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U.S. S. Vincennes

Classification: Cruiser (light surface vessel, subcategory (a))
Standard displacement: 9,400 tons (9,550 metric tons)
Length at water line: 569 feet
Extreme beam at or below water line: 61 feet 10 inches
Mean draft at standard displacement: 18 feet 8 inches
Caliber of largest gun: 8 inches
Date of completion : February 24, 1937

INTERNATIONAL LAW

CONVENTION AND PROTOCOLS ADOPTED AT THE CONFERENCE FOR THE

CODIFICATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, THE HAGUE, 1930 8 The NetherlandsNetherlands IndiesSurinam and Curaçao

The Secretary General of the League of Nations informed the Secretary of State by a circular letter dated April 15, 1937, that the instrument of ratification by the Netherlands of the following convention and protocols signed at The Hague on April 12, 1930, was deposited with the Secretariat on April 2, 1937: Convention on certain questions relating to the conflict of nation

ality laws; Protocol relating to military obligations in certain cases of

double nationality; and Protocol relating to a certain case of statelessness. As stated in the instrument, the ratification of these three agreements applies also to the Netherlands Indies and Surinam and Curaçao.

The instrument of ratification contains also a declaration excluding from acceptance by the Netherlands the provisions of articles 8, 9, and 10 of the convention on certain questions relating to the conflict of nationality laws.

The reservations regarding article 3 of the protocol relating to military obligations in certain cases of double nationality, made by the Netherlands when signing the protocol, were withdrawn.

In consequence of the ratification by the Netherlands, the number of ratifications and adherences provided for in article 25 of the convention mentioned above, and in article 9 of the protocol relating to a certain case of statelessness, being reached, this convention and protocol will enter into force, as between those states having ratified or adhered thereto, 90 days after April 2, 1937, the date on which a procès-verbal was drawn up by the Secretary General of the League of Nations stating that ratifications or adherences of 10 members of the League of Nations or nonmember states had been deposited with the Secretariat.

* See Bulletin No. 90, March 1937, p. 4.

The protocol relating to military obligations in certain cases of double nationality will enter into force for the Netherlands, the Netherlands Indies, and Surinam and Curaçao 90 days after April 2, 1937, this protocol having already received the number of ratifications and adherences necessary for its entry into force.

In execution of article 25 of the convention on certain questions relating to the conflict of nationality laws, and of article 9 of the protocol relating to a certain case of statelessness, the Secretary General of the League of Nations forwarded to the Secretary of State certified copies of the procès-verbaux drawn up on April 2, 1937, stating that 10 ratifications or adherences had been deposited with the Secretariat and that the agreements would enter into force on July 1, 1937, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of their articles 26 and 10, respectively. The procès-verbaux are printed below:

Procès-Verbal Regarding the Deposit of the Ten Ratifications or

Accessions Referred to in Article 25 of the Convention on Certain Questions Relating to the Conflict of Nationality Laws, Signed at The Hague, April 12, 1930

In accordance with Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Convention on certain questions relating to the conflict of nationality laws, signed at The Hague, on April 12th, 1930, the undersigned hereby certifies that the following instruments were deposited with the Secretariat of the League of Nations in connection with the above-mentioned Convention : (1) Instrument of accession of Norway, deposited on March 16th,

1931. (2) Instrument of accession of the Principality of Monaco, deposited

on April 27th, 1931. (3) Instrument of accession of Brazil, deposited on September 19th,

1931;

This accession is given with reservations as regards Articles 5, 6, 7, 16 and 17 which Brazil will not adopt owing to difficulties with which it has to contend in connection with

principles forming the basis of its internal legislation. (4) Instrument of ratification by Sweden, deposited on July 6th,

1933:
Subject to the following reservation :

The Swedish Government declares that it does not accept the provisions of the second sentence of Article 11, as binding upon it in the case where the wife, as referred to in the article, after recovering the nationality of her country of origin, fails

to establish her ordinary residence in that country. (5) Instrument of ratification for Great Britain and Northern Ire

land and all parts of the British Empire which are not separate Members of the League of Nations, deposited on April 6th, 1934

(6) Instrument of ratification by Canada, deposited on April 6th,

1934. (7) Instrument of ratification by Poland, deposited on June 15th,

1934. (8) Instrument of ratification by China, deposited on February 14th,

1935.

Subject to reservation as regards Article 4. (9) Instrument of ratification by India, deposited on October 7th,

1935;

Subject to the following reservation:

In accordance with the provisions of Article 29. His Britannic Majesty does not assume any obligation in respect of the territories in India of any Prince or Chief under His Suze

rainty or the population of the said territories. (10) Instrument of ratification by the Netherlands, deposited on

April 2nd. 1937:

(Including the Netherlands Indies, Surinam and Curaçao);

This ratification is given excluding from the acceptance by the Netherlands, in accordance with Article 20 of the Convention, the provisions of Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the said

Convention. In order to give effect to the second paragraph of the said Article 25, the undersigned has drawn up the present procès-verbal.

