From the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester, England), January 1890,
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
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
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