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[OPENING OF THE PANAMA CANAL.]
J3S the lPreelbent of the Itlniteb States of gmerica,
W HEREAS, Section 4 of the Act of Congress entitled "An Act To pro-
vide for the opening, maintenance, protection and operation of the
Panama Canal, and the sanitation and government of the Canal
Zone", approved August 24, 1912, (37 Stat. L. 561) and known as the Panama
Canal Act, provides that upon the completion of the Panama Canal the
President shall cause it to be officially and formally opened for use and opera-
WHEREAS, the Canal is completed, and is open for commerce;
Now, THEREFORE, I, WOODROw WILSON, President of the United States
of America, acting under the authority of the Panama Canal Act, do hereby
declare and proclaim the official and formal opening of the Panama Canal for
use and operation in conformity with the laws of the United States.
1 Mifless W heSnI f, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the
seal of the United States to be affixed.
DONE in the District of Columbia, this 12th day of July, in the
year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty,
[SEAL.] and of the Independence of the United States of America, the
One Hundred and Forty-fifth.
By the President:
NORMAN H. DAVIS
Acting Secretary of State.