I took a walk of a few miles in the delightful cool of a fine tropical morning. A native joined me and walked along silently, by my side. Two little native girls fell down in their efforts to get out of sight when they saw me. I found a tree covered with hanging red fruit and picked one to show Hugo. It may be that he will say “that is the ____ it grows everywhere” or it may be some rare species, as far as I know.
I finally went in and saw the school and found they also had a bamboo flute band. The school master made the boys play outside so I could photograph them.
The school was in a very picturesque setting. The children became quite friendly and crowded round the car.
After lunch, consisting of a sardine and jam sandwich and a can of fruit, I went back to the tree and got more of the fruit I had seen this morning. At about 2:30 a messenger came with a note from Hugo saying to drive towards the town as he was waiting on the way. I found him and showed him my specimens. He said it was the well known ____. “I thought you knew that.” He had found something spectacular, the flower and fruit of a large palm, the Oncosperma, which he had been looking for.
Heavy rain all the way back. The new palm was certainly remarkable. We had a drink of port to celebrate the find. Photographing it will be our first duty in the morning.
Hugo also found an unidentified yellow fruit with velvety red seeds. He was quite elated over the results of the day. He did not climb the mountain as it did not look promising. Incidentally he found a 12 ft. python.