Negros, November 7, 1899.

His Excellency the President of the United States:

The civil governor, councilors, judges, and secretaries who constitute the new government of this island, in taking possession of their offices this day, have the high honor of affectionately saluting your excellency, and trust that in the inauguration of this form of government, based upon the liberal and democratic institutions which have made that great Republic so grand and prosperous, a new era will open up to this region, which will enable it to reach the ultimate goal of its aspirations.

Melecio Severino.


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