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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, January 1, 1940

Fireworks over Manila Harbor

Fireworks over Manila Harbor, photographed in 2006 by ~C4Chaos
Overcame the difficulty of a very noisy night at the hotel by Dan Comstock’s trick of putting cotton plugs and Vaseline in ears. Took a hot bath early and slept some more. Hugo came in while I was at breakfast and said the others were all going out to the junk. Mrs Archbold said she looked for me for breakfast at 7 A.M. Everything very friendly.

Looked over the darkroom and found it very good with both salt and fresh running water, etc. Decided we could go in for contact printing and will get necessities. Made a few minor changes in dark room.

We returned to the hotel for lunch. Mrs A. announced she had no feeling for the junk and thought it was because everything was so messy on board this morning. I told her it was a grand headquarters for photography and she looked much pleased. I can see difficulties ahead and she will be hard to get along with I think. Struck me this AM as a very pathetic character.

Ted was much better and in good spirits. He told me that a man at a pin game had pasted him in the eye. May be and may be not.

Mrs A. had not slept well and wanted to get out of Manila so they all drove out to Bahay Kubo for the night. I did not go although Mrs. Curran telephoned she wanted me to come.

Developed one of my and one of David’s films. Excellent results, particularly David’s.

Called up Lydia at 5. An indistinct voice asked me to call up later. Not over last night yet probably. I understood they stayed up till 6 AM. I wanted to wish her Happy New Year and explain why I went home early.

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