Excerpt from The Cyclopedic Review of Current History, 1902, Vol. 12
Tomas Estrada Palma has a difficult task before him, one which will test not only his patriotism, his strength of character and his wisdom, but also his powers as a leader, the inﬂexibility of his purpose, and the courage of his honest convictions. He will find in Havana that caldron wherein seethes the political life of Cuba, and a thousand men ready to uphold his hands if he will but listen to their voices and do as they think best, either for the country itself or for their own interests. It is clique against clique, ring within ring, and interest against interest. Few Americans have a clear conception of the task which fell to the military and civil government of Cuba, appointed by President mckinley. Two military governors who preceded him failed to comprehend and to grasp conditions as they were; but Governor Wood has met diplomacy with diplo macy, intrigue with firmness, insanity with common sense, and he has with firm hand held all baleful inﬂuences in restraint. Left to themselves, will the Cubans be able to continue the present peaceful regime? That is the question with which President Palma has most to do. Theories of government can be formulated in offices, but the administra tion of government, especially one which is new in all its features and is concerned with people still slightly bewildered as to their own status, is a matter that requires great ability, firm ness, and courage.
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