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288 Personalia 

The British School of Archaeology in Palestine was formally 
opened on August 9, with addresses by the High Commissioner, 
Sir Herbert Samuel, Pere Lagrange, Professor Garstang and 
Dr. Albright. Dr. Garstang has begun excavating Ashkelon in 
behalf of the Palestine Exploration Fund. A committee includ- 
ing representatives of the Schools of Archaeology and the various 
nationalities has been appointed by the High Commissioner to 
assist in drafting a law of antiquities. 

Of the last year's staff at the American School of Oriental 
Research in Jerusalem, Professors Worrell and Peters returned 
home in July, Professor Clay in September. Dr. Albright has 
become Acting Director of the School and will be assisted by the 
Fellow, Dr. C. C. McCoun. 


Rabbi Eli Mayer, of Albany, died July 29. He became a 
member of the Society this year. 

Professor Friedeich Deutzsch has announced his retirement 
from his professorship at the University of Berlin. 

Mr. Benjamin Smith Lyman, of Philadelphia, a Life Mem- 
ber of this Society and a founder of the Oriental Club of Phila- 
delphia, died August 30, at the age of 84 years. 

Prof. Frtgdrich Schwally, of the University of Konigsberg, 
died February 6, 1919. 

A private communication announces that Prof. Wilhelm 
Bousset, of the University of Gottingen, died this year. 

Prof. Camden M. Cobern, of Allegheny College, Meadville, 
Pa., a member of this Society, died May 3.