It was already late when she received the appointment, but she lost no time.
Establishing her headquarters at No. 5 Park Street (for many years the home of the “Woman's Journal” and the New England
Woman's Club), she sent out circulars to every State in the Union
, asking for exhibits, and appealed to the editors of newspapers all over the country to send women correspondents for a month or more to the Exposition.
She called meetings in Boston
, New York
, and Hartford
, at all of which she spoke, imploring the women to bestir themselves, and, late as it was, to make an effort to get together a proper showing of women's work for the great Fair.
Beside all this, she kept up through the autumn an active correspondence with the Exposition authorities at New Orleans.
The Exposition was scheduled to open on the 1st of December: it did actually open on the 16th.
A steamer had been chartered to convey thither the officers of the Exposition and their invited guests.
Seated on the deck, the chief of the Woman's Department and her fellow-workers watched the arrival of the high dignitaries of the State and city, escorted by members of the military, and by two bands of music; one, the famous Mexican Band.
All the craft on the river were adorned with flags and streamers.
The Crescent, which gives the city its familiar designation, was pointed out, and the “Father of waters” was looked upon with admiring eyes.
The steamer brought