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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

ANNUAL REPORT 1897

WELSH PROVINCE.
(From the time of appointment from 1st May, 1897, to 31st December, 1897).

Meetings Held.- Meetings have been held :-

25th May, at St. Fagan's, Glamorganshire.
17th June, Cwmbran,Monmoutbshire
04th June, Friends' Meeting House, Newport, Mon.
14th September to 18th, attended Congress.
21st September, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire.
11th October, Y.M.C.A., Cardiff, very large meeting.
18th October, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire, Salvation Army Barracks.
14th to end of October, at Aberystwyth, University and Ladies' College. No public meeting allowed, but permitted to have private propaganda with good results. Lady Principal a Vegetarian.
6th November, Conversazione at Y.W.C.A. Cardiff.
14th November, Pantheon Maindee, Monmoutbshire, good meeting and Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration, assisted by Mr. Wallace Grant.
29th November, Lecture at the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society, Cardiff. Good 'meeting, and discussion well attended.
28th December, meeting at Andrew's Hall. Penarth, fairly attended.

During the period I visited Pontypool, Pontnewydd, Llanelly, Cwmbran, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Aberdovey, Merionethshire, Pontypridd, Glam.. Swansea, Penarth, St. Fagan's, Caerleon in Usk, Barry Island, Barry Dock, Abergavenny, Aberdare, and many other places in the hills.

Formation of Societies.- Several attempts have been made, but the difficulty in getting local officers is very great; the cause was exceedingly unpopular at first on commencing the mission, but the alteration of feeling in the Principality is very marked now, owing, I believe, to the change of tone in the Press. A local Society is in embryo in Newport, and will result in one being formed very shortly.

Literature.- The sale account has been moderate, the amount of the sales being in gross £1 15s. A large quantity of free literature has been circulated, and for that purpose I have employed two distributors in Cardiff, and two in Newport, and have had the numbers of old Vegetarians and other papers distributed from door to door, and could do any amount of this, and it does immense good.

The Press.- The papers that have given press notices are The South Wales Argus (Newport), Daily Star (Newport), South Wales Daily News, Cardiff Western Mail (Cardiff), The Echo (Cardiff), The Daily Post (Swansea), The South Wales Press (LIanelly), and many others.

The Proprietors of the organ of the Young Men's Christian Association, The Enterprise, Cardiff, have asked me to contribute an article on Food Reform, a column in length, which I am now engaged on.

Finance.- I found on first commencing my mission that the cause was so unpopular that this had better stand over, and in this I acted on the advice of local Vegetarians, and no collections were made, though this will apply to the past, and in future collections will be made and subscriptions canvassed for.

New Experiments Tried.- As to experiments tried and results, I have at last succeeded in getting Vegetarians catered for at the Hotel Metropole (the Temperance Hotel attached to the Y.M.C.A.), Cardiff, and which is under the management of Mrs. Walter Price, and excellent Vegetarian food can be had; the want of this was the great hindrance to the cause in Cardiff, and still is so in Newport and Swansea. Often in asking people to become Vegetarians, the answer has been, "Yes, if you can show us where we can get the food you ask us to eat." Now this difficulty is partially removed, and I trust will progress.

I am aware my mission appears of a somewhat desultory nature, but the nature of the district must be taken into account, the towns are far apart and straggling and slow communication, and the people shy of being made prominent movers in the cause, but still great work has been done, and the public feeling entirely changed, mainly owing to the continuous Press agitation.

C. C. WADE,
Provincial Secretary for Wales.

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