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From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester, England), January 1890, p.4:

The Chicago Vegetarian Society. - Our readers will be interested in a somewhat odd fact attending the origin of this new society. Its founder, Mrs. Le Favre, was ignorant of the existence of the American Vegetarian Society when she founded her own, which is now affiliated to the larger body. This fact, while it bears witness to the lady's independence in thought and strength of character, suggests the explanation that Vegetarianism, like the influenza epidemic in Russia, is "in the air!" We believ that many of our best supporters of Vegetarianism have arrived at their principles by following out their own reasoning, without any influence from speakers and writers on the question, and sometimes in ignorance that such existed. We should be curious to know what result would be given if statistics were collected of the number of Vegetarians who owe their present standpoint respectively to the influences of speeches, meetings, books, tracts, or independent thought.

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Chicago, U.S.A. - Food, for November, says: [the article begins with a lengthy interview with Mrs. Le Favre] About twenty men and women who had signified their desire to become members of the new Chicago Vegetarian Society, met in parlour 23 at the Grand Pacific last night [presumably in Oct. or Nov 1889]. Mrs Le Favre was present and brought with her a bundle of literature on the respective merits of meat versus vegetable, which was distributed among those present. She had with her also a constitution with bye-laws attached as long as the moral law. The document was duly submitted to the assembly and adopted article by article.

Among other things the constitution provides that the organisation shall be known as the Chicago Vegetarian Association or Food Reform Society. That its object shall be to adopt and promulgate a Vegetarian line of diet, and by so doing elevate and purify humanity. That anyone can become a member by agreeing to relinquish the use of animal food, by promising to work faithfully for the good of the organisation, do all he can to aid in forming socities in other places and by paying an annual fee of $1. Candidates for membership, however, must be recommended by two members and elected by a two thirds vote. Anyone who will eschew the use of animal food in part may become an associate by paying $4, annual dues, but will not be entitled to vote at meetings. Any one, beef-eater or no, can become an honorary member by paying $5 a year.

The officers of the society are the same as it is customary to have in all societies, and will be elected at the annual meeting in November. The regular meetings will occur on the second Tuesday night in each month. The following are the present members:- Mrs. Celia Wallace, Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Charles Knapp, Mrs. Backus, Mrs. Louise Manning, Mrs. Francis Trumbull, Mrs. H. A. Alling, Mrs. Coleson, Mrs. Francis Butler, Miss Anna Stevens, Miss Edith Chalmers, Miss Mary Everets, Miss Lindgren, Dr. Charles, Captain Black, Miss Laura Tisdale, Mrs. Belle Bombauch, Mrs. Lucca Strawbridge, Mrs. Mary Smith, Mrs. Emiline Dupee, Mrs. Emily Phipps, Mrs. James Watson, Mrs. Stanley Lexton, Mrs. Dr. Lawrence, Miss Hibbard, Miss Abbie Pierce, Miss Backus, Dr. T. H, Trine, Mr. James Watson. Dr. H., S. Tanner, of fasting fame, has also signified his intention of joining this branch of the union. Besides these are many more who, as Mrs. Le Favre says, "are on the ragged edge, and might object to having their names published as Vegetarians." Mrs. Le Favre expressed herself well pleased with the success of her efforts thus far in Chicago.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), July 1890, p.194:

THE AMERICAN VEGETARIAN SOCIETY AT THE WORLD'S FAIR. - The World's Fair, which is to be held at Chicago in 1892 (sic, it was 1893), is not to be without representatives of Vegetarianism. A correspondent of Food, House, and Garden says:- "I hope that as many of our vice-presidents as can will try and meet one another at a certain specified time. We should doubtless have great pleasure in meeting and obtaining a better knowledge of each other. It would be well if we could secure some home for the reception of our members and securing for them proper food and other necessities. Many stranger might be attracted thereto, and know more of our ways and the manner in which we live." "This idea," adds the editor, "is worth considering. Of course it is and we have been considering and working toward it for some time. We hope the V.S.A. will be so strong by that time that it can have a good Vegetarian restaurant in the principal building of the Fair, and a large hotel secured for its adherents." We trust that there will be some representatives of European Vegetarianism present also at the World's Fair to make acquaintance with its American representatives.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), March 1891, p.96:

A letter from a Chicago Vegetarian.- We are gaining ground with U.S.A., especially in Chicago which is rapidly becoming the metropolis of America, and one of the greatest cities in the world. We have got nearly 100 subscribers to Food here this fall. I have just been down to the Bible Mission (Adventist) to dinner; they set a beautiful Vegetarian table at their home, 28, College Place; no meat, condiments, or narcotics, so it is superior in every respect to the London Vegetarian Restaurants. Their family varies from 30 - 40. - Edgar Bradford, Sanitarium, Battle Creek, Michigan.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), November 1891, p.316:

Mrs. Le Favre, president of the Chicago Vegetarian Society, is introducing Vegetarianism to the notice of people of culture in the U.S.A. She is an enthusiast in dress reform, and her efforts in this direction are described in an article in the current number of the Laws of Life, the organ of the Dansville Sanatorium.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), February 1896, p.57:

CHICAGO.- December 28th, The vegetarian movement is progressing in Chicago. It is only 18 months (sic) since the Chicago Vegetarian Society was founded with five members, and according to a newspaper they now claim 100,000 persons in Chicago alone who are vegetarians as the result of the Society's working. On December 28th, the Society held its innaugural holiday banquet. The dinner was followed by toast-making, at which Prof. Addison Blakely presided, and Mr. Luther E. Ellison, president of the Central Society of Chicago Vegetarians, and others spoke.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), July 1897, p.243:

Chicago. - It is remarkable and encouraging that vegetarianism makes steady progress in Chicago. A vegetarian Society was established in 1893 with five members, now it is one of the largest in the United States and has three branch societies in Chicago. It has since September last run an organ called the Chicago Vegetarian.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), November 1899, p.406:

The Vegetarian Magazine. - The Chicago Vegetarian which has been in existence about three years, has been enlarged, new features have been added, and it has been renamed the Vegetarian Magazine. It is pleasant to see this sign of the advance of vegetarianism uin the slaughterhouse city.

From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester), May 1900, p.141/2:

"Vegetarian Magazine." - Food, Home and Garden, which the Rev. H. S. Clubb has conducted for ten years, has been incorporated with the Chicago Vegetarian Magazine, which was established three or four years since as the Vegetarian. The Vegetarian Magazine describes itself as "an illustrated magazine of better living, an authority on foods, their selection and preparation," and it "discountenances the use of flesh, fish and fowl for food, upholds the right of life for the whole sentient world, advocates justice, humanitarianism, purity, hygeine, temperance, stands for a stronger body, a healthier mentality, a higher morality." This is a worthy programme. The Vegetarian Magazine shows that Chicago is not given over entirely to slaughter-houses.