EUGENIO MARIA DE
HOSTOSíS TEXTS WRITTEN in NEW YORK-
INTERVIEWS WITH THE
b. The Press,
New York, July 27, 1898
Prosperity for Puerto Rico
Eugenio M. Hostos
Result of the War
Love for the Americans
People Who Live on the
Island, He Says, Are in Favor of Annexation
From the Regular
Correspondent of The Press.
WASHINGTON,july27.-EugenioM. Hostos, who, with Dr. E. Betances,
now Cuban delegate in Paris, was the leader of the revolutionary
movement in Puerto Rico until Spanish hostility compelled him to
leave the island some years ago, arrived in Washington today. Mr.
Hostos represents the political emigrants from Cuba and Puerto
Rico, who now live in Caracas and several other South American
cities, and is here to learn the probable status of both islands
in the now certain event of American victory.
Perhaps no native
Puerto Rican, with the possible exception of Dr. Betances, is more
loved and respected by his countrymen than Mr. Hostos. He was born
in Mayaguez, on the west coast of Puerto Rico, 69 years ago, and
has spent the greater part of his life working for the liberty of
Cuba and his native island. He is a man of broad ideas and liberal
education, being a Ph.D. and the author of several books. He and
Dr. Betances were comrades and now are great friends.
In an interview today
Mr. Hostos said he came to Washington to learn the actual
condition of Puerto Rico and the results of the American invasion.
Nothing could be said about the future of the Island, however, he
asserted, until after the war. All that is to be done now is to
wait until the United States has driven the Spaniards out of the
"In the meantime,"
continued Mr. Hostos, "we see in the outcome of this war provoked by
Spain a new and broader horizon for this truly great Republic as
well as for Cuba and Puerto Rico.
"We must devote our
thoughts and works to what will result in the higher glory and
greater good of the United States and in the reconstruction of the
new Antilles under the protection of the American eagle.
There is no doubt that
Puerto Rico, under the protection of the United States, would become
a political and economical force, because the United States will
know how to develop resources which Spain has neglected."
(2) GRATEFUL ALLIES
"It undoubtedly is
better for the United States to have allies and grateful friends
than territories and populations dependent upon it. We have seen
that in war the United States is not to be overcome, and in peace it
should be an even greater force and power. If the United States
teach the Puerto Ricans all that Spain has not taught them, there is
no doubt that the independence of the Island would be more to the
advantage of the Republic than annexation. At the same time,
however, I must repeat that a discussion of the future of the Island
now is premature. We have a great love for this country and for
Americans, and our people are willing to be your people."