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 Monday, December 18, 1939

Typhoon clouds over Manila

Typhoon clouds over Manila, photographed in 2009 by Storm Crypt
Rizal Park in the rain

Rizal Park (across the street from Manila Hotel) in the rain, photographed in 2009 by Nealy-J
Heavy rain all night which will let me out of joining the Fairchilds today by train, and I prepared to do some developing. I first wrote a letter as follows -

Dear Cameron

While waiting here for the completion of a boat in Hong Kong on which I expect to make a six months cruise for botanical specimens in the Molucca Islands, with Dr. David Fairchild, I found myself rather unexpectedly an honored guest at the polo game which was in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the field under your name. I did not wish you to think, in case you should hear of it from someone here, that I had received honors through advertising our relationship. It came about through the mention by someone to Mr. Sayre or Mr. Thomas that I was your cousin and they made something of it to add glory to me and to the Polo Club!

I greatly enjoyed attending this anniversary, which was very apparently the most important event for sometime. It was the most interesting incident of my stay here and I was glad that our delay in starting made it possible for me to be there.

Sincerely yours,

Edward P. Beckwith

Received quite a long letter from H.C.G.

Developed one roll of film but drying in pure wood alcohol was unsatisfactory. It apparently attacked the base and the dried film curled. Fortunately not very important film.

Very heavy rain all day.

Had lunch with Dr. and Mrs. Smith. He gave me two books on ship medical practice and came to my room later with snaps on [Ankor?], etc. Not very interesting.

Hugo came in and said Fairchilds wanted me to let them know of any messages so they would not have to come back on Wednesday if Mrs. A. does not come.

Parnassus introduced me to Jack Dempsey at the elevator. I certainly have been thankful to Cameron for his anniversary which kept me in Manila instead of being out at the damp bamboo house at Los Banos. It has been decidedly restful being here alone and I need the rest in preparation for what is to come when Mrs. A. and the junk arrive.

High wind and continued heavy rain. Another typhoon here.

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By Nancy
2009-12-09 15:40:52
Yes, that is George Parnassus and Jack Dempsey of boxing fame. There was a world Middleweight Championship fight in Manila on December 23 at which Ceferino Garcia beat Glen Lee. Ned's a bit of a name dropper - and I'm enjoying it immensely!

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