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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, December 17, 1939

Manila Polo Club, photographed in 1942 by Carl Mydans./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
David decided he wanted me to go with them to the “Kubo” at the Forestry College, where we were before, in order to take some color photos, so I packed up and we left in the George Fairchilds car at about 11. We stopped at the George Fairchild’s house a few moments and while driving out of the gate met Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Sayre in their car. We all got out and David mentioned to him that I was a cousin of Cameron Forbes. Mr. Segri, who is High Commissioner of the Philippines, an office which corresponds to the former Governor, said there was to be an anniversary polo game this afternoon in honor of Cameron who founded the polo field, and suggested it might be well to have one of Cameron’s relatives present. The Fairchilds therefore drove me back to the hotel, where we had lunch and they then left for the Forestry College.

At Mr. Sayre’s suggestion, I called up Mr. Joseph A. Thomas, President of the Polo Club and arranged to see him before the game. I felt somewhat apprehensive as to how it would appear to Cameron if he heard I had received honors as his relative, but I drove to the field at 4PM. Mr. Thomas seated me in the front row just behind the table with the cups on it and beside Mrs. McKay who was to make the presentation to the winner. On her other side was Major General W. S. Grant, Commanding General Philippine Dept., U. S. Army and in the next seat Mr. Sayre, Admiral J. M. Smeallie, and Mr. and Mrs. Stevensen. There was a very large crowd and the event was evidently a very important one. Mr. Thomas in his speech said that a cousin of Mr. Forbes was present, mentioning my name. I felt more and more apprehensive. Anyway he did not ask me for a speech. After the game and speeches by Thomas, Stevensen, Grant and Sayre, there were refreshments seated at tables with place cards. I was seated at Mr. Sayre’s table. Then there was dancing and I talked with many people who all met me as a cousin of Cameron’s. They were of course also much interested in the expedition. I left a 8 and Mrs. Thomas insisted on sending me to the hotel in her car.

Mr. Sayre asked me to give his regards to Cameron, when I wrote him.

I decided to write Cameron tomorrow as he will surely hear about my part in the event.

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