The New York Times August 9, 1903
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8. --- Secretary Root to-day received a cablegram from Gov. Taft saying that Major Edwin C. Carter, Bishop Brent, and Dr. Albert had been appointed as an Opium Commission to visit countries where opium is used and ascertain the methods of regulation and control.
The commission will visit Japan, Formosa, Shanghai, Hongkong, Singapore, Java, and Burmah. An investigation of this kind is thought necessary on account of the opposition that has developed to the proposed bill for the regulation of opium.