mail flag of the department of posts of Cuba is hereby authorized and adopted to conform with the drawing hereto attached and made a part hereof. The following is a description of the official mail flag:

To be made of the best bunting, color of field red. To have a star of five points, made of white cloth, and to be situated near the hoist.

“To have the words 'Servicio de Correos de Cuba,' also of white cloth, to be placed in three lines as follows:

“Top line, the words 'Servicio de Correos;'
“Second line, the word 'de;'
Third line, the word 'Cuba.'
“The whole flag to be in shape a burgee.

“The following are the dimensions of a flag 12 feet long (flags of less or greater length are to preserve the same proportions): Length of flag

12 feet Width on the hoist..

6 feet Width on the point.

3 feet 9 inches Burgee to be made with an angle of 60°, length of cut 3 feet 3 inches. “Star to be 24 inches in diameter, the nearest point thereof to be 12 inches from the hoist.

“Letters of the word 'Cuba' and the initial letters of the words 'Servicio' and 'Correos' to be 12 inches in height, and the other letters to be 8 inches in height.

"It is intended that the flying of this flag shall indicate the presence of Cuban mails and authority to transport the same.

“All vessels carrying Cuban mails will display this flag.”

For the purpose of bringing to your attention in a more detailed way the work of the department of posts since its organization, I present the matter as it relates to the several bureaus created.

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To this bureau was assigned the charge and custody of postage stamps, stamped envelopes, and postal cards; the supplying of postmasters upon their requisitions for these supplies, and also the furnishing of all other supplies, printing, stationery, etc., for the department of posts and postmasters on the island. The chief of this bureau was placed under bonds for the faithful performance of duty.

Acting postmasters were sent out to the larger offices on the island and were placed under bond. At first other postmasters were not required to bond, and they were furnished stamps only upon payment for the same in advance. Later on I began gradually to put these postmasters under bond, so that supplies of stamps could be furnished.

The expense to the department of posts has been very great on account of furniture and all kinds of printed supplies, which have been ordered and furnished through the bureau of finance. There was not a piece of furniture, except some old and dilapidated pieces in the old post-office, and not a blank of any nature whatever for the department when I took charge on January 1. Books and blanks in use in

the United States could not be made of use here, and in consequence everything of that character had to be printed, and nearly all printed in both English and Spanish,

As to the volume of business in connection with the receipt and sale of stamped paper done in this bureau, I respectfully call your attention to the following figures:

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This makes a total value of stamped paper disposed of by sale or with bonded postmasters of $159,966.61, leaving a value on hand June 30 of $398,958.39.

This gives in a general way, and probably as much in detail as you desire, the transactions of the bureau of finance, and shows the volume of business done. It does not include the expenditures of the department made through this bureau for supplies and blanks of all kinds. These items will appear in another report.

BUREAU OF POSTAL ACCOUNTS. This bureau was created January 25, 1899, and with it all accounts have been filed arising in connection with the postal service of Cuba or relative thereto, together with the vouchers necessary to a correct adjustment thereof. In this bureau also the accounts have been audited and settled so far as they have been ready for final settlement.

I present below a statement of receipts and expenditures, the last being shown by items. This statement shows in a condensed form the expenditures of the department, including the work on the Habana city post-office, which makes a large item in the account. As you are aware, an old building in very bad condition was taken and converted into what is now one of the best-equipped public buildings on the island.

WAR 99—VOL 1, PT 6-27

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