Mr. John Cashel Hoey, C.M.G., for 20 years secretary of the Victoria Government Agency in London, died on Wednesday evening at his residence in Kensington. He had been on leave of absence for some months, having undergone a severe operation for a dangerous complaint. Forty years ago Mr. Hoey was a somewhat prominent member of the Young Irish party, and for several years edited the Nation. He was closely associated with the fortunes of Mr. (now Sir) Charles Gavan Duffy, with whom he retained a close intimacy through life. In 1857 Mr, Hoey settled in London and practised at the Bar, but his strong literary and artistic tastes prevailed, and he gradually dropped his legal engagements. He then became a contributor to the Spectator. It was Sir Gavan Duffy who was mainly instrumental in securing him the secretaryship to the Victorian Agent-General in 1872, when Mr. Childers represented the Victorian Government in London. The appointment was much canvassed in the colony, as it was thought that the Premier was using his influence to reward old political friends. In his 20 years of office Mr. Hoey rendered the colony many valuable services. He received the C.M.G. in 1881 for services in connexion with the International Exhibition held in Melbourne in the previous year. He was also the recipient of several foreign orders. His wife, Mrs. Cashel Hoey, the novelist, survives him.