Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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Deloe, Siau Island to Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, February 4, 1940

They returned from the party at midnight and Anne said this morning that we had missed much by not going. There was remarkable singing and a game in which each one of the party had to sing a song. Fenton, who has no ear, was embarrassed and was the hit of the evening. Accompaniment was gongs and drums. About 150 natives were present. Very sorry now that I did not go.

David said that he and I were going off alone this AM and did not want anyone else along. We got one of the few cars and drove on a single track road until we came to a washout. A large group of children followed us, came around us and sang, what I think were hymns, in Malay. David found a new variety of papaya. We then drove in the opposite direction and came to another washout, got out and walked. David became absorbed again over some trees and fruits. Returned to the boat at about noon and I immediately began developing, drying 4 films. Noted slight signs of reticulation for the first time. Believe water in tanks on deck becomes too hot in middle of the day to use.

We left Deloe at 4:30 in threatening weather, with rain apparently near. There was discussion as to whether we should return to the same anchorage or proceed and during the changes of decision made a complete circle in the bay. We finally decided to proceed to Menado. The rain did not last long and the sea was moderate. Turned in on deck at 8:45.

Shore of Siau Island, Indonesia
Shore of Siau Island, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Abelmoschus manihot, Siau Island, Indonesia
Abelmoschus manihot, cultivated on Siau Island, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Pandanus, Siau Island, Indonesia
Pandanus, Siau Island, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Forest of Siau Island, Indonesia
Forest of Siau Island, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
 

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