Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAR 1940
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Kebon Kopi to Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, March 21, 1940

Hills above Palu, Sulawesi
Hills above Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2008 by Sara’s home
Palu, Sulawesi
Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2008 by Sara’s home
Houses at Palu, Sulawesi
Houses at Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
I had the most uncomfortable night since I got burned, much more so than the one on the sand at Piore, or the boards at Lape and I had quite a distinct fever. I began to think I must have malaria in addition. I was unaware that a severe sun burn over a small area could last so long or produce such symptoms.

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:

All well. Plan arrive Makassar April 9 KPM from Donggala after two weeks collection trip headwaters rivers south of Palu. Could arrive April 2 if necessary. Please send instructions by telegraph immediately when and where to meet you. Can be reached up to sailing time care controlleur Palu. Beckwith Curran.
 

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