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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

From The Vegetarian (London) May 9, 1891:

PORTSMOUTH MISSION

On Tuesday, at 10.30, the delegates began to asemble in the "Pyramid" room of the Upper Albert Hall, Portsmouth, but it was not until some time after 11 that business was commenced.

In the unavoidable absence of Mr. A. F. Hills owing to the dangerous illness of his father, the President of the Local Society (Mr. Prior) was invited to take the chair. Among those present were the delegates and friends from the Vegetaian Society (Rev. Jas, Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Foxcroft, Mr. Joseph Knight), from the London Vegetarian Society (Mr. Josiah Oldfield, Mr. M. K. Gandhi, Mr. T. T. Mojumdar, Miss Yates), from Oxford, Cambridge (Mr. Box), Southampton, Exeter (Mr. Chudleigh), West London (Mr. O'Callaghan), South East London (Mr. Welch), Mr. and Mrs. Godbold, Mr. and Mrs. Pearce, Mr. Shelton, Mr. Wood and others.

The Secretary havng read the minutes of the last meeting, and the financial statement showing a balance in hand of a few pounds having been adopted, the report of the work done during the preceeding six months was received with applause, which was followed by the Cambridge delegate amusingly questioning the accuracy of the Secretary's quotation from Milton. Nobody knew whether it was right or wrong, and the secretary having promised to look it out, the report was adopted.

When the "questions" came on Mr. Oldfield asked what could be done to bring the Federal Union into into touch with the Health Congress, to be held in September? He suggested a resolution, which was duly carried, that the committee of the Congress be approached with the object of getting the Federal Union represented. Mr. Knight stated that the Vegetarian Society had already made an application, and Miss Yates that the London Vegetarian Society had done the same.

The passing of this resolution raised an interesting discussion, in which Mr. Welch, Mr. Knight, and the Oxfrod representative took chief part, as teh relation of Vegetarianism to the Medical Profession. The tendency of the meeting was distinctly in favour of of appreciating the self-denying work done by the profession, and trying to win them over to sympathy.

The important discussion on the resolutions which came before the Conference, will be given in our next. After the morning sitting an adjournment took place to the Vegetarian restaurant in Quenn-street, where Mr. Wood very kindly put his rooms at the disposal of the visitors, and spread a capital dinner of soup, savouries, puddings and fruit.

Then a Vegetarian friend took a photograph of the group, the humorous details connected with this, our comic correspondent promises to supply for next issue.