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MASON, Otis Tuft(m, ethnologist, born in East-port, Maine, 10 April, 1838. He was graduated at Columbian university in 1861, and subsequently had charge of its preparatory school until 1884. He then became curator of the department of ethnology in the United States national museum, which office he still (1887) holds. His special work since 1872 has been devoted to giving a comprehensive, definite, and scientific value to the word " anthropology." He has insisted that the most rigid methods of the naturalist shall be applied to the investigation of human problems, and that every human act and invention be subject to this close scrutiny. Professor Mason is a member of scientific societies, and his publications have appeared in " The American Naturalist," and as memoirs issued by the Smithsonian institution.
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