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WALFORD.

Edward Victor Christian^ Duke of Cornwall, born at Frogmore, Jan. 8, 18G1 ; Prince Georjj^e Frederick Ernest Albert, born at Marlborough House, June 3, 1805 ; Princess Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, bom at Marlborough House, Feb. 20, 1867 J Princess Victoria Alex- andra Olga Mary, born July 1868 ; jind Princess Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria, born Nov. 26, 1869. The Prince of Wales became President of St. Bartholomew's Hospital in April, 1867. Towards the close of the year 1871, his Royal Highness was attacked with typhoid fever, and for some weeks his life was despaired of; but he slowly re- covered, and was able to take i)art in the memorable "Thanksgiving Service '* in St. Paul's Cathedral, Feb. 27, 1872. He was elected Grand Master of the Freemasons in England in succession to the Mar- quis of Ripon in 1874, and on April 28, 1875, was admitted to the office at a Lodge held in the Albert Hall, South Kensington. On May 5, 1875, he was installed at the Free- masons' Hall as First Principal of the Royal Arch Freemasons. In 1875-76 His Royal Highness visited India. The great interest he took in the Paris Exhibition of 1878 contributed in no slight degree to render it a success. His Royal Highness attended the Court festivi- ties held at Berlin in March, 1883, to celebrate the ** silver wedding " of the Crown Prince with the Prin- cess Royal of England. On this occasion he was nominated by the Emperor as a Field-Marshal in the German army.

WALFORD, CoRNELms, de- scended from an old Essex family, was born in London in 1827, but his father shortly afterwards re- moving into his native county of Essex, he received his education there, and commenced life without a college career. He was destined for an attomey-at-law, but disliking the practical part of the business, became a student at the Middle '

Temple, and was called to his de- gree of the Utter Bar in 1860. His earliest attempts with the periodical Press were in the pages of the Bri- tish Controversialist. His first pub- lished work was a reprint of some of the articles so contributed, with an appendix of tables — viz., " Deci- mal Coinage Familiarly Explained in Theory and in Practice, together with Tables Adapting it to Popular Use, and Suggestions on Decimal Weights and Measures.** In 1857-8 Mr. Walford published anony- mously " The Insurance Guide and Handbook, being a Guide to the Principles and Practice of Life As- surance, and to the Present Posi- tion of Existing Offices." This work passed through three con- siderable editions, two in England and one in the United States, and is well known amongst insurance men wherever the English language is spoken. During tiie preparation of this work, as indeed previously, the author had made himself fami- liar with actuarial questions. He was elected an Associate of the In- stitute of Actuaries in 1857, and afterwards a full Fellow. Mr. Wal- ford about the same date devoted much attention to statistical ques- tions, and has taken a prominent part in the proceedings of the Sta- tistical Society of London, of which he is a member of the Council. It was his love for statistics that took Mr. Walford out of his regular groove of practice at the Bar, and led him into the special practice of company's law, and finally into in- surance and international law ; and it is to these latter branches that he now confines himself. He is not only largely consulted by insurance companies in England and the Colo- nies, but in various parts of Europe, and still more largely in America. He has aided in founding one or two most successful Insurance Offices. In 1870 he published the "Insurance Year Book," but the great work of his life, commenced in 1871, is the " Insuranqe Cyclo-