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TO VISIT CAPITAL
_
Dr. Miguel M. Comez Plans
to Take Over Office
on May 20.
BY WILLIAM E. SHEA.
Dr. Miguel Mariano Comez. Presi
dent-elcet of Cuba, will do well if he
gets all the enjoyment possible out
of the round of entertainments being
prepared for him on his arrival in
Washington from California Tuesday.
Dr. Comez will take over the presi
aency oi wuDa on
May 20. and from
that day onward
his opportunities
for getting pleas
ure out of life
will be few.
The plans for
Dr. Comez's re
ception and en
tertainment while
in Washington, as
t e n t a t ively ar
ranged a week in
advance, provide
for a night at the
White House,
Tuesday; Wed
Dr. fomn.
nesaay, a luiicueuu » me
can Union, a reception at the Cuban
Embassy, and a dinner at the Mary
land home of Sumner Welles, Under
secretary of State. Dr. Comez will
spend Wednesday night at the Cuban
Embassy and the following day he will
leave for New York.
Continuing improvement of Cuba's
economic situation, which began with
a rise in the price of sugar in 1933,
will have a softening effect on the
problems facing President-elect Comez
when he takes office, but even so, they
will tax his resources to the utmost.
Comezs task will be to bring his
country back to normalcy. Under
Machado, Cuba was for years in the
grip of a ruthless dictatorship. Con
stitutional guarantees were suspended,
the Parliament and judiciary were
deprived of all power, and no citizen
could call his life his own. The regime
was one of personal government run
wild.
Violence Met By Violence.
Opposition to Machado took a form
no less violent. For every enemy of
the administration slain by Machado's
porra or his secret police, the under
ground revolutionary groups made re
prisals. Almost hourly, day and night,
bombs exploded in Havana’s streets.
Then in September 1933 came the
coup by the army sergeants, led by
Fulgencio Batista. Machado was com
pelled to flee the country by airplane,
taking with him, according to gossip,
$6,000,000 in bills hastily stuffed into
a suitcase. Thereafter in rapid suc
cession the presidency was occupied
by the mild and pacific Carlos Manuel
de Cespedes, the semi-radical Grau
San Martin, the youthful Carlos
Hevia, whose tenure of office was
limited to 24 hours and whose chief
qualification was that he was a gradu
ate of the United States Naval
Academy and presumably persona
grata to Washington; Col. Carlos
Mendletq, a veteran of the Cuban
war of independence, and the present
incumbent, Jose T. Barnet, a career
man in Cuba’s diplomatic service.
Followers Expect Reward.
Comez, like all presidents when they
enter office, whether in Cuba, the
United States, or elsewhere, has
numerous “deserving” followers who
will expect to be rewarded for their
services to him. When and if Comez
begin's throwing Batistas out of jobs
to make way for his own followers, he
will have very serious trouble with
the head of the army. And the
moment Comez loses the support of the
army he will be out of a job himself.
Depending on whether you talk with
a friend of Comez's in Havana or an
opponent, you will be told (a) that
the president-elect is the answer to
Cuba's call and that he will make a
splendid success of his presidency;
and(b) that he will be unable to solve j
Cuba’s economic and political pro
blems and will go the way of all re
cent presidents to oblivion.
The argument which Comez’s friends
make in support of their thesis runs
about as follows: Comezs is a young
man—in his early forties—and though
not robust he has the endurance to
stay on the job early and late, as he
will have to do; always he has been a
hard and conscientious worker. It is
to his advantage that he does not
belong among the veterans of 1895
who have dominated Cuban politics
throughout the life of the Republic,
to Cuba's great cost. There have been
Cubans who, to put it that way, have
used public office to go from poverty
to riches, but Comez enters the presi
dency the possessor of a considerable
fortune inherited from his father,
Jose Miguel Comez, who was Cuba's
second president.
Wants Pure Regime.
Comez, the son, will not use the pres
idency to enrich himself. The admin
istration of the elder Comez has been
called some very harsh names, and
the son, his friends say. is determined
that his government will be so upright
and honest that it will remove any
trace of odium that still attaches to
the family name.
Comez has been in public life for
many years, first as a Representative j
• in the Cuban Congress and later as
Wed 50 Years
LOCAL COUPLE CELEBRATES
IN CALIFORNIA.
r.1 ■ '■ i
MR. AND MRS. CHARLES
DEFOREST ROBERTS
Of this city, who celebrate
their 50th wedding anniver
sary today. They are visit
ing in Los Angeles, Calif.
They are the parents of Mrs.
Ernest R. Grant, managing
director of the District of Co
lumbia Tuberculosis Associa
tion. -Harris-Ewing Photo.
-•
Lanterns Adorn Streets.
Dairen. Manchukuo, has “dressed
up" by hanging strings of Japanese
lanterns across all business streets.
the mayor of Havana, and has both '
legislative and administrative ex- j
perience. He has a practical knowl
edge of Cuba's domestic problem and
he has a sympathetic understanding
of his country's special relationship
to the United States.
His record as mayor of Havana was
outstanding in several respects.
Without aid from the national treas
ury he built two large hospitals and
a large industrial school for boys, and
he made It his personal business to j
see that they and the other Institu
tions maintained by the city were
competently and efficiently managed.
Finally, say his friends, the Cuban j
people have faith in him and will
give him patient support. They are
weary of revolutions and dictators and
want nothing so much as a speedy I
return to constiutional government.
Critics See Downfall.
The foregoing is In substance what !
Comez's friends and admiring well- |
wishers say. Comez's political enemies, i
on the other hand, and cynics gen- i
erally, paint a much more somber pic
ture. They point out that for Comez i
to succeed the first requisite will be a i
strong and disciplined party behind
him. This he has not got. His elec
tion last January was effected by a
coalition of his own personal party,
the Accion Republicans, with frag
ments of the old Liberal party and
the Nacionalistas, aided by forthright
support from the Army. It is said that
these groups will quarrel with each
other, just as happened with the
coalition government of Mendieta. and
that they will drift awray from the
President. Comez is not a “strong”
man and will not be able to supply
the cement to hold his assortment of
followers together. Nor will he be
able to give them jobs to keep them
contented.
Nowadays things happen rapidly in
Cuba. After Comez goe* into office
May 20, not many weeks will pass be
fore he will be put to a test. If he
meets the first test with ability and
courage his chances will be enhanced
of being the man to carry Cuba from
the chaos and bloodshed of the recent
past to the peace and prosperity that
should be Cuba's lot.
(Copyright. 1936. New York Tribune. Ine.i.
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