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A. VEGETARIAN CONVERSAZIONE.

(Daily Chronicle.) If it be possible for mankind to subsist entirely upon vegetarian fare, certainly the present is the best season of the year m which to try tho experiment, when fle«h meat is not always of the freshest kind, and when fruit and vegetables are attheirprime. The "Order of Danielites," a vegetarian society formed after the model of secret societies, with a pledge enjoining abstinence from fish, flesh, fowl, alcohol, and tobacco, was therefore wise m inviting tha public to "a grand conversazione " at the present timo, and m taking the opportunity of demonstrating the advantages of adopting a vegetarian course of diet. The rendezvous waa at 40 Brunswick Square, m which the first branch of the order, "The Garden of Eden," meets periodically, the residence of Lieutenant Richardson. Gardeners were present m their working ofothes (wearing their regalia of a yellow tod green sash), and spread upon a large billiard table wore refreshments of various descriptions, of which at intervals tha guests were invited to parlake. A Mr Olark, a fresh-colored and vig'.>rous-look-iag young vogetarian, was place.d m the j ohair, and superintended the proceedings with much geniality, and the first npeakur was a Miss Shipman, who told the audience that she had bwen a votjetarian for tho space of twelve months, and that she had reaped so much Iwm-fit from it that she strongly recouiiuoudod it to others. For a long time she had suffured ~*** greatly from indigestion, uud had tried everything m the way of tonics, but nothing had cured her except vegetarianism. Instead of always fceliim a sinking and requiring refreshments and stimulants five or six times a day, she was n«iw content with two meals a day, though she admitted she generally had throo. If vegetarianism wi^re adopted by the ladies there would, she said, bo fewer drunken husbands, the housi-kei'ping expenses would hi; . less, and there would bo no kitohun drudges. If mothers would live; on whnt sho termed a "natural diet," their children would bo more healthy, more iMiergutic, more moral, and their own sufferings would bo lobs. After a recitation by Lieutenant Richardson, there was a short interval for general conversation, m the course of which refreshments were dispensed, some vegetarian sandwiches creating much ouriosity as to what were the ingredients UHed, the flavor being somewhat akin to that of the " faggot." A dish of haricot beans was also served, and numerous were the inquirers for tho recipe, but curiosity was to be restrained till later m the evening, when it was promised the recipes should bo given. Then another member of the Garden (Mr Prettyjolm) told how lie had been an invalid, and asserted that vegetarianism had cured him. He also partakes of only two meals a day, requiring nothing from 1.30 P.M., when he dined, till tho next morning at breakfast. The . economical argument, ho considered, would carry Tegetarianism further than any argument, and he asserted that 3d spent on vegetarian diet would go as far as Is spent on meat. England ought to be able to furnish the whole of her population with food without reference to imports from other countries, as the increasing population of Australia would soun require all the corn that that colony raised, and Russia might not always feel inclined to supply England with corn. Some further entertainment was then provided m the shape of sjngs, readings, etc., and llu-n Lieutenant Richardson gratified the ouriosity of his guests by descvib'ng the mode of making vegetarian .sandwiches. Between two thin slices of brmvn bread was laid what was known as force meat, which is made of the following ingredients : — l4 ounces of bre.nl-cnnnbs, 2 ounces of ground rice, 1 ounce of semolina, 2 ounces of parsley, 2 ounces of onion, 10 drops of essence of lemon, two-thirds of an ounce of salt. or more to taste, 5 grains of pepper, one teaspimnful of oil, 40 ounces of water, 20 grains of !• m<>n thyme, one-third of an ounce of sugar. The water Bhonld be first brought, to a boil, then tfio teaspoonful of oil should be poured m, the pepper and salt tvlilud, and then the bread-crumbs ai.d other ingredients stirred m. The preparation of the haricot beans was more simple. A. quart of haricot beans which could be bought at any corn chandler's for Gd., and a Spanish onion, costiiv.: LI., were the whole contents of the dish, with tho exception of three and a half quarts of water, and salt to taste. The beans might be soaked overnight, and if so, required lea* boiling. A teaspnouful of oil poured m caused the water to boil at a higher temperature, and thus softened tho ;mter coat of tho bean, which otherwise was sometimes railier hard. The beans of which they had partaken. had been left to cool for hours, as it was very important that food should not be eaten too warm. Some people, he said, seemed to him as though they had got throats made, of cast-steal by the way m which they swallowed things into which they would kardly dare put their finger, and it must be remembered that tho skin of the throat was much more delicate than that of the finger. He believed that this was m a great measure owing to the consumption of hot foods and liquids that the teeth were so liable to decay. Hi 3 own diet coat him from 6d to 8d per .lay. and upon this he asserted ho did not live sparingly, but obtained plenty of nourishment. In .* advocating tho claims of the Danielito Order he pointed out that it only asked people to sign the pledge for a wt ok, as at any time they could resign upon a week's Botico. Another recess was then de elared for refreshment and conversation, during which tho3e present were requested to send up any questions for answer by the chairman. This wasfree'y done, and amongst tho questions dealt with was one, " Are there any fat vegetarians (laughter), as there are none pre*ent." The chairman deprecated the idea that a large amount of fat was necessary to health, but gave several instances of well-known vegetarians who were blessed (or otherwise) with an undue degree of corpulence. Another questioner desired to know if Borne means could not be devised of introducing vegetarian cookery into the schools of cookery that are being established m various parts of tke country. The chairman stated that lie thought the question was one which tke Danielites might well discuss when va. session, with a view to taking some action thereupon ; and a visitor added that recently, at tho Exeter School of Oookery ; , an evening was specially deroted- to that purpose. Some one, •ridently fond of statistics, w.as anxious to know the proportion of vegetarians to ■•n-Tegetarians preßunt, and what was 4he average duration of their practice. This, of course, could not be answered on tks opur of tho moment, but during the interval of a song, Lieutenant Richardson by inquiry amongst the company, ascerWanftd that tho oldest vegetarian had htea. bo fortwenty-five years, the youngest « weeks, and that the average practice

had been over three years each, the proportion of vegetarians to non-vegetarißns present being two- thirds.

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A. VEGETARIAN CONVERSAZIONE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878, Supplement

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A. VEGETARIAN CONVERSAZIONE. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878, Supplement

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