|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911
From The Vegetarian (London) August 29, 1896:
- Our Jubilee -
BY A. F. HILLS, President Vegetarian Federal Union
Not once, nor twice, in this rough island's story
The path of duty was the path of glory.
The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
The Executive desire, if possible, before the close of the Jubilee year, to establish at least one Sociey in every county of England, and where more than one Society may already exist, to combine them into County Vegetarian Associations. Plans are also being prepared for the organization of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The immediate necessity of the moment is a sufficiency of funds to justify the appointment of responsible organizing agents, who shall give their whole time and strength to the extension of the movement within the Provinces entrusted to their charge. For such service the sinews of war are imperative. Napoleon the First declared it a maxim of military statecraft "to make war to support war," and Vegetarians may well learn the lesson for their Crusade of Peace. I have not been wont to appeal to the Vegetarian community on the score of finance, but the time has come when the Vegetarian Fedeal Unionbe justified of its friends. The motto of our Jubilee may well be "a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether." A fund is being started in this week's Vegetarian, to which contributions are invited from every friend of the movement. We need the gold of the wealthy, but none the less we shall welcome the lesser offerings of those who shall have done what they could. The benediction of the widow's mite is still rich with blessing for those who love to give, though their means are small ; and better than money is the gift of self ; every moral movement needs its missionaries. I pray God that the prophetic fire of inspiration may be lit during the coming year upon the altar of many a devoted heart, so thatour movement may be salved with that spirit of self-sacrifice which can only say -
"Were the whole realm of nature mine,