Gabriel Aubaret came to the China coast as a Lieutenant in the French Marine. A thorough student, he soon mastered Chinese, as he later did some of the languages of Indo-China. His career in Annam and Cochin China has been related in a previous number of this Quarterly. His work there showed him to be of a deeply sympathetic nature, and he was remembered chiefly for his interest in the native peoples. He was said to be deeply religious, with a tendency to mysticism, and seems to have had the courage, stubborness, and narrowness of view that often accompanies deep belief.

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