New York Times
November 27, 1937, page 1

Gen. Machado Arrested in Hospital Here; Cuba Plans to Press for His Extradition

Armed with a warrant in extradition proceedings which had been outstanding since 1934, the United States Marshal's office yesterday arrested General Gerardo Machado, deposed President of Cuba, wanted there on charges of murder and embezzlement.

Machado successfully eluded arrest for more than three years, but last Monday his attorney, Francis A. O'Neill, former United States Commissioner, announced that his client, who had come to the United States from Canada for an operation, would surrender in a week.

It was learned the same day that Machado was a patient in the Murray Hill Hospital, 80 East Fortieth Street, a fact that was published in newspapers. Yesterday Leo Lowenthal, Chief Deputy United States Marshal, went to the hospital, served the warrant upon Machado, and left the former President of Cuba in his sick-bed under a twenty-four-hour guard.

Mr. Lowenthal said that Machado would not be brought to the Federal Building until Monday-the day Mr. O'Neill had planned to surrender him, and at the same time ask his former colleague, Garrett W. Cotter, United States Commissioner to dismiss the extradition proceeding.

Mr. O'Neill pointed out Monday that Commissioner Cotter, at his request, had dismissed similar proceedings brought against Alberto Herrera y Franchi on the ground that his offenses against the government were political. He said the alleged mass murders laid to Machado in 1933 were "deaths due to the exercise of the police power of the then existing government."


HAVANA, Nov. 26.-The Cuban Government will push the extradition of the island's former dictator, Gerardo Machado, now under arrest in New York, according, to Secretary of State Juan Remos tonight.

"The Cuban Government will sustain the charges made against Machado in 1934 on which an effort will be made to bring about his extradition. The matter is entirely in the hands of the Cuban Embassy at Washington and the United States authorities," Remos said.

The Secretary of State asserted, however, that the Cuban Government had taken no specific action as a result of Machado's arrest. The news of his detention came as a surprise to the public here, since successive administrations in Cuba have not made any real effort to bring the former President back to face charges of embezzlement, assassination and other crimes.