Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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DEC 1939
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Forestry College at Los Baños to Manila

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, December 23, 1939

Cameron Forbes memorial tree

Cameron Forbes memorial tree, Forestry College at Los Baños, photographed by Edward Beckwith
David decided to go back to Manila this P.M. Cloudy day but took a lot of last minute photos and helped with the packing.

De la Cruz came in and remind me about the tree that had been planted for Cameron Forbes. I took pictures of it as well as the one beside it for Leonard Wood. Wood planted both trees, Cameron was not present. They were both planted June 1921.

After saying good bye to the Curran family we started for Manila at about 5 with a truck jitney and a Ford. I drove the Ford. The road was crowded with children, natives, cars, carabaos, and two wheel cabs. It was difficult driving after dark with the dim Ford lights and we had some close calls requiring quick action. The Fairchilds complimented me on my driving. First time I have driven on the left and also a right hand drive car similar to those of the early days. We got in without a scratch just as the crowds were collecting for the Garcia-Lee prize fight.

Dressed and had dinner at 8:15. A letter from Mary, a photo from HCG and a letter from Lydia (”Baby”) Fairchild asking me to Christmas Eve dinner.

Went to Fairchilds’ room afterward, read the paper and talked. Did not feel particularly done up after over two hours of my difficult driving.

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