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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

Reports from The Vegetarian (London) during, 1900:

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 proceedings were opened by the reading of the Roll Call by the Secretary, which was followed by the reading of extracts from the Secretary's Annual, which formed part of a formidable pamphlet of nearly fifty pages containing reports from societies in all parts of the world, including South Australia, India and America, the two latter recording most unprecedented success in those countries. The Report is now in the press and will be published in a few days.

The Preisdent, in the absence of the Treasurer, read the financial statement, which was then with the Report put to the meeting and unanimously adopted.

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. He was also glad to notice the development of the work at home in two important directions ; that of physical culture and children's societies. One of the great obstacles to vegetarianism in the minds of people was the fear that it might be detrimental to their physical conditions ; the fallacy of this was clearly shown by the achievements of the Athletic Club. Children's Societies, he thought, would become one of the most important branches of the work, and he hoped it would affect Vegetarianism to the same extent that a similar work had affected the Temperance cause. The object of the Federal Union was to strengthen existing societies and unite them together under a system of propaganda which will produce a steady and healthy progress.

Mr. Harrison seconded the adoption of the Report ; Miss Yates referred to the work of Dr. Kellogg in America, of which she is the representative on the Committee ; and Mr. Pengelly spoke of the progress of the Devonshire Vegetarian Society. Mr. Hayward gave a very encouraging account of the Ivy Leaf Society, promoted by Mrs. Boult, and stated that the sale of the monthly paper, the Children's Garden, already reached seven thousand.

Mr. Arnold F. Hills, D.L., was re-elected President of the Union.

Mr. Harrison, in proposng the resolution, expressed his gratitude in occupying that position as he was much impressed at the progress the cause had made, and the amount of work got through by the Union since Mr. Hills had been president. He had been busy for some days visiting the different centres of activity in London, and was greatly encourage by the extent and thouroughness of the self-sacrifice of the workers.

Mr. J. L. Emary, in seconding the resolution, said that the Union was greatly indebted to Mr. Hills for the time spent by him in the Committee and its success was due mainly to his ability as an organiser.

Mr. Hills, in accepting the Presidency, said he was grateful for what had been accomplished in the past, and he was confident there was a still brighter future for Vegetarianism.

The President regretted to announce the resignation of the Treasurer, Mr. T. Andeson Hanson.

On the suggestion of the President, Dr. Josiah Oldfield was elected Treasurer, and the Secretary was requested to express to Mr. Hanson the hearty thanks of the meeting for his past services.

On the President asking the meeting to confirm the election of the representatives from the different societies, an objection was raised by Mdlle. Veigéle on the ground that the meeting had no power ; this opinion being supported by Dr. Oldfield and Mr. Pengelly, the matter was referred to the Committee.

A resolution was passed pledging the Union to support, as far as possible, the Ivy Leaf Society. Mr. Pengelley and Mr. Haywayd spoke upon the resolution. Mrs. Boult, the originator of the movement, said she had long been convinced f the great need of it and the results were full of promise for the future.

A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Downes and the Press Committee for their services during the past year, which was supported by Miss Yates and Mr. Longman.

The meeting concluded with a resolution that the Committee should appoint consuls in the different towns throughout the country with whom they might correspond with the object of forming new societies.


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.

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 minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Business arising out of the minutes was delat with. Mr. Light's kind offer of speakers to help conduct open-air and impromptu meetings during the coming runs of the Vegetarian Cycle Club was held over for Mr. Phillips to arrange with the members during the month. Mr. Phillips laid before the meeting the pamphlets that had been prepared at the request of the Committee, entitled "How to from a Society" and "Our Plan of Campaign". Proofs of these to be sent to each member of the Committee before finally printed.

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. The financial statement of the auditors was adopted. Mr. Phillips regretted the few subscriptions that had come in during the month ; he stated that he had received a promise of fifty guineas from an anonymous donor. Mr. Phillips read his report which showed that he had spoken at twenty meetings and visited a great many other places ; it also mentioned that new societies had been organised at Margate, Horsham, Bradford, and the officers and Committee appointed and a goodly number of members elected in each place. Mr. Jones reported visits to Guildford, Godalming, Reading, Leeds and Bradford, and other places where societies are being organised and others started. Mr. Wade also sent a report of the good work he is doing in Wales. The report of the Press Committee by Mr. Downes and Miss Springett was unfortunately overlooked, but a number of letters and papers have been dealt with in the Press during the past month.