Club still lives, and, like the New England
Woman's Club, seems still pervaded by her spirit.
The Clubs did not have all the fun. The Newport
Evening express of September 2, 1881, says: “Mrs. Julia Ward Howe
has astonished Newport
by her acting in ‘False Colors.’
But she always was a surprising woman.”
Another newspaper says: “The interest of the Newport
world has been divided this week between the amateur theatricals at the Casino and the lawn tennis tournament.
Two representations of the comedy of *‘False Colors’ were given on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.... The stars were undoubtedly Mrs. Julia Ward Howe
and Mr. Peter Marie
, who brought down the house by their brightness and originality.... Mr. Peter Marie
gave a supper on the last night of the performance, during which he proposed the health of Mrs. Julia Ward Howe
and the thanks of the company for her valuable assistance.
's reply was very bright and apt, and her playful warnings of the dangers of sailing under false colors were fully appreciated.”
It is remembered that of all the gay company she was the only one who was letter-perfect in her part.
To return to 1879.
She preached many times this summer in and around Newport
“ Sunday, September 28
. Hard at work.
Could not look at my sermon until this day. Corrected my reply to Parkman
Had a very large audience for the place -all seats full and benches put in.”