The Great African Safari Bust


Back home Dad went directly to Washington to keep the publicity flowing. The Boy Scouts of America was officially incorporated in the District of Columbia on February 8, 1910, and a national charter was granted by Congress six years later.

When Dad wrote to someone in Africa to thank him for the trophies that had arrived in Chicago in fine condition, he said that Boyce hadn’t looked at them yet and that “he acts as if he never even heard of Africa.”

In 1916 Charles Hughes founded the D.A.C. (for Detroit Athletic Club) News, an unusual club magazine devoted to literature, for which his daughter, the author of this article, wrote a column from Washington during the 1940’s and 50’s. Now a free-lance writer, she is married to James G. Crowley of the Boston Globe.