Messersmith, G.S., Havana. To Philip W. Bonsal, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Thinks [Orestes] Ferrara's stay in Spain on any mission of Cuban Government will be short; has heard nothing more on Spanish note or Cuba's reply; matter of a break in relations squarely up to Spain, but she is likely to take no action; Spain knows break would have adverse effect on her relations with other American republics; comments on propaganda activities of Italians, Germans, Japanese, and Spanish in Cuba; they are generally ineffective; more dangerous are Catholic clergy in Cuba, who have been taught that Franco saved Catholic Church and as Germany lent her support to Franco, they think of Hitler as the bulwark of the Catholic Church; also dangerous are the Communists; move abroad to have Communist Party declared illegal; Communists, with whom Batista made deal before election, are now an embarrassment to him, and he would like someone to "pull his chestnuts out of the fire."
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.