Chargé Heimké to the Secretary of State .
Bogota , April 22, 1907 .
I have the honor to transmit herewith, in duplicate, a clipping from the Diario Oficial of this city, of the 17th instant, and, also in duplicate, a translation of a decree passed by the national constituent and legislative assembly in its session of the 3d instant, and approved by the President of the Republic of Colombia on the 15th of the present month, making provision for the assembling of the next constitutional congress, which is to meet, once in every two years, at this capital; that its ordinary sessions shall be ninety days in duration; that the initial date for the meeting of the first Congress is fixed for the 1st of February, 1910, “although the executive power may anticipate, or the assembly, by the enactment of a law, postpone the same if the public interests should so demand;” and that until the time of the assembling of the first Congress before mentioned the national constitutent and legislative assembly will continue to exercise the legislative functions which, by the constitution, appertain to the Congress in extraordinary sessions.
Although the general public, at the time of the convocation of the national assembly, now sitting in extraordinary session, had hoped that Congress would be convened at some time during the present year, the above named decree, fixing the date of its first meeting for the 1st of February, 1910—three years hence—has been calmly received by the masses throughout the country, so far as has been ascertained, and without the faintest sign of dissatisfaction or disappointment; or, in other words, the decree has been accepted in a practical sense as a matter of fact, and unlike the enactment of similar measures in previous years, which is considered as an index of the present sensible and peacefully inclined spirit of the people, who have come to regard the rule of President Reyes as wise and for the best interests of the [Page 295] country, and whose sincerity in this respect is neither doubted nor questioned by those who know the character of the present progressive Chief Executive of Colombia.
I have, etc.,