bill was passed without discussion.
The news was received with great rejoicing in New Orleans, especially in the Woman
's Department, “where our need was the sorest.”
The promise brought new life to the weary workers; but they were to be far more weary before the end. The Exposition closed on the last day of May.
Summer was upon them; the Northern
women, unused to the great heats of New Orleans, longed to close up their business and depart, but the money had not come from Congress, and they could not leave their post.
Days dragged on; days of torrid, relentless heat.
Our mother must borrow money for the Department here and there to bridge over the gap between promise and fulfilment.
Worn out by fatigue, anxiety, and the great heat, she fell seriously ill. Those nearest her begged her to go home and leave to others the final settlement of affairs, but she would not hear of this.
She would get well: she must
Rallying her forces, mental and physical, she did get well, though her illness for a time seemed desperate.
At long last, when June was nearly half over, the money came, and with it the end of her long task.
Accounts were audited, checks drawn, exhibits despatched; and with farewell greetings and congratulations, “the whole weary matter ended.”
Her report as President
of the Woman
's Department tells the story:
The business of the Woman's Department having thus been brought successfully to a close, it only remains for its President to resign the office she has filled, with some pain and much pleasure, for more than six months,--to thank the officers of her staff