Done at Geneva on the 2nd day of April, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven.

The Secretary-General:

J. AVENOL Certified true copy.

For the Secretary-General: LEGAL ADVISER OF THE SECRETARIAT

Procès-Verbal Regarding the Deposit of the Ten Ratifications or

Accessions Referred to in Article 9 of the Protocol Relating to a Certain Case of Statelessness, Signed at The Hague, April 12, 1930

In accordance with Article 9, paragraph 1, of the Protocol relating to a certain case of statelessness, signed at The Hague on April 12th, 1930, the undersigned hereby certifies that the following instruments were deposited with the Secretariat of the League of Nations in connection with the above-mentioned Protocol : (1) Instrument of accession of Brazil, deposited on September 19th,

1931. (2) Instrument of ratification for Great Britain and Northern Ire

land and all parts of the British Empire which are not separate Members of the League of Nations, deposited on January

14th, 1932. (3) Instruments of ratification by India, deposited on September

28th, 1932;

Subject to the following reservation:

In accordance with the provisions of Article 13 of this Protocol, His Britannic Majesty does not assume any obligation in respect of the territories in India of any Prince or Chief

under His Suzerainty or the population of the said territories. (4) Instrument of ratification by Poland, deposited on June 15th,

1934. (5) Instrument of ratification by China, deposited on February 14th,

1935. (6) Instrument of ratification by Chile, deposited on March 20th,

1935. (7) Instrument of ratification by Australia, deposited on July 8th,

1935;

(Including the territories of Papua and Norfolk Island and

the mandated territories of New Guinea and Nauru). (8) Instrument of accession of Salvador, deposited on October 14th,

1935. (9) Instrument of ratification by the Union of South-Africa,

deposited on April 9th, 1936. (10) Instrument of ratification by the Netherlands, deposited on

April 2nd, 1937;

(Including the Netherlands Indies, Surinam and Curaçao). In order to give effect to the second paragraph of the said Article 9, the undersigned has drawn up the present procès-verbal.

Done at Geneva on the second day of April, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven.

The Secretary-General:

J. AVENOL Certified true copy.

For the Secretary-General: LEGAL ADVISER OF THE SECRETARIAT

RESTRICTION OF WAR

CONVENTION FOR THE ADAPTATION TO MARITIME WARFARE OF THE

PRINCIPLES OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION (TREATY SERIES, No.

543)* Italy

The Netherlands Minister at Washington informed the Secretary of State by a note dated March 25, 1937, that the instrument of ratification by Italy of the convention for the adaptation to maritime warfare of the principles of the Geneva convention of July 6, 1906, signed at the Second Peace Conference at The Hague on October 18, 1907, was deposited on February 15, 1937. In accordance with the terms of article 26 of the convention it entered into effect for Italy 60 days after the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, namely, on April 16, 1937.

*36 Stat. (pt. 2) 2371; see also Bulletin No. 89, February 1937, p. 7.

POLITICAL

BOUNDARIES

TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED

MEXICAN STATES WHEREBY ARTICLE VIII OF THE BOUNDARY TREATY CONCLUDED BETWEEN THE Two COUNTRIES ON DECEMBER 30, 1853, IS TERMINATED

On April 13, 1937, the Mexican Ambassador and the Secretary of State of the United States signed a treaty providing for the termination of article VIII of the treaty of boundary, cession of territory, and transit of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec concluded between the two countries at Mexico City on December 30, 1853, known as the Gadsden treaty (Treaty Series, No. 208). The article in question reads as follows:

"The Mexican government having on the 5th of February 1853 authorized the early construction of a plank and railroad across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and to secure the stable benefits of said transit way to the persons and merchandise of the citizens of Mexico and the United States, it is stipulated that neither government will interpose any obstacle to the transit of persons and merchandise of both nations; and at no time shall higher charges be made on the transit of persons and property of citizens of the United States than may be made on the persons and property of other foreign nations, nor shall any interest in said transit way, nor in the proceeds thereof, be transferred to any foreign government.

“The United States by its Agents shall have the right to transport across the Isthmus, in closed bags, the mails of the United States not intended for distribution along the line of communication; also the effects of the United States government and its citizens, which may be intended for transit, and not for distribution on the Isthmus, free of custom-house or other charges by the Mexican government. Neither passports nor letters of security will be required of persons crossing the Isthmus and not remaining in the country.

“When the construction of the railroad shall be completed, the Mexican government agrees to open a port of entry in addition to the port of Vera Cruz, at or near the terminus of said road on the Gulf of Mexico.

“The two governments will enter into arrangements for the prompt transit of troops and munitions of the United States, which that government may have occasion to send from one part of its territory to another, lying on opposite sides of the continent.

“The Mexican government having agreed to protect with its whole power the prosecution, preservation and security of the work, the

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