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 Sunday, January 7, 1940

Wrote to Bill Ladd and H.C.G.

About 5 PM Marian telephoned and asked me to go with them to tea at the G. Fairchilds. They were all there and very friendly. Lydia asked me to stay to dinner so that David, Marian and Anne left me there. I sat between Lydia and Blanquita and we got on the subject of hypnotism, which seemed to interest them. I offered to perform my test to see if they were good subjects. None reacted except Lydia Vaughn, Mrs. MacKey’s daughter, who was an extremely good subject. Blanquita wanted to be hypnotized but was no good as a subject. Lydia Vaughn also wanted to be hypnotized but I refused to try it or tell them how I did it except that I used a pair of scissors. They returned to the subject constantly. At about one AM, Blanquita, Lydia Fairchild and I drove in their car to “The Bamboo Hut”, a sort of night joint where we had some drinks, but they both kept pretty sober. Lydia talked a blue streak, not especially interestingly. She is a peculiar girl. I cannot quite make head or tail of her. They drove me to the hotel at 4 AM, after a rather amusing evening which had its bright spots.

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