Mrs. Oscar S. Straus, widow of the late Jewish philanthropist, author and diplomat, is preparing to go on an expedition into the hinterland of Africa on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History. The party will leave New York Jan. 19.
The cost of the expedition will be paid by Mrs. Straus, who became interested in the museum through the friendship of her husband and the late Carl E. Akeley, sculptor and big game hunter. Mr. Straus died May 3, 1926, at the age of seventy-five. On Nov. 17 of the same year Mr. Akeley died in the Belgian Congo and was buried on Mount Mikeno, Uganda.
Mrs. Straus will be accompanied by a woman companion and Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Boulton of the orinthological department of the Pittsburgh Museum. All specimens collected will be sent to the American Museum of Natural History with which Mr. Boulton was connected.
The expedition, according to present plans, expects to arrive in Cairo about Feb. 4 and from there will ascend the Nile by rail and steam reaching Juba near the headwaters of the river on Feb. 21.