Messersmith, G.S., Havana. To Sumner Welles, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Resignation of [Pedro] Martinez Fraga a surprise, but was aware of Government's dissatisfaction with him; believes Batista asked for resignation because of misinformation he was giving concerning negotiations of U.S. loan; sound, conservative Cubans will be pleased, as will most of men in Government; received call from [José Manuel] Cortina at six o'clock yesterday saying morning papers would announce resignation of high official of Cuban Government, but should not disturb good relations of Cuba with U.S.; yet according to telephone conversation with Welles this A.M., he had been with Martinez Fraga and Cuban delegation from 4 to 5:30 yesterday and Martinez Fraga had said nothing of resignation; understands [Aurelio Fernandez] Concheso after job; hopes Concheso doesn't get it as he is an opportunist and believed to be pro-Fascist and pro-German; sounder Cuban elements pressing for appointment of Ramiro Guerra y Sanchez; talking to Cortina at 4 p.m.; he may give further information.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.