EUGENIO MARIA DE HOSTOS’S TEXTS WRITTEN in NEW YORK- INTERVIEWS WITH THE AMERICAN PRESS
- The Globe Democrat
PUERTO RICO ASKS FOR FREE TRADE WITH US.
President Receives Also Petitions for a
Representative Local Government and Other Relief from
Washington, Jan. 20.- The Puerto Rican Commissioners now in Washington, Dr. Julio Henna, Dr. Eugenio Maria de Hostos and Dr. Zeno y Candia, had an interview with President McKinley today and presented petitions praying for relief from Spanish laws and customs.
Among the petitions is one praying for the appointment of a civil governor, either a native of Puerto Rican or an American
who is able to speak Spanish as well as English fluently; also for a legislative assembly of fourteen representatives, two to be elected from each of the different provinces of the island.
The Puerto Ricans also ask for free trade with the United States; a complete revision of the public school system of the Island.
The President stated that it was his intention that the inhabitants of Puerto Rico should enjoy as much liberty and privilege as American citizens.