P456 We are in the southeast part of Panama, in the The Cabinet is composed of Ministers of Government and
grassy courtyard of the building in which the first Con- Foreign Relations, Justice and Public In'truction, Fin-
gress held its meetings. ance and Public Works,-appointed by the President.
President Manuel Amador is the tall, slender man with The Members of Congress hre assembled are chiefly
gray hair and moustache, sitting next to the end of the planters or business and professional men; most of them
front row of his colleagues. The independence of the are of Spanish descent; some have French, Indian or
Republic of Panama was declared November 4, 1903. African blood. They are divided into two parties,-
On February 20, 1904, the first presidential inauguration Liberal and Opposition; their deliberations are conducted
cook place. in Spanish.
President Amador was born in Cartagena, Colombia, From Notes o Travel No. 4. copyright 1907 by Luderwood &
and educated for the profession of medicine. He has Underwood.
been a resident of the Isthmus since 1860. For many--- --
years he was chief medical adviser to the Panama Rail- President Amador and first congress of the republic of
road Company and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Panama.
He has long been identified with the best political interests Le Pr6sident Amador et le premier congres de la R6pub-
of the country, though never seeking office. More than lique de Panama.
thirty years previous, during a time of political discontent 3raifibent imnabor unb ber erfte Iongreff her yiepublif,
and unrest (1869), he had been elected d:President of Pan- 3anama.
ama, but a revolution suddenly changed political condi- Presidente Amador y el primer Congreso de la Reptblica
tions on the Isthmus and he did not actually assume office. de Panami.
This time the executive powers of government have been Fresident Amador och republike'n Panamas fdrsta
decisively placed in his able hands. congress.
The Constitution of the country calls tor the election of IIpe3aneaHT AMaAopb H nepBnsi KoHrpecob IIaaaMcKoi
three Vice Presidents as well as the Chief Executive. pecany6.aiKi.
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