On Thursday 16 June, the pavilion of the Belgian Society for the Promotion of Cremation was inaugurated. This elegant pavilion represents a Greek temple. It consists of three parts: one is dedicated to ancient cremation, the second to the verification of real death, and the third to everything that concerns modern cremation.
The Belgian Society for the Propagation of Cremation was keen to point out the disadvantages, from a hygienic point of view, of the burial system.
Inscriptions draw the visitor's attention: "Burial is a slow combustion; cremation is a rapid combustion. "The cemetery is the enemy of our health. "Fire purifies everything. " Cremation does not hinder criminal repression; it is not in opposition to any religious dogma. "
A reduction of a crematorium is displayed. Visitors are told that the body is
in an oven at 800 degrees, where it remains for 40 to 60 minutes. The ashes of a human body form a small mass weighing between 900 and 1,500 grams, which is placed in urns.
The walls of this small temple are adorned with paintings showing the progress made abroad by societies for the propagation of cremation, notably in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France.
Numerous personalities attended the inauguration, including Count Goblet d'Alviella, Senator, and Mr. Delleur, Mayor of Boitsfort.
Mr. G. Tosquinet, provincial councillor, president of the Belgian Society for the Propagation of Cremation, made an interesting speech in which he expressed the wish to see the Chamber vote as soon as possible on the bill to allow the establishment of an inter-municipal crematorium. He pointed out the dangers, from the point of view of public hygiene, of the present system of burial.
Mr. Chômé, professor at the Ecole Militaire, and Mr. Rantz, secretary of the Antwerp Society for the Propagation of Cremation, insisted in their turn on the necessity of ensuring the possibility of crematoria in our country.
©Exposition Bruxelles 1910