THE CONSPIRACY OF THE PRESIDENT
THE AIR WAS full of rumors, and the "Ortodoxos" continued announcing that on inauguration day Prío would go from the Palace to La Cabaña, the old Spanish fortress, to answer for the acts of vandalism committed by his Administration. He was threatened with the confiscation of all his wealth, and his relatives and collaborators were to be tried before a people's court. Chibás' death gave the Priistas some measure of hope. The upper echelon of the Government felt that things were going their way, believing that the "Ortodoxo" Party would fall apart without its leader. The board of the Party of the Cuban People acted swiftly but, as several candidates to the chairmanship appeared, confusion ensued. Dr. Agramonte boldly declared himself the heir of the dead leader. He argued that he had a secret agreement with Chibás and was the depository of his program. The party finally backed him, and he was proclaimed the Presidential candidate.
The atmosphere was again one of great agitation and as the campaign proceeded, action became more violent and threats increased.
One day in February I was informed by one of the officers of the group whom I had previously dissuaded from revolt that Prío had held a meeting with the Chief of the Army and other officers at Camp Columbia, to discuss a plan to prevent the holding of the national elections. He had explained the national situation and his tactics for immobilizing my candidacy. And he had tried to convince them that a victory by my party would