Hugo gave me a 5 grain tablet of quinine to be on the safe side.
We started for Palu, 40 km distant in a small Chevrolet and stopped several times for Hugo to get specimens, one a berry with quite a sweet scent like lilac. I started the day wearing trousers over shorts, a sweater and on top, my camels hair coat. When we reached sea level I had discarded everything except a shirt and shorts, showing what a difference a slight fever and drop of 4000 ft. can make.
As we reached sea level the country became very dry, the driest we have seen, with plains and dried up cacti like some of the American deserts. This general dryness made the heat less noticeable.
The small inn at Palu was entirely adequate as there were three rooms and no other guests. By the afternoon my fever had entirely disappeared and I went with Hugo to see the controlleur, Mr. Felix. Dr. W. J. Van Thiel was living with him and I showed him my burns. He said it was entirely sufficient to cause the fever, which I think relieved Hugo’s mind. He mixed up some salve and brought it to the inn, refusing to charge anything. Mr. Felix gave us rather fragmentary information about the Toradja country as he had never been there.
In the evening Hugo and I composed a telegram to send to David as follows: