Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
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Noongan and Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, February 10, 1940

Cooked rats for sale in Manado market
Cooked rats for sale in Manado market, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2006 by Orang Asli.
Weather better but decidedly chilly. We packed up and left in the car at about 8. David was feeling better but still not up to the mark. We first drove over the hill and took movies and stills of the Pigafetta, then started for Manado at about 9, reaching Manado at noon. Hotel had only two vacant rooms so David and I took one and Anne and Marian the other. On the way here to Manado we stopped at a market. David and Marian got out David was rather disgusted I did not join them and when they returned David presented me with something wrapped in a newspaper. It was a cooked rat. I threw it out of the car and David’s feelings were hurt. He expected me to keep it and photograph it.

Went out to the boat with Ted. He told me that “the crew” (Ted, Fenton, Fant and Daan) did not like the way they were treated by Mrs. Archbold and unless things improved they would all leave for Macassar.

There was a heavy swell in the harbor and much motion on the boat. They will shift her to the other side of the peninsula near Girian tonight.

I got the 100 postals of the junk at .15 (Dutch) a piece. They were not very satisfactory and I ordered 100 more at the other place from another negative. The first lot will be used, however.

Too many rains this afternoon. Temperature decidedly cool. This is indeed the rainy season.

David talked with me about junk affairs and mentioned the danger that the Chinese crew might leave if Kilkenney and the others did. He agreed that Anne was very untactful and should be talked to about this serious situation. I do not think that she realizes that Fant, Fenton, and Daan may leave too.

Bamboos have been bought to replace the pine battens in the sails. The bamboo were floated out to the junk and were then handed up and slung on the side. The junk will leave at midnight for the more protected anchorage at 3 kilometers from Girian.

David took the room Daan left vacant so that I was alone in a room which faced a regular barnyard of roosters, geese and children.

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