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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, April 4, 1940

Wongso, guide and field assistant
Wongso, the guide and field assistant who accompanied Beckwith and Curran during their travels in Sulawesi. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
After packing up we went to say good bye to the Magao, which only took a few minutes since we could not understand each other. A short call on Mr. and Mrs. Esser and we were ready to start. Mr. Esser had been extremely friendly and helpful and we were both sorry to leave him.

On the way to Palu we stopped at the tree with red fruit from which Hugo obtained some specimens on the way up. The fruit was quite high and Hugo again tried his trick of throwing a stone with a small rope attached and got it over a branch but neither he nor Wongso were able to climb the tree. Hugo hurt one of his fingers in sliding down the rope and it proved to be quite a painful twist. He secured some specimens of the leaf but no fruit.

Our driver made very fast time to Palu over a rough road which shook us up considerably. Hugo thought it was worse than riding a hard gaited horse.

After stopping for a rather fruitless attempt to get some seeds from a fig tree, we went on to Donggala, arriving at 2:15. The town was rather airless and hot after the coolness of Kulawi. After cooking the last of our provisions we went to look up the KPM office to get passage to Makassar. The first class rate was 68 guilders and the second class 40, which seemed extremely high. We decided to go second class, but later I suggested the possibility of going part way down the coast in a chartered launch and then by automobile to Makassar. Hugo thought well of the idea and began to investigate to see whether it would be possible.

There would be additional interest to such a trip in following the swampy shore of the unexplored area south of Donggala. First inquiries were not encouraging as no launch appeared available, however, tomorrow may produce one.

 

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