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Preamble
    The United States of America, The British Empire, France, Italy and Japan, hereinafter referred to as the Signatory Powers, desiring to make more effective the rules adopted by civilized nations for the protection of the lives of neutrals and noncombatants at sea in time of war, and to prevent the use in war of noxious gases and chemicals, have determined to conclude a treaty to this effect, and have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, having communicated their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed as follows:


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