Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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DECEMBER 1939
 
 
 
 
 
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FEB 1940
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Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, February 22, 1940

David acquired ten Maleo’s eggs yesterday and we had them for breakfast this morning. They were very large eggs while the bird was about the size of a hen. Mine was scrambled. It was of stiffer consistency than a hen’s egg, not strong in flavor, but lacking the pleasant flavor of a hen’s egg. There was much photographing on deck of eating the eggs.

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.”

Maleo bird of Sulawesi (Macrocephalon maleo)
Maleo bird of Sulawesi (Macrocephalon maleo). Alfred Edmund Brehm, 1879. Brehms Thierleben, Bd. 5, Vögel
Anne Archbold and David Fairchild with Maleo egg
Anne Archbold and David Fairchild with Maleo egg, on the Cheng Ho at Gorontalo, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
David Fairchild eating a Maleo egg
David Fairchild eating a Maleo egg, on the Cheng Ho at Gorontalo, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 
Celebes Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra)
Celebes Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra). Photographed in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi in 2009 by danielguip.
Kapok branches with fruit
Kapok (Ceiba pentandra) branches with fruit. Photographed in Uruguay in 2007 by jplpagan.
Kapok processing operation near Gorontalo
Processing operation on Kulche’s kapok (Ceiba pentandra) plantation, where seeds are separated from the fiber. Photographed by David Fairchild near Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
 

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