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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, March 30, 1940

The message came at 8 and was as follows:

Denpassar

No. 3 W26 000.28.3.40

d.v.a. 9.57 E

Beckwith Curran

Care Controleur Palu

Delayed telegram received via Surabaja your arrival Macassar ninth will then cable directions Junk expected ready fifth delighted good news

Fairchild.

We interpreted this to mean that the junk would be ready on April 5th and that we should be in Macassar by the ninth. This meant that we must be in Donggala by the evening of April 6th.

After talking it over we decided not to make the trip to Bada on account of the short time available, and instead to spend the week here making short trips of variable kinds. Mr. Esser was here when we received the message and we discussed it with him. We both hope to be back in June and go to Bada then.

One interesting point about the telegram was that it came from Bali. This upset Hugo as he is very anxious to go to Bali and thought he might not now get the chance if the others are there already.

Hugo went on a short hike to a place where he had already seen some important specimens. He sent Wongso back with them and I spent almost the whole day taking photographs. I arranged a number of different settings according to the size and character of the specimen. One specimen consisting of large leaves with a cluster of red fruit at the end was so large that I had to get on the dining table with the camera in order to be far enough away from the floor to take it in. Some pretty small red berries and leaves looked well in a brass vase with my black changing bag as background. There were in all about 6 specimens which I took in color and black and white.

At about 5:30 I walked up to the village on the ridge to see if the natives were back from rice gathering but all of the houses were closed and deserted. The 3 sacred drums I saw the other day had been removed.

Alpinia specimen collected near Palu
Alpinia specimen collected near Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Sapindaceae specimen collected near Palu
Specimen of a tree in the Sapindaceae collected near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Specimen of a Ficus collected near Palu
Specimen of a Ficus collected near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Aroid specimen collected near Palu
Aroid specimen collected near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Glochidion specimen collected near Palu
Glochidion (Euphorbiaceae) specimen collected near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Schefflera specimen collected near Palu
Schefflera specimen collected near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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