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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, March 29, 1940

Esser with Hugo Curran in Kulawi
Esser with Hugo Curran in Kulawi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Mr. and Mrs. Esser in Kulawi
Mr. and Mrs. Esser posing in Kulawi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Hugo started on a climb at about 8, his survey of the country yesterday being very favorable for new species. Before leaving he gave me the following long list of things to ask Mr Felix by telephone to Palu:

1. Leaving for Bada Sat. afternoon.

2. Can we get permission for local bus to take us to Gimpu.

3. Could we have a messenger sent to Gintu to the Torana Mahile? informing him that we are coming to take photos of costumes and dances, and also would like to buy Bada clothes.

4. To hold any message until our return.

5. To arrange for car to meet us in Gimpu the morning of April 6 (should come up night before; De Kian in Palu was our previous driver).

Mr. Esser went to the main office with me to telephone Mr Felix. He first covered question (2) without calling him and obtained permission to use the truck.

We then heard that the answer to our telegram had come to Palu and would be sent here by bus today. I therefore decided to do no more arranging until it arrived.

I returned with Mr. Esser and took a number of photographs of him and his wife, who dressed in native costume.

We have concluded that photographs are one of the best ways to return favors, and Mr. Esser had been of great help to us.

I stayed and had lunch with them and later returned to my room. The bus had not arrived by 6.

In going over my film taken since leaving the Cheng Ho I found 106 of mine were first class, and only a small number not up to standard. There were 50 of Hugo’s, which I did not rate.

I found that Mr Esser intended to take the trip on horseback to Masamba in June. He said that he would not go in the rainy time of April and May on account of danger of being held up by landslides, fallen trees, floods, etc. He takes a mattress with him on these trips and all the necessary food. He spoke of a more difficult way by which it was possible to go in 4 days instead of 6. He said that the 60 km trip on horse from Pindolo on Lake Poso to Masamba, which takes only 2 days, was over a difficult trail, more so than this one. I am inclined to think, however, that their standard of difficulty here is not high and that as compared with trails in the U.S. Southwest I have been over that these are all much easier.

The message did not arrive. Hugo returned at 6:30 having covered 40 kms to a high lake. He did not find anything of great interest.

 

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