This chapter describes the continuing internal conflicts of the Woman's Department. Contrary to the official Resolution from Lady Commissioners in support of Julia Ward Howe in mid-April 1885, declarations of peace had been illusory. Some predicaments seemed unintentional; the blows came with the territory of leadership. Others seemed of Howe's own making. In any case, her vulnerabilities were beginning to show. Director-General E. A. Burke also quit his post, citing the demands of “duty in other quarters.” In addition, the women's money had not arrived from Congress in time to pay many Lady Commissioners' expenses back to their home states. And there would be a question about how the money was to be divided. It was beginning to look like the Woman's Department might end in furor, as it had begun.
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