Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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Tahuna, Sangir Besar, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, January 30, 1940

Collecting Actinoryitis calapparia in the rain
Hugo Curran with a group of vilagers in Tahuna, Sangir Besar, Indonesia, collecting the “Kavesu” palm (Actinorhytis calapparia) in the heavy rain. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Heavy rain all last night. Kilkenny thought I used too much water developing yesterday and better to wait until we are at a port with a supply. Developing is too important to wait but this showed that any enlarging is out of the question.

We found it necessary to make a special silica gel drying box to dry film in wet weather, which we will probably have more or less from now on.

Wind shifted to the west causing considerable swell in the harbor and Ted thought we might have to put out to sea. Toward afternoon things cleared up and the sun came out.

Anne arranged to show two Kodachrome professional films ashore with her new Eastman projector and asked me to look afterwards. Had never used this projector but worked it out and we showed the film at the only place where there was electricity which was the school house. Went ashore early with Mr. and Mrs. Dose and had supper with them before the show. Was interested to see what they would have to eat at an ordinary family meal. Consisted of poached egg, bread, soup, ham loaf, coffee and beer. There was the same long period of talking and drinking beer before dinner that we had before. Mr. Haver Dose is 3rd comptroller and has to do with civil service and welfare work. Interesting talking to him about the natives.

Everyone was at the show and it went off well. The natives present were particularly amused at the dancing and laughed a good deal all through the film. I said goodbye for the third time to the Kiars and the Barrows. Not much doubt about starting tomorrow.

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