The Hong Kong Government Gazette/Volume 66/No 2 Extraordinary

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The Hong Kong
Government Gazette

Published by Authority.


The following Notification is published,

By command,

Colonial Secretary.



No. 12.—His Excellency the Governor has received a telegram from the Secretary of State for the Colonies to the effect that the proc,s verbal of deposit of ratification of the Treaty of Peace with Germany was- signed at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the 10th of January.

Colonial Secretary.

13th January, 1920.

Printed and Published by NORONHA & CO., Printers to the Hongkong Government.

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