National Geographic : 1965 Jul
In line of duty as her father's repre sentative, Elsie bids farewell to the Peary Relief Expedition on July 20, 1899. Robert E. Peary, who was to discover the North Pole a decade later, had been unreported for more than a year when Russell W. Porter (standing), Robert Stein (left), and Fullerton Merrill set out to help him. They found the explorer in northern Greenland and brought him supplies. Mr. Bell often used his daughter as a report er "to give her experience and to prepare her for the hard work in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," Elsie's husband notes. After climbing the house-high trunk of a fallen sequoia, the Grosvenors began a fight to save California's giant trees in 1916. As a result of that campaign, the Society and its mem bers gave funds for land deeded to Sequoia National Park. "A superb horsewoman, my wife could handle any animal." Before they were married, Gilbert was invited to go riding with Elsie on his first Sunday in Wash ington. "I explained," he remembers, "that my only experience with horses was on farm plugs in Turkey. Miss Bell assured me that the stable master would give me a gentle mount. Unfortunately, the horse assigned threw me twice. I was sure that after such a performance, I had lost out with Miss Bell. But she most kindly blamed the stable master... not me." Here Mrs. Grosvenor rides sidesaddle on her favorite, the high-spirited Water Lily, a former racing mare.