File No. 847/152–153.
Chargé Weitzel to the Secretary of State.
Panama, October 2, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to advise, in continuation of my telegram of even date, that the inauguration of the Hon. José Domingo de Obaldia, as President of the Republic, took place at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, at the National Theater, in the presence of the members of the National Assembly, the diplomatic and consular corps, officials from the Canal Zone, the commander and two officers of the U. S. S. Buffalo, and an assemblage of about 2,000 people. The retiring President, Dr. Amador, did not attend, nor did any of the prominent members of the opposition party.
Immediately after the ceremony a reception was held by the President for the diplomatic and consular corps in the Government Palace, during the course of which Mr. C. E. Mallet, the British minister resident and acting dean, made a short address of congratulations and good wishes, which was responded to by His Excellency. The members of the diplomatic corps thereafter went to the Executive Mansion to pay respects to Madame Obaldia. Late in the afternoon I called alone on Dr. Amador and his wife at his private residence. He leaves soon for Jamaica, to be gone two months.
I am sending under separate cover inclosure No. 1, three copies of the addresses delivered by the president of the National Assembly and the President of the Republic, respectively, at the inaugural ceremonies, and inclosure No. 2, a translation of the latter’s discourse as it appeared in a local newspaper of the Obaldia party.
I have, etc.,