MGR. PETER TCH'ENG
Word has reached Rome announcing the death of Mgr. Peter Tch'eng. vicat, apostolic of Suanhwafu, North China, after an illness of three years. His death is a serious loss.
Mgr. Tch'eng was born in Suanhwafu in 1881 in a Christian family, and after his ordination in 1904 he was stationed at Paotingfu, where he tilled several important posts, until, in 1927, he was called to Peking by the then apostolic delegate to act as Chinese secretary to the delegation.
In 1928, upon the death of Mgr. Tchao, Mgr. Tch'eng was named as his
successor. He took possession of a teiritory ravaged by civil war and the hardships that accompany it, and he was tireless, until illness prevented further activity, in the work of building up his charge.
M. JULES CAMBON
M. Jules Cambon, who died on Thursday of test week, was one of the most representative figures of Republican diplomacy. After a lengthy judicial and administrative career (1870-1896), Melines government sent him as ambassador to the United States in 1897. He represented Spain in the negotiations which followed the war of 1898, and showed on that occasion great diplomatic subtlety and skill.
In 1907 M. Jules Cambon was sent to Berlins There he found himself faced by a dentate situation created by the French occupation of Morocco. For seven years he endeavoured to smooth the difficulties between Germany and France, though he saw catastrophe approaching. M. Vladimir d'Ormesson, whose diplomatic attachments are known, sums up in the Figaro the end of Cambon's career. " During the war M. Jules Cambon exercised the office of secretary-general to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was also one of the French delegates to the peace conference. Yet, when he should have held a leading part in these important negotiations—since none knew Europe and its history as he did—he was eclipsed
by flashy political luminaries. So, too, when he was president of the ambassadors' conference in Parisi his action was constantly paralysed by the somewhat inconsequent activities of successive governmeats. But he made no complaint. Indeed, public diplomacy horrified M. Jules Cambon. He was of those who thought that if the diplomatic methods of the past were not always flawless, they were yet a thousand times better than those of to-day, modelled on the cinema or the boxing
ring. However, his smiling philosophy was indulgent. He was too steeped in human experience to show indignation.
DR. V. MARINKOVITCH
The former Serbian prime minister, Dr. Voyislav Marinkovitch, died in Belgrade on September 18, at the age of 59. He came of a distinguished family, which had already given several ministers and diplomats to Serbia, and was first appointed minister of finance before the Great War He was again re-appointed in the newlycreated Yugoslavia and then successively minister of the interior, foreign minister and finally, in 1933, prime minister. He was largely responsible for the creation of the Little Entente, which has proved so immensely powerful a political factor in Central Europe. and for the policy of close co-operation with France, while the recent improvement of relations with Bulgaria may also be ascribed to his influence.
MR. J. M. FALLON
Mr. James Michael Fallon, who recently stied at his home, 16, Brighton Road, Birmingham, leaves a widow, four sons and one daughter. The only son of Mr. Owen Fallon. J.P., he was born in Ardara, co. Donegal, but the greater part of his life he spent in Birmingham, where he was employed by the Austin Motor Company. Mr. Fallon was one of the oldest parishioners of St. John's. Helsel! Heath, and greatly respected by the parish. He was a model parent and set an example to all who knew him.
MOTHER CATHERINE HALPIN
We regret to announce the death at the age of 86, on September 19, of the Reverend Mother Catherine Halpin, ot the Convent Of Mercy, Pope's Villa. Twickenham.
Mother Catherine entered the Convent of Mercy at Bermondsey in 1881 and from (Continued in next column.)