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IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION OF DECEMBER 15, 1896,
REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE, SUBMITTING A LIST
OF CLAIMS FILED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE BY CITI-
ZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST SPAIN, ARISING OUT
OF THE INSURRECTION EXISTING IN THE ISLAND of cuba,
AND THE ACCOMPANYING PAPERS RELATING TO THE VESSEL
CALLED "COMPETITOR" AND THE PERSONS CLAIMING AMERI-
CAN CITIZENSHIP CAPTURED THEREON.

JANUARY 22, 1897.-Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed.

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To the Senate of the United States:

In response to the resolution of the Senate of December 15, 1896, relating to Cuban affairs, I transmit a report from the Secretary of State, submitting a list of the claims filed in the Department of State by citizens of the United States against Spain, arising out of the insurrection existing in the Island of Cuba, and the accompanying correspondence relating to the vessel called the "Competitor" and the persons claiming American citizenship captured thereon, which I deem it not incompatible with the public interests to communicate.

EXECUTIVE MANSION,

Washington, January 22, 1897.

The PRESIDENT:

GROVER CLEVELAND.

In response to the resolution of the Senate of the United States of December 15, 1896, reading as follows

Resolved, That the President is requested, if it is not in his opinion incompatible with the public service, to send to the Senate copies of the papers relating to the condition of affairs in the Island of Cuba, which are referred to in the report of the Secretary of State that accompanies his last annual message as papers collected in the annual volume entitled Foreign Relations of the United States. And also a

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statement of the several amounts of the claims lodged in the Department of State by citizens of the United States against Spain, growing out of the alleged insurrection now existing in the Island of Cuba.

And also all correspondence with the Spanish Government relating to the vessel called the Competitor and the persons captured with or near that vessel, with a statement of the charges pending in any court in Spain or Cuba against said persons, and the proceedings of such court in those cases, and the place of their imprisonment, the character of their treatment while in prison, and the condition of their health; whether said prisoners have had the privilege of counsel of their own selection on any trial that has taken place on such charges, or were represented by any consul, attorney, or other agent of the United States

the undersigned, Secretary of State, has the honor to submit a list of claims filed in the Department of State by citizens of the United States against Spain, arising out of the existing insurrection in the Island of Cuba, and correspondence relating to the vessel known as the Competitor and the persons claiming American citizenship captured thereon, with a view to its transmission to the Senate if deemed not incompatible with the public interests.

The preparation of the copies of correspondence called for in the first part of the resolution requiring more time than has been found necessary in the case of those herewith transmitted, it has been thought proper not to delay longer in submitting to you the documents now ready.

Respectfully submitted.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, January 22, 1897.

RICHARD OLNEY.

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List of claims against Spain, growing out of the insurrection in Cuba, filed in the Department of State.

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