WE regret to record the death, on Nov. 13, in his fifty-sixth year, of M. Maurice Delafosse, the distinguished ethnologist and authority on African languages. Maurice Delafosse was born at San cergues (Cher) on Dec. 20, 1870. On completing the usual educational course, he became a student at the Ecole des Langues Orientales Vivantes, where he obtained his diploma in 1894. In the following year he was appointed to the French Government service in West Africa. This was the beginning of a distinguished official career, during which he held a number of important appointments: Consul in Liberia, 1897; member of the Anglo-French Boundary Commission on the Ivory Coast Sudan Gold Coast Frontiers, 1903; administrative officer of the Ivorv Coast; political officer of the Government at Dakur, 1915; Governor of Oubangii-Chari, 1918.