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Brief Notes 285 

vain to reach Tell el-Mutesellim, was quite unsafe, and even 
Jericho was inaccessible from Jerusalem. 

The conditions as to available labor for excavation, the times 
of year when such work would least disturb the demand for 
agricultural labor, the varying scale of wages, especially the 
increase in wages resulting from war conditions, available vacant 
land for disposal of dump, — all these local questions condition- 
ing excavations were examined at most of the leading sites in 
Western Asia except in Asia Minor, where the rebellion of Mus- 
tafa Kamal Pasha made the country quite inaccessible. At the 
same time the legal conditions and the regulations of government 
to which such work would be subject were taken up with the 
French and British authorities. A valuable collection of cunei- 
form documents and works of art was obtained in Western Asia 
also, besides a group of some 250 Cappadoeian tablets purchased 
in Cairo. 

Dr. Luckenbill remained in Beyrut to develop the large series 
of negatives taken by the expedition in Western Asia, while the 
rest of the party returned to Cairo, especially to look after the 
shipment of purchases to America. On hearing of the facts 
observed by the expedition in Asia Lord Allenby requested Pro- 
fessor Breasted to change his route and to return to America via 
London in order to report in person to Premier Lloyd-George 
and to the Foreign Minister, Earl Curzon. Professor Breasted 
therefore left for London in June with letters from Lord Allenby 
to the two ministers and reported as desired. The antiquities 
secured have since arrived safely in America, but it will be long 
before they can be properly installed and exhibited. 

James H. Breasted 
"University of Chicago 
September 10, 1920 


The following have been added to the Committee on Enlarge- 
ment of Membership: President Talcott Williams, Dr. J. E. 
Abbott, Professors F. R. Blake, A. V. W. Jackson. 

On page 221 of the last (June) number of this volume (40) of 
the Journal, in the report of the Proceedings at Ithaca, the 
paper on 'Notes on Criticism of Inscriptions: I, The Behistan 

286 Notes of Other Societies 

Inscription of Darius the Great ' was erroneously attributed to 
Professor M. Jastrow of the University of Pennsylvania. The 
paper was by Professor R. G. Kent of the University of Pennsyl- 
vania. The copy red correctly, and was correctly set ; the galley 
proof was correct ; but by som strange accident the change was 
made in the printers' offis after galley proof, and the error was 
overlookt in page proof. The editors and the printers both 
deeply regret the annoying mistake, and tender their apologies to 
Professor Kent. 


Dr. Louis H. Gray, as delegate of the American Council of 
Learned Societies devoted to Humanistic Studies, has presented 
a report on the transactions of the meeting of the Union Acad- 
emique Internationale, held in Brussels, May 26-28, 1920. The 
following is a summary of the more important points in the 

Since the first session of the Union at Paris, the academies of 
Rumania, Portugal, Serbia, and Norway have adhered to the 

The Union approved in principle several scholarly projects to 
be undertaken under its auspices. Among these were (1) a 
revision of Du Cange, (2) an edition of the works of Grotius, (3) 
a catalog of Greek alchemic manuscripts, (4) a corpus of Attic 

It proved impracticable to obtain a fixt date for the meetings of 
the Union, as the American delegate had been instructed to pro- 
pose. Regarding the American proposals dealing with the CIL 
and CIO, the delegate reports that 'there is, on the one hand, no 
desire to take over enterprises of international scholarly impor- 
tance from countries not represented in the Union; but, on the 
other hand, there is still less feeling that it would be possible to 
collaborate with the countries in question.' 

The American Delegate suggests that serious efforts be made to 
secure funds to support the extraordinary budget of the Union's 
secretariat, as for instance by levying a small additional tax on 
the members of the component societies. He also suggests that 
in the future the American delegates be chosen from scholars pro- 
ceeding from America to Europe during the period between 1;he 
sessions of the American Council and those of the Union, and that