Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Baguio, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, December 4, 1939

Baguio market

Baguio market, photographed in 2006 by Monica Arellano-Ongpin
Benguet Gold Mine

Benguet Gold Mine, photographed before World War II, scanned by John T Pilot
Slept well and think I am feeling better every day. Heavy rain, and news came early that the typhoon had struck Manila and done considerable destruction through the country. This may interfere with David’s plans to make quite an extensive tour of Northern Luzon in search of specimens and accompanied by Mr. Florencio Tamesis of the Forestry Department and Mr. J. M. Sulit.

Drove to the town with Marian. Bought six rolls of 120 Eastman’s XX and a bottle of film dryer which I had been unable to get in Manila. We inspected the market where there were very large quantities of Igorot carvings, weaving, etc. all very well done. Young Igorot girls put on the bright colored native things and would have made a fine color photo. Marian bought some weaving. Returned for lunch.

Drove with Marian to Benguet Gold Mine , 2nd largest in islands. Employs 2000 men and takes out 1200 tons of ore a day running now about $12.00 to the ton. They use cyanide extraction. We talked with Mr. and Mrs. Miller. He is the mine superintendent and a friend of LaVoie. He advised us strongly not to go on a trip to Dutch East Indies at present because of unsettled conditions, especially regarding Japan. This is the first advice of this kind I have had. We all put on heavy water proofs and helmets and went down in the mine 700 ft. I took two samples of quartz ore in which the particles of gold were plainly visible. Afterward we went to Miller’s house and had Coca Cola. He asked me to keep an eye out for any good gold mining prospects in the East Indies and spoke of the Bolo mine in British New Guinea (stock quoted at 21) as very good.

Mr. & Mrs. Little & Mr. & Mrs. Cairns came in just before dinner. Cairns has been in Philippines for 40 years and knew Cameron. He considered we were in no danger under the American flag in the Moluccas.

Stayed up till eleven discussing expedition and look over a chart. David is not at all settled about even the first part of the trip and I do not think is over enthusiastic.

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