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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

Reports from The Vegetarian (London) during, 1900:

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.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
The leaflets, "How to Form a Society," and "Plan of Campaign," were adopted.
The financial statement was read and adopted.
Correspondence. - Letters from Ireland, Bedford, Folkestone, and other places were dealt with.
Mr. Corbridge, of Margate, kindly offered to take over, as Hon. Sec., the East County Division of Kent, including Margate, Ramsgate, Dover and Folkestone.
Paris. - Mr. Phillips reported the arrangements for Congress in Paris. Various suggestions were given in reference to advertising and making the Congress known.
Mr. Jones reported result of his visits to Bradford, Leeds, Bedford, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester.
Miss Springett, Hon. Sec. of the Press Department, reported the work done in connection with the London and Provincial papers during the past month.
Mr. Wade's report from Wales was read and accepted, especially the suggestion that Wales should be divided into larger areas instead of small town associations.
The Badge of V.F.U. - Miss Cole complained of the delay in getting the orders from the maker, and suggested quotations from othe makers.
The meeting closed at 7.30 p.m.

May 19, 1900:

à Paris

[a rather rambling editorial followed]

June 9, 1900:


The Monthly Committee Meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union was held on May 18th. Mr. Arnold F. Hills presided. Amongst those present were Miss Nicholson, Messrs. Light, Thomas, Hayward, Brewster, Emary, Becker, and Forward.

The minutes of the previous meeting and the financial statement were approved. The chief business was that of arranging details of the Paris Congress. The chairman undertook to read a paper ; it was also decided to invite Count Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Besant, Professor Mayor, Messrs. H. Light, Eustace, Miles, and others to attend and take part in it. The Secretary read a report on the winter's work, shewing it an increase of 35 societies and about 450 in the membership.