Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Dr. M. Santos]
OF DR. M. SANTOS
I was born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, in 1886. I came to Key West eight months after my birth. Of Key West I remember very little. I remember that my father had a bakery, and I saw many horses. I remember having been in a private school which was more to keep me from annoying in the house.
I had two years and was very fond of a lady that was named Mrs. Francicsa. She had a baby boy, and I was so jealous that one day I grabbed him by the neck, and if he had not been taken away from me, I believe I would have smothered him.
I was in Key West until around ‘94. The greatest impression I had was when I came to Tampa, and saw an electric street car. The impression that it gave me was that how could a street car move without horses. I would stand up on the seat and would ask my mother where were the horses, and she would tell me that they were behind the street car. The first thing I did when I stepped down was to go running to see where the horses were.
The first school I went to here was the Free School on 8th Avenue, between 13th and 14th. The mother superior (superiora)
I remember that the Federal Government took military possession of the Centro Espanol when war was declared between the United States and Spain, We used to hollow through the streets, “Hurrah for McKinley,” I also remember
(1) I presume he means the principal.