Mr. Carlisle to Mr. Bayard.
La Paz, Bolivia , September 10, 1888. (Received October 15.)
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.,