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Steps are being taken to commemorate the 80th birthday, near at hand, of Mr. David Roberts, J.P., a well-known Welsh Methodist layman, and father of Mr. John Roberts, M.P. for the Flint Boroughs. He is the only surviving lay officer of those who started the Foreign Missionary Society. He has been a munificent supporter of the movement for establishing English churches, and also of Bala College, to which in addition to other gifts, he gives an annual scholar- ship of J220. DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN CHARACTER.âA West of England contemporary announces the .death of Mr. J. Simms, the well-known proprietor of marionettes, which took place at Walsingham- place, Truro, on Tuesday week, from an attack of paralysis. Deceased, who was 63 years of age, and had travelled in Wales, Devon, and Cornwall for upwards of twenty years, was a Freemason of Lodge True and Faithful (Helston), a member of the Loyal Tamar Lodge of Odd-fellows, and of the Court of Foresters. Lord Nelson's Pride, Devonport. Mr. Simms attended the Masonic Lodge, Fortitude, 331, Truro, on the 10th ult., and promised to give a benefit entertainment under the patronage of the Freemasons of the city on behalf of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary. But on Saturday following he had a paralytic stroke, and it was seen that he was sinking, when he was removed from his caravan in Victoria-place-where he had been staying some weeks-to a house in Walsingham- place. He was buried on Friday week with Masonic honours. DEATH OF MR. JOHN RALPH.âWe have to record the death of Mr. John R. K. Ralph, secretary of the Church Defence Institution, and editor of the National Church. The sad event took place some- what unexpectedly in London on Saturday. About a fortnight ago Mr. Ralph underwent an operation for an internal complaint from which he had been suffering for some time. He appeared to be pro- gressing favourably until Wednesday, when a relapse took place. He never rallied, and expired about half-past four o'clock on Saturday afternoon. The late Mr. Ralph was born at Deal, in Kent, in January. 1824, and was consequently in the 62nd year of his age. He graduated at Queen's College, Oxford, and during his residence he was elected president of the Oxford Union. After taking his degree he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, in 1852, and subsequently joined the North Wales and Chester Circuit. For some years Mr. Ralph was editor of the Chester Comwit,

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