This photographing specimens is not as easy as it might appear, since lighting, background and setting must all be carefully arranged and when one is right the others might be wrong. It took us about two hours to finish the palm, one view with Hugo in the corner.
During operations we had an interested crowd watching from the street. We were interrupted by someone who wanted to know Mrs. Archbold’s name and address and also by the arrival of Wongso from Marissa. He will go with us on the trip and does not speak English.
Hugo and I called on Mr. Korn to say goodbye and thank him for his letter to all officials. We certainly are well accredited with letters backed by the highest authority in Batavia.
I had the idea that it might be advisable to get Mr. de Witte’s Rolleicord camera for Hugo to use on climbs. We called on him and took a little time before bringing up the subject. Toward the end of the visit he said we could take the camera and either return it or send him a new one. This was a great piece of good fortune and solved the photographic problem. He refused to sell it.
At dinner we had a further talk with the only other guest at the hotel, Mr. von Elsner. He is a German, I think a Jew, and is an agent for cigarettes, etc.