We went up the rather narrow inlet near the town among mangrove swamps.
Found very peculiar ants nest on trees which David became excited about and a great many pictures were needed. Hugo got covered with ants in getting the nests in position to photograph. Many native outriggers came down the inlet showing that there were settlements farther up. David found interesting and peculiar fruits and in one place Hugo cut down a fair sized tree with his bolo to get a good view for photography. We took between us 60 photographs. The boat was loaded with ants nests from which the ants had been eliminated by putting them under water, fruits and seeds and branches. Returned to the boat at 10:15 and were off for the island of Siaoe about 40 miles distant at 10:30. The name of the town there is Deloe .
This mornings trip was extremely interesting and successful and David found a good deal that was important. The amount of photography showed this.
After passing many small islands we approached the volcanic cone of Siaoe, 6800 ft, and active. Smoke was visible. The scene was very impressive as we approached with steep slopes, the lower part covered with coconut. We came close to the town and saw the “Alor,” which had been at Taroma, anchored close to the pier. They sent out a launch and we got a storm line ashore after letting out the anchor at 5:45 P.M. Sent an invitation to de Vries who was aboard the Alor asking him to dinner.
Everyone was much impressed with the beauty of this island. De Vries came to dinner. I left the others early and slept on the high stern deck.