Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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Manila to Forestry College of Los Baños, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, November 30, 1939

Hugh Curran on the road to Mount Makiling

Hugh Curran on the road to Mount Makiling, photographed by David Fairchild
Bahay Kubo

Bahay Kubo, the bamboo cottage at the Forestry College of Los Baños, photographed by David Fairchild
Sent air mail postals to MPB, Mrs Greene, Mary Brown and Garritson. Drove to town in Fairchild’s car & bought a few things. Lunched with Fairchilds and afterward started with them for their bamboo house at the Forestry School about 45 miles. Rained a good deal, otherwise pleasant trip. Very interesting and remarkable house of bamboo, airy and strong.

We drove to end of road 1/3 up mountain with Mr. Curran of the Forestry Service. Extraordinary large tropical trees up there. Mr. Curran is father of Hugo Curran who is going as Fairchild’s assistant.

Had Thanksgiving dinner at the Currans, a short distance away. They all held hands around the table while saying grace, a custom I have never seen before.

They had an 11 ft. python skin from one killed near the house. Party consisted of Mr. and Mrs Curran, Fairchilds, Miss Curran, Hugo Curran and his fiance. Fairchild got me to tell treasure hunting and Alaska stories at dinner.

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