Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
8

Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, February 8, 1940

Children of Noongan, Sulawesi
Children of Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia using bamboo to carry water. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Sulphurous crater of Mt. Mahawu
Sulphurous crater of Mt. Mahawu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2007 by d_mcplum.
After considerable discussion we all started at about 8:30 in two cars for the sulphur mine, which was in a crater at the top of a mountain. Before this Hugo, David and I drove over the road we had walked yesterday and took a few photographs.

The sulphur mine was reached by a very winding road to an altitude of about 4000 ft. The crater is Mahawu and the mine, the Sopoltan Sulphur Mine, owned by a Hollander and a German, the latter Mr. Moll. The mine had been in operation 4 years and had about 6 to run. The sulphur is free of arsenic and is used for sugar bleaching in Java.

We went to the new home being built by the owners, a picture of Hitler and a swastika was much in evidence.

We had tea with them, and while we were there a heavy rain came up and continued as we drove down the mountain. Hugo collected some very interesting palm fruits in a downpour. We returned at 12:30.

David decided we should take movies to show the height of the Pigafetta elata. Daan left for the boat in one of the cars with instructions to send up both movie cameras this evening. He was glad to get away from here and from the party. Also he felt the cold.

Everyone was surprised that he turned up this morning after spending the night in the town in an inn which he said was dirty and filled with rats. Why he did not sleep here was not clear.

After lunch the weather cleared somewhat and I photographed the specimens Hugo had collected. They were colorful and remarkable looking. He helped me and I took them in black and white and color.

When I was quite tired after an active day David came out from a nap and wanted to go out in the car to take a picture of a Pigafetta. So we went and continued on for quite a long drive, Anne, Marian and Hugo going along also.

When we approached sea level I noticed how much more pleasant it was than at the sanatorium. My conclusion was that altitudes in the tropics, while cool, are not as satisfactory for a long stay as the warm climate at sea level.

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