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NOTES OF THE SOCIETY 

In accordance with Art. V, §2, of the Constitution of the 
Society, the Executive Committee, thru the Corresponding 
Secretary, reports the following actions taken by it since the last 
annual meeting of the Society. 

Pursuant to a vote of the Society (see Proceedings, in Journal, 
40. 222), the Executive Committee took under consideration the 
proposal contained in the report of the Committee on Co-opera- 
tion with the other Oriental Societies (Journal, 40. 215-216) that 
this Society co-operate with the other Oriental Societies in regard 
to planning a General Dictionary of Buddhism and issuing an 
appeal for aid in its preparation. The following resolution was 
submitted to each member of the Committee by the Secretary and 
was approved by four out of the five members (Professor Clay 
being absent from the country and unable to respond), on or 
before June 4, 1920. 

'Whereas, the American Oriental Society, at its meeting held 
in Ithaca, N. Y., on April 6 and 7, 1920, referred the report of the 
Standing Committee on Co-operation with Other Oriental Socie- 
ties to the Executive Committee with power to act upon the pro- 
posal contained in the report that this Society co-operate with the 
other Oriental Societies in regard to planning a General Diction- 
ary of Buddhism and issuing an appeal for aid in its prepara- 
tion: 

The Executive Committee, on behalf of the American Oriental 
Society, hereby gives the general approval of the Society to this 
undertaking and authorizes its representative on the Committee 
for planning the Dictionary to join in signing and circulating 
the appeal that may be approved. ' 

Thereafter Professor James H. Woods, who is the representa- 
tive of this Society on the joint Committee for planning the Dic- 
tionary of Buddhism, on his return from the joint meeting of 
Asiatic Societies held in Paris in July, 1920, submitted to the 
Executive Committee the subjoined 'Projet de Circulaire' with 
the request that this Society authorize its circulation in the same 
manner as the French and the British Societies had already 
agreed to do. This request was transmitted to each member of 
the Committee by the Secretary, and the issuance of the circular 
appeal was unanimously approved by them, on or before Sent 28 
1920. ' 



362 Notes of the Society 

On Saturday, Oct. 23, a meeting of the Executive Committee 
was held at Columbia University, New York City, all the members 
being present. The minutes of actions already taken thru 
correspondence votes (as stated above), were unanimously rati- 
fied and approved. 

A resolution, 'that the American Oriental Society extend to 
the Asiatic Societies of England, France, and Italy an invitation 
to hold a joint meeting in this country at the time of the annual 
meeting of the American Society in 1921, or, if it seems prefer- 
able, at some other time in that year, ' was referred to the decision 
of the Board of Directors, in such manner as the President of the 
Society might direct. 

The matter of the investment of any uninvested capital belong- 
ing to the Society having been referred to the Executive Commit- 
tee by the Board of Directors, it was voted : ' That the investment 
of such part of the funds of the Society as may seem wise shall be 
referred to the Treasurer with power to act, after consultation 
with and upon the advice of the Treasurer of Yale University.' 

The affairs of the Committee on Preparation of a Statement 
setting forth the Scope, Character, Aims, and Purposes of Orien- 
tal Studies having been referred to the Executive Committee by 
the Board of Directors, it was voted : 'That the President appoint 
a committee from among the younger members of the Society to 
prepare a statement setting forth the aims and the importance of 
Oriental Studies, such committee to report to the Executive Com- 
mittee at its next meeting. ' 

Charles J. Ogdbn, 

Corresponding Secretary. 

PROJET DE CIRCULAIRE 

La Federation des Societes Asiatiques (Amerique, Angleterre, France, 
Italie), a pris 1 'initiative d'une publication qui grouperait dans un effort 
commun des equipes nationales de savants orientaux et occidentaux. Elle a 
entrepris la preparation d'un Dictionnaire GSnSral du Bouddhisme (doe- 
trine, histoire, geographie sacree, etc.) fonde sur un depouillement direct des 
sources (Sanscrit, pali, tibStain, ehinois, japanais, langues de l'Indochine et 
de l'Asie Centrale) et elaborS par des specialistes locaux dans chacun des 
pays de civilisation bouddhique, sous le contrSle d 'un ComitS de direction elu 
par les Societes ffiderees. 

Une pareille entreprise exige le concours d'un nombre considerable de 
travailleurs qu'il est necessaire de retribuer, et elle comporte des le debut 
des frais eleves de mise en oeuvre et de materiel. Le prix de revient total, 



Notes of Other Societies 363 

encore impossible a preciser, atteindra des centaines de milliers de francs. 
Pour couvrir ces dispenses, les SociStes Federees sollicitent la generosite des 
souscripteurs. En tant que religion, philosophie, litterature, art, le boud- 
dhisme a jou6 dans le monde un role trop considerable pour qu'un homme 
eultive' puisse s'y declarer indifferent. 
Les souscriptions sont recues. 

The Directors, at the Annual Meeting, authorized the Editors 
to undertake the preparation of an Index of Volumes 21-40 of the 
Journal. Prof. R. K. Yerkes has kindly consented to prepare 
this Index, and it will appear in 1921, to be sold at cost. It will 
be recalled that the Index to Volumes 1-20 was prepared by Mrs. 
George F. Moore and appeared in Vol. 21. 

The Annual Meeting of the Middle West Branch of the 
Society will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 
Wis., February 25-26. Communications for the program should 
be sent to the Secretary, Prof. A. T. Olmstead, 706 So. Goodwin 
St., Urbana, 111. 



NOTES OF OTHER SOCIETIES 

A Joint Meeting of the Oriental Societies of France, Great 
Britain, Italy and America was held in Paris, July 6-8. The 
representatives of the American Society present were Drs. Clay, 
Gottheil, Gray and Woods. The sessions were divided into two 
sections, of Near Asia and Far Asia. M. Senart, President of 
the French Society, gave a reception on Wednesday and there was 
a dinner on Thursday. The following was the program : 

M. B. Gottheil. Sur une nouvelle typographic orientale. 

M. Goloubew. Sur 1 'organisation au Musee Guimet, d 'un depfit de cliches 
archeologiques. — Communications de MM. Pelliot et Lartigue sur leurs ex- 
peditions en Extreme-Orient. Projections. 

Sir G. A. Grierson: Eeport on the Linguistic Survey of India. 

M. Meillet: Sur le caractere des Gathas. • 

Dr. H. B. Morse: The super cargo in the China trade, circa 1700. 

M. Ccedes: Les origines de la dynastie de Sukhodaya. 

M. A. T. Clay: The Amorite name Jerusalem. 

Dr. Cowley: A Hittite word in Hebrew. 

M. Chabot: Traces de 1 'influence juive dans les inscriptions palmyreni« 
ennes. 

Prof. St. Langdon. Sumerian Law Codes and the Semitic Code of Ham- 
murabi.