Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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DEC 1939
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Vigan to Manila

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, December 13, 1939

The group preparing for departure

The group preparing for departure, photographed by Edward Beckwith
We had not intended to return to Vigan last night but it was found impossible to repair a broken spring on the Plymouth, so there was no alternative.

We started this morning at about 8:00 and drove the 300 miles to Manila without difficulty, stopping for lunch at a small and very attractive beach hotel, the Miramonte, about four miles from San Fernando.

The natives, chicken, pigs, children and dogs seemed to line the road and this was the first day that we have struck anything. We killed two dogs. No fault of the driver who was most careful. I learned that Tamesis has the driver carry a revolver, entirely in case of accident to a native, where there is very likely to be trouble.

Arrived in Manila after dark and all had dinner at a Chinese restaurant, the whole party feeling rather tired.

We then drove to the Manila Hotel where the Fairchilds and I said goodbye to Tamesis and Sulit and the others. We were of course much interested in what word had come from Hong Kong and Marian asked me to come to their room to look over their mail. A letter from Mrs. Archbold written Dec. 8, said that she would take the clipper to Manila on Dec. 20, that there had been delay but all was going well. The Curran family came in and Mrs. Curran invited me to her daughter’s wedding tomorrow. Marian read me a lot more family letters and I appreciated her friendliness in including me in the family news – letters from her daughters in Cairo and Panama. Finally went to bed at 10:30 dead tired.

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