The courage and hardiness of seventy-four year old Mrs. Oscar Straus, widow of the Secretary of Commerce during the Theodore Roosevelt Administraton and aut of the present ambassador to France, were described in glowing terms to the Jewish Daily Bulletin yesterday by Jewish Daily Boulton, leader of the West Africa expedition sponsored by Rudyard Boulton, leader pf the West African expedition sponsored by Mrs. Straus for the benefit of the Cicago Field Museum.
Discussing the expediton made five years ago for the Museum of Natural History of this city, Mr. Boulton, who is sailing today on the American-West Africa liner Zarambo, told of Mrs. Straus’ bravery in the face of danger.
”At on time,” he said, ”she accompanied a party daily for several weeks while photographs wre being made of a herd of elephants. Several times these elephants made what are called ‘demonstration charges,’ attermpting to scare away the party by rushing at them. They came within twenty feet of the group before swering aside Although the party had a supply of high-powered rifles, there was danger of the elephants trampling them Mrs. Stranus stood braverly with the #others during the charge.”
The hazards in the trip were detailed by Mr. Boulton. What is most important to the party, he said is the water supply. At times there is great possibility o fwater shortage. There also is a constant danger of disease.
Mrs. Steaus will join the party at Dakar in the middle of February She will accompay the explorers for about two mothers. After leaving Dakar, the expedition with motor through Senegal and West Africa ot Timbuctoo, collectiong birds and mammals and recording native music on the way. The party Nigeria and work throgh Nigeria to Lagos.