Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAR 1940
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Lape, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, March 15, 1940

Up at 6 after some sleep earlier in the night but not feeling up to the mark. Hugo looked fresh after his night on a board bed and ready for a long climb. He looked at my nose scratch and thought it did not look right. Yesterday he put mercurochrome on it after I had given some salt water treatment. My leg scratches looked fine & were healing rapidly. Hugo was soon away with two natives.

A little later I took a walk with Mr De Grijp along the shore & back by an inland trail, making a few photographs on the way and bringing back a tall yellow spike like flower for Hugo. I then lay down for the rest of the morning, taking a bath at the spring before lunch. There were several native women washing clothes there but they withdrew while I took a bath.

Mr. De Grijp & I had an enormous lunch served on the front porch, which I ate only a small part of. He seemed to be eating or drinking something most of the time. In the afternoon he & I took a short walk in the dense jungle forest back of the house and he showed me some ebony trees. He had a lot of natives here who are just starting a three weeks job of taking a census of ebony trees over a large area.

Rested some more on my board bed and hoped this quiet day would get me all right again. This is really a very beautiful cool and attractive place with a fine view over the malaria infested country. The front is the small native settlement which supplied the natives who had malaria and near it is low country which breeds Anopheles to carry it.

Mrs. Te Velde told me how she had got malaria some years ago and I assume her account is true. She woke up in the morning and saw there was a hole in the net and soon found an Anopheles full of blood. Ten days later she woke up and her mind did not seem to work, could not add simple figures. That evening the fever started and she thought she had never quite recovered from the repeated attacks which followed this single inoculation.

Mr. De Grijp told me that about a month ago they heard a goat bleating loudly & found that it was being swallowed by an 18 ft python. The natives killed the python.

Hugo returned at 8, having been within 1000 ft of the summit of the mountain. He had an interesting specimen of an orange fruit with red seeds and a milky sap which quickly formed a latex.

Lape Forestry Station
Lape Forestry Station, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Lape Forestry Station
Lape Forestry Station, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Mossy forest at Lape
Mossy forest at Lape, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Dammar gum gatherers wearing backpacks
Dammar gum gatherers wearing backpacks. Photographed by Edward Beckwith in Lape, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Backpacks used by dammar gum gatherers
Backpacks used by dammar gum gatherers. Photographed by Edward Beckwith in Lape, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Apocynaceae tree at Lape
Apocynaceae tree at Lape, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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