Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JAN 1940
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Parang, Mindanao, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, January 20, 1940

Cotabato, Philippines

Cotabato, Philippines, photographed in 2008 by ~MVI~ (on carpal tunnel syndrome break)
Good deal of motion last night with some rain squalls. Went on watch from 6 to 8 AM. David slept on deck near the wheel in Anne’s canvas bag, which is an excellent protection against wind. Anne came up and we all talked. Quite a sea running with some spray coming over, but no one has shown signs of sickness.

Dropped anchor at small native town of Parang about 2 PM. Hugo’s brother expected to meet us but did not turn up. Many natives at the dock some girls were picturesquely dressed in beautifully colored sarongs.

We finally secured a native bus and hired it to take us to Cotabato, about 15 miles. It was the roughest ride I have made here. We started prepared to spend the night. Anne, the Fairchilds, Hugo, Fant and I went. There was nowhere we could stay in Cotabato so returned after dinner to the hotel.

Hugo’s brother, a very tall young fellow 6 ft. 6 in. employed at the International Harvester plant for experimental machines for hemp at Davao, turned up and suggested we all go to a lumber camp at 3000 ft. on the way to Davao. Anne thought it would be too cold and we were not prepared, so after a considerable mix up as to the best plan, we returned to the junk in two cars, reaching it between 9 and 10 P.M.

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By Howard H. Curran, Jr.
2010-03-22 12:02:31
"Hugo’s brother", is my father, Howard H. Curran. Hugo, is of course, my uncle, Hugh M. Curran, Jr. Their parents, mentioned earlier in this journal, are Hugh M. Curran and Elma H. Curran. All were intered by the Japanese, during WWII, at Los Baños, Philippines.

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