This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...to dark with men and women in all stages of misery waiting for the governor to relieve them. A little later, when his territory of command ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...to dark with men and women in all stages of misery waiting for the governor to relieve them. A little later, when his territory of command had been extended from the mere city of Santiago to the entire province, he organized a supreme court, established a school system, devised new methods of taxation, forbade bullfighting and cocking mains, and worked a hundred other wonders. Up to the 1st of January, 189, he had paid all the expenses of his government out of the ordinary revenues that he had collected, and had actually saved $227,000. This sum he appropriated for public improvements, and under his direct super vision there were constructed 5 miles of asphalt pavement, 15 miles of country pike, and li miles of macadam, and 200 miles of country road were opened up. A quarter of a mile of macadam pavement which the Spaniards had laid along the water front a yearbeforehad eosts-lSii.OiX). Wood's engineers paved a large proportion of the city's streets with asphalt, 5 miles in all. for less than $175,000. General Wood's methods of dealing with affairs were as characteristic as they were suggestive. Early one morning he wanted to see the chief engineer of the waterworks, and he sent a polite note requesting an immediate visit. The chief engineer was a Spaniard and deliberate. He didn't come. Wood sent a more urgent request: still no engineer. Then he sent a corporal's guard, and brought the engineer in his pajamas. After that officials came when they were sent for. General Wood's government of the Cubans was a curious admixture of old townmeeting republicanism with abso'ute autocracy; it was the wise autocrat standing behind and guiding the deliberations of the town meeting. In every town that he visited he called the chief men together, told them what h...Read Less
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