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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, December 29, 1939

Closeup of rattan palm spines

Closeup of rattan palm spines, probably from Calamus dimorphacanthus var. halconensis, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Marian called up at 8:30 and said they were going to see Tamesis to say goodbye and wanted me to come. Just getting up so could not go.

Wrote letter to MPB.

Took close-ups of spiny palm of a specimen from the Forestry College.

Developed film.

Lunch with Marian and David. Afterward we went to Am. Express. Found that the sound recorder would not arrive till Jan. 15, probably too late, and the only thing will be to ship it back to NY.

Marian and David think things will move fast when Mrs. A. arrives and we will be off very soon. They worry a good deal about getting sea sick. Marian asked me today if I would stay with them all through their trip to Miami. I think she is concerned about David’s health.

Two friends of the Fairchilds came to dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Baker. He is a lumber man and his mill is on a remote part of the eastern coast of South Luzon. They employ over 1000 natives. Mrs. Baker was evidently anxious for diversion while they were in town and wanted to take me around a little, the Santa Ana dance hall and a Japanese cafe where you had to take off your shoes, squat on the floor and eat with chopsticks. I was glad that Marian vetoed it. They left at 9:30. Marian told me she was not enthusiastic about the coming New Years Eve party at the Wolffs and had heard that a woman had jumped into the swimming pool with her clothes on at the last one. I had not told her about any of the goings on at the Christmas Eve party at the George Fairchilds after she left. She saw Lydia today at their dress shop and said there was no telling what she would say next. I was amused having seen Lydia when she was not on her good behaviour.

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