Cuban Refugees in Key West Their Devotion to the Cause Peculiarities of the Town Odd Sights and Sounds Filibusters and Their Work The First Authorized Expedition It Is a Failure The Second More Successful Landing Supplies for the Insurgents Captain Jose Lacret, and Some of His Adventures.
Accompanying him were a large number of Spanish soldiers. His being highly educated, a man of good presence and a "padre" were sufficient to give him entrance into the best Spanish society of Sagua la Grande. Lacret stopped at the finest hotel, and when in the cafe sat at the alcalde's right hand. After communicating with the insurgents the "padre" suddenly disappeared from the hotel.
The expedition was convoyed by the cruiser Marblehead, the torpedo-boat destroyer Eagle and other warships. Two younger brothers of the late General Nestor Aranguren are with the expedition. When the present revolution in Cuba began General Jose Lacret Morlot, by which title he is popularly known, secured passage on the steamer Mascotte for Jamaica on his way to Cuba.
These men and the equipment constituted an expedition able to operate independently and to defend itself against any body of Spanish troops which might oppose it. The expedition was under the command of Captain Jose Lacret, formerly insurgent commander in Matanzas province. He assumed the direction of affairs immediately on the landing of the expedition.