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Balls, the General Secretary, was an outstanding example of the truly conscientious objector, refusing, as he pointed out in the course of a discussion on the proper reply to a bomb-dropping Zeppelin, to fire on anyone, friend or foe. He was, however, in poor health at the time, and starred in the Civil Service as “ indispensable," but proved his moral courage by maintaining his opposition to all forms of violence in the face of intense unpopularity. T h e S o c ie t y I n c o r po r a t e d The Buddhist Review at first continued undisturbed.

J. E. Ellam as Hon. Secretary. Dr. Rost gave up his time to lecturing at meetings convened in private houses, and supporters quickly arrived. Among the first were Alexander Fisher, the noted sculptor, St. George Fox-Pitt, the Hon. Eric Collier, and Capt. Rolleston. Let me now quote from page one of the Buddhist Review, which appeared in January, 1909 : "A t a private house in Harley Street, London, on the evening of November 3rd, 1907, there was a gathering of some twenty-five persons, either Buddhists or interested in the study of Buddhism.

Besides the General Secretary there was Francis Payne as Financial Secretary, Alexander Fisher, the Founder of the Followers of the Buddha, as Lecture Secretary, and the Hon. Eric Collier as Foreign Secretary. The members in 1909 numbered a hundred and fifty, most of whom were paying the subscription of a guinea a year. The work of the Society was threefold, public meetings every Sunday evening, private meetings for members only, and the Buddhist Review, of which more later. The private meetings were quite informal, and more in the nature of discussions.

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