David, Marian, Anne and I started in a car about about 9 for Kulche’s plantation, which was over half way across the peninsula. The country was much more attractive than the Minahasa country, less inhabited, and more beautiful.
We arrived at about 11 and climbed a long flight of steps to the house. Hugo and Kulche were off on foot. Mrs. Kulche, a Frenchwoman who had lived in Holland, received us and was very glad to see outsiders in this isolated place.
We had brought lunch and drove down the road to eat it. Afterwards David hunted for specimens while I and Anne helped by scrambling up a steep bank. She is remarkably agile and surprised me. I got considerably sun burned and scratched up.
We returned to Kulche’s at about 3. Hugo and Kulche had returned and we saw the Kapok operations. It is used for plane insulation, refrigerators, mattresses, etc. Competitors are glass wool and balsa wood. It was very interesting plant, but not with very up to date machinery.
Kulche was evidently a hard German driver and I felt very sorry for the poor native employees under him.
The stuff was flying around a good deal and I should think would be bad for the lungs.
We returned at about 6. There were visitors on board but I did not see them. The women bring Anne and Marian a surprising lot of presents, from hand woven cloth to flowers, etc.
Hugo saw some baboons [probably Sulawesi macaque] in the forest when he was out with Kulche.
Took some flashlights in the evening of the deck room. A great deal of fussing about it. Anne finally decided to take down the sign about “gents may not sleep here.”