“A plainly attired lady of medium hight [sic] wearing a brown dress and lace collar, was introduced to a large audience at the Case avenue Presbyterian church last evening as Mrs. G. R. Alden, or the first “Pansy” of the season after an unusually severe winter.”
Isn’t that a charming way to describe Isabella?
Those are the first lines of a newspaper article about a public reading she gave at a Cleveland church in 1885.
Isabella regularly drew large crowds whenever she appeared at an event, especially if there was a chance she might read one of her stories; and on this particular evening, she read chapters from her short story “Circulating Decimals.”
Here’s the newspaper’s full description of the event:
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