Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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JANUARY 1940
 
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FEB 1940
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Deloe, Siau Island, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, February 3, 1940

Slept on upper deck, no rain. Noticed felt better in morning from sleeping in fresh air.

Up early and took advantage of sails being up to dry to photograph junk from launch, also Anne and Marian swimming. David and I went to Rajah’s house to photograph him with papaya leaves, which David has found, to his surprise, were edible and wanted a pictorial demonstration. No time for breakfast until my return at 9:30. Very hurried morning. Started developing again at 10 AM. Rajah’s name — Parengkiran [David reports: Parengkuan].

Hugo returned after climbing the extinct crater mountain, Tamata, about 3500 ft high. He has some really extraordinary specimens of brilliant red fruit and other things found inside the crater. I hurried to photograph them in color before the light faded.

Anne, Marian, Fant, Dann, Fenton, and Hugo went to a party at the Rajas. David and I were tired and did not go.

I was just settled on the high deck when it began to rain and I had to go below for the rest of the right.

At dinner this evening David, Marian and Anne began to josh me about writing to Manila. David said I should not flirt with girls and then drop them like that. They referred of course to Lydia. Anne talked about my being “practically engaged” and David said he had expected me to go back and spend my life in Manila. I told him he took away my appetite for dinner.

The Cheng Ho in the harbor at Siau Island
The Cheng Ho in the harbor at Siau Island, Indonesia. The sails were raised to allow them to dry. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Marian Fairchild and Anne Archbold swimming in the harbor at Siau Island
Marian Fairchild and Anne Archbold swimming in the harbor at Siau Island, Indonesia, holding ropes attached to the bow of the Cheng Ho. “Two eyes carved on either side of the bow enabled the boat to see ahead, and a gilded sun on the blunt bow lighted the way.” Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pinanga specimen collected by Hugo Curran near the summit of Mt. Tomata
Pinanga specimen collected by Hugo Curran near the summit of Mt. Tomata, Siau Island, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 
Rajah Parengkirau and his wife with David Fairchild
Rajah Parengkirau and his wife with David Fairchild. Photographed in the Raja’s home by Edward Beckwith.
Rajah Parengkirau with a dish of boiled papaya leaves
Rajah Parengkirau with a dish of boiled papaya leaves. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 

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