Minister Russell to the Secretary of State.
Bogotá , March 16, 1905 .
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the National Assembly was opened here yesterday with much pomp and ceremony. The diplomatic corps in uniform marched with the President from the palace to the senate chamber through lines of the national troops drawn up on each sidewalk and sat in the diplomatic gallery through the reading of the President’s message. I inclose herewith a copy or said message with the parts marked that are of interest to the United States, and translations thereof.
I am, etc.,