No. 50.
Mr. Carlisle to Mr. Bayard.

No. 36.]

Sir: I have the honor to advise that the national congress of Bolivia in ordinary annual session met in Sucre and perfected its organization on the 6th of August last.

The returns of the election held on the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th of May, for president and vice-presidents of the Republic, for the constitutional period of four years, were then canvassed and verified by that body on the 13th of August, as follows:

For president: Anicito Arce, 25,396 votes; Eliodora Camacho, 7,183 votes; scattering, 1,839 votes; total, 34,418 votes.

For first vice-president: José Manuel del Carpio, 21,537 votes; Belisario Salinas, 6,353 votes; Julio Mendez, 998 votes; Antonio Moreno, 657 votes; scattering, 4,873 votes.

For second vice-president: Serapio Réyes Ortiz, 21,995 votes; Demetrio Calbimonte, 6,260 votes; scattering, 6,163 votes.

And in conformity thereto a congressional decree was issued same day proclaiming as elected president, Aniceto Arce; first vice-president, José Manuel del Carpio; second vice-president, Serapio Réyes Ortiz, and fixing the 15th of August for the ceremonial of investiture.

The ceremony took place on that day, and the President elect pronounced before congress, on receiving the insignia of office, a discourse, which I inclose herewith in newspaper copy, with translation.

The first executive decree, issued August 15, continued the members of the cabinet in their respective offices for the time being.

I may be permitted to add that the present administration begins its functions in the light of abundant promise. The revolutionary party, in the overwhelming defeat of Camacho, is broken up and the country, under the capable and firm guidance of its present executive, is about entering upon an era of profound peace and prosperity.

I am, etc.,

S. S. Carlisle.
[Inclosure in No. 36.—Translation.]

Discourse pronounced by Dr. Aniceto Arce on receiving the insignia of supreme power.

Mr. President, Honorable Representatives of the Nation:

Agreeably to constitutional mandate you have completed the work of investing me with the insignia of the supreme power to which the suffrage of my countrymen has elevated me; and in accepting it I appreciate the sacred obligations which the solemn oath I have just taken imposes upon me, in the presence of the God of our country, that lie may favor my sincere designs, and before the worthy representatives of [Page 52] the nation, to the end that by their well-directed acts and abilities they may unitedly further the patriotic purposes of the Government which you have inaugurated. To accomplish and make good the law is the synthesis of the responsibility of the mandatory, and the moral force of the nation increases when these duties are performed on the part of the authorities and of the people.

Invested with the insignia of head of the nation, I cease to be a party leader, and burying in the pit of oblivion the incidents natural and logical in the election contests of a democratic people, I invoke the support of all those citizens, lovers of their native land, to the end that they may assist me to build up the prosperity of the country.

Thus the preservation of public order as a source of the general good should be the work of those who were before of opposite political parties, and you, legislators, could peacefully provide for the necessities of the different means of public administration, and the Government execute your mandate with decision and patriotism.

With an earnest, constant desire I shall maintain the pleasant relations which now bind us to all the nations, and those especially ought to be fraternal which we should observe toward the neighbors which surround us.

The questions should be discussed in peaceful harmony and their determination placed upon the ground of strict justice.

Honorable senators and deputies, allow me, in this moment of a sacred and patriotic effusion of my soul, to render homage of gratitude to the illustrious mandatory who has just delivered the authority, full of glory, for having; wisely preserved the public order without any interruption during his period of office, transmitting the power which the representatives of the people had intrusted to him in the midst of the peace which we now enjoy; glory and honor for having guarded the exercise of the public liberties, making them practical, especially the most precious of these liberties, the liberty of the press, even in its surprising and grievous misguidance. High honor it is for him to leave to the nation an army, moral and disciplined, meritorious defender of his native land, worthy supporter of republican institutions.

Honorable representatives, from your august presence I speak also to the people whom you represent; and in promising upon oath the performance of my arduous duties before you, I do so with the same entireness before them, in order that my course of action, so many times disclosed, may be faithfully carried out.

I pray that God and the representatives of the nation will aid me in this great work.

Aniceto Arce.