Rev. A. M. Mitchell, M.A. (1853-1936)
The death took place, on February 18th, of the Rev. Alfred Mansfied Mitchell, the honoured vicar of Burtonwood. He was in his 84th year. Mr. Mitchell was an Irishman, and after holding curacies at Clonmel, Dartmouth, Warrington, Kentish Town, and Clerkenwell, was appointed, in 1891, vicar of Burtonwood, a Lancashire mining village.
Mr. Mitchell was an untiring and convincing propagandist. His articles in his parish magazine, Excelsior, were widely read, and repeatedly quoted in the general press. He was unwavering in his opposition to what he considered national vices and, in addition to being an effective writer, was a lively and provocative speaker. He had been a vegetarian for 36 years and a vice-president of The Vegetarian Society since 1922. He was president of the League for Medical Freedom and a strong opponent of vivisection.
Mr. Mitchell was one of the best known public men in Lancashire and two years ago was made a County Alderman. He had been a County Councillor for the Winwick Division for many years and was a member of numerous committees. He had 20 years' service with the old Warrington Board of Guardians and continued as a member of the Public Assistance Committee.
Mr. Mitchell gained the esteem of his co-workers and especially was he held in respect and affection by his own people at Burtonwood, where they had been drawn together by many years of intimacy and, not least, by the testing experiences of a number of long-drawn-out coal strikes.
The Lord Bishop of Liverpool gave an address at the funeral service.
The Vegetarian Society was represented by the Rev. P.C. Whiteman and Mr. J. Hough
From The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review of March 1936 #
Dr. Robert Bell, M.D. (1846-1926)
We regret to announce the death, in his 81st year, of Dr. Robert Bell, who has been described as the pioneer in the fresh-air treatment of tubercolosis, and was an expert on the treatment of cancer.
For 21 years Dr. Bell was senior physician of the Glasgow Hospital for Women, and it was whilst there that led to the abandonment of operations, and came to the conclusion that cancer is a self-inflicted disease, dependent for its origin upon a long contamination of the blood.
In 1909 Dr. Bell was offered a baronetcy, but asked permission of His Majesty to decline the high honour.
Dr. Bell held emphatic views on dietary, and believed that uncooked fruit and vegetables, together with cheese, eggs and milk, ought to form the principal diet of anyone wishing to retain his health.
He had many bouts with the orthodox surgeons, because of his, to them, unorthodox method of the treatment of cancer.
In 1923 he was exonerated by the General Medical Council of an alleged breach of medical etiquette when he was accused of having prescribed for, and treated by correspondence, a women patient suffering from inoperable cancer, without ever having seen or examined her.
In 1912 he sued the British Medical Association because of an article in the British Medical Journal entitled "Cancer, Credulity and Quakery," and was awarded £2,000 damages.
Dr. Bell was the author of many well-known treatises.
From The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review of February 1926.