Cut all film and filed negatives bringing my own film up to date.
Sea continued rough all day until we entered the harbor at Taroena on the Sangi Islands, anchoring at 4:30 P.M. Town was very small although this island has a population of 80,000. Junk was immediately surrounded by native canoes with outriggers.
Lieutenant de Vries came aboard as officer of the post. This is a closed port and has been so for 3 years mainly to exclude the Japanese. They had received telegrams announcing our coming and without special permission we would not have been admitted.
We went ashore and were greeted by a large crowd of children who followed us down the main street. No roads, no autos, no houses, no electricity and only 7 white families.
There was an auction going on in the residence of the former head here who died in Menado recently. Many beautiful things and Anne and the Fairchilds bought a good many. Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kiar introduced themselves and asked us to dinner. They were extremely nice and cordial. We dined in their spacious house at about 8:30, a very delicious dinner with a large variety of delicacies on the table. Everyone told David there was probably little here to interest him. After a pleasant evening we returned to the junk.
This was the most primitive and isolated place we have been in.