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International Vegetarian Congress
Paris 1900

Reports from The Vegetarian (London) - except where stated - 1887-1900:

December 4th, 1897:

Vegetarian Federal Union

OFFICIAL SUMMARY REPORT of monthly meeting held on Friday, November 19th. Present :- Mrs. McDouall, Mr. Geo. Jones, Miss E. E. Cole, Miss E. B. Cole, Rev. F. Wood, the Secretary, Mr. Saunders (Agent), and Miss Yates.

A National Congress for 1898 was approved, to be held in October, and an International Congress at Paris in 1900.

January 29th, 1898:

The Annual Meetings of the Vegetarian Federal Union

The Federal Union hopes to increase the knowledge of Vegetarians by holding a congress at the 1900 exhibition in Paris.

From the Vegetarian Messenger and Review (Manchester), February 1898, p77:

International Congress. - The next International Vegetarian Congress will be held at Paris in 1900, in connection with the great World's Exhibition, and we are already in communication with the British Embassy at Paris on the subject of rooms and spaces to be alloted to us for the purpose.

July 9th, 1898:

Executive Committee

Official Summary Report of Monthly Meeting held on Friday, June 17th. Present : Mr. A. F. Hills, Mrs. McDouall, Mr, J. Nayler, Miss E. E. Cole, Mdlle. Veigelé, Mr. G. Jones, also the Secretary.

It was resolved that a space of 20-ft. by 10-ft. should be applied ofr at the Paris Exhibition, 1900.

September 16th, 1899:


It hardly seems twelve months ago, writes a representative of the Vegetarian, since I attended the last National Vegetarian Congress, but here is yet another before us. And next ear we shall meet in Paris, at an International Congress. What new developments will be chronicled then, I wonder?

November 4th, 1899:

Committee Report.

A Committee Meeting was held on Friday last, October 20th, A. F. Hills, Esq., in the chair.

[the Scretary] Had written to every Society in the United Kingdom asking for thier co-operation in connection with the coming International Congress to be held in Paris in June next. That he had further written to every foreign and colonial society in the world with the same object.

February 3, 1900:


The Annual Meeting was held in the Board Room, Memorial Hall, on January 19th. The Chair was taken by the President, Mr. Arnold F. Hills. Among those present were Mrs. Anstead Wood, Miss May Yates, Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Boult, Mdlle. Veigéle, Mr. G. Jones, Mr. J. L. Emary, Mr. J. I. Pengelly, Dr. Oldfield, Mr. Becker, and Mr. Reinheimer.

The President, in referring to the Report, said he was much gratified at the success of the cause in foreign countries and he hoped to meet many of the friends at the Paris Congress who had been carrying on this work abroad.


Will friends intending to form part of the party to Paris in June for the Congress kindly let me have their names as soon as possible? The date is the last week in June. The price is £5 5s. for a week's trip from London. This includes second-class return, train and boat, first-class hotel accomodation, Vegetarian fare, excursions about Paris ans Exhibition. The Congress will last from 21st to 23rd. Delegates will be present from all nations. Special rates from any provincial town.

From the Vegetarian Messenger and Review (Manchester), March 1900, p73:

Vegetarian Congress in Paris. - The Vegetarian Congress arranged by the Vegetarian Federal Union will this year be held in Paris from June 20th to 23rd. A good hall has been secured and there is every prospect of a successful meeting. Arrangements have been made with Messrs. Cook & Son for the issue of return tickets from London at £5 5s. each. This payment covers second class boat and train fare, first class hotel accommodation (vegetarian menu), excursion in and around Paris, and admission to the Exhibition. The party will leave Holborn on Saturday, June 16th, about 9 p.m. Vegetarians and their friends who would like to join the party may apply to Mr. Broadbent, 19, Oxford Street, C.-on-M., from whom further particulars can be obtained.

March 24, 1900:


The monthly Committee meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union was held at the Memorial Hall on Friday, 16th inst. The following members were present : Mr. Naylor, n the chair ; Miss May Yates, Miss Nicholson, Mrs. Allinson, Mrs. Clifford, Miss Springett ; Messrs. H. Light, C. W. Forward, J. Hayward, H. Douglas Kerr, Major Richardson, J. H. Downes, and E Brewster.

The principal correspondence was from Paris ; this was left in the hands of Mr. Hills if he would kindly see the promoters of the Congress when he is in Paris.

May 5, 1900:


I have just returned from Paris and the following are the final arrangements for the coming Congress. In the first place the Vegetarian Congress has not been arranged simply by the French Society and to be held in a hired hall ; it is an official part of the Paris Exhibition Congress. Through the influence of Professor Gariel and others we are on the official list of Congress subjects. The Government have placed at our disposal their new and beautiful Congress Hall for Thursday afternoon the 21st, and all day on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd, the Government issue all the invitations to the names we send, and no one can take part in the Congress unless officially invited by the Government. The Government also publishes the speeches and papers that will be read. We have already received papers and promises of speeches from Russia, India, Holland, Australia, America, and we are expecting, others. We have also invited representatives and speakers from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Dr. Jules Grand, the President of the Congress, informs me that he expects a large number of friends from all nations to be present, so there is a good prospect of it being a very valuable Congress.

As to the financial and travelling arrangements the V.F.U. Committee have arranged with Messrs. Cook to take us over second class railway fare and put us up at their first class Exhibition Hotel, give us Vegetarian board, and allow is the right to join their Parties and visit the Exhibition. These are thte definite arrnagements. The covering cost will be five guineas for seven days, including everything. We shall probably start on Saturday, June 16th, and return on Saturday, June 23rd. Those wishing to stay longer or go further can do so by paying the excess. Judging from what I saw this week the Exhibition will be complete and in full swing by June. It will be one of the most beautiful and wonderful Exhibitions ever erected. Already it is a place of beauty and delight. Will friends make a special effort to join us in this trip. The Congress promises to be a very valuable one and the Exhibition very beautiful and the arrangements most complete and comfortable. All applications for tickets or any information must be made direct to the Secretary V.F.U., Memorial Hall, and admission to the Congress Meetings can only be obtained by those who hold official invitations of the Government, which will also be obtainable at the office of the V.F.U. During last year a slight spirit of enmity sprang up between France and England, and we hope this Vegetarian Congress may be helpful in quenching this evil spirit of amity and friendship to reign in its stead. May we at least be pioneers towards the recognition of a universal brotherhood. Remember the date from June 6th to 23rd, inclusive of cost of travelling and board five guineas. Application for tickets should be made as early as possible to Harry Phillips, Secretary, Memorial Hall, London, E.C.


May 12, 1900:


The Committee meeting of the V.F.U. was held on Friday, April 27th. The chair was occupied by Mr. A. F. Hills, and subsequently by Major Richardson. There were also present Miss Anstead Wood, Miss C. B. Cole, Miss Yates, Miss Springett, Miss F. I. Nicholson, Mr. Douglas Kerr, Mr. Light, Major Richardson, Mr. Emary, Mr. Brewster, Mr. Braodbent, Mr. Becker, and Mr. E. M. Webb.

Paris. - Mr. Phillips reported the arrangements for Congress in Paris. Various suggestions were given in reference to advertising and making the Congress known.

May 19, 1900:

à Paris

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