Reached Makassar at 1:30. We went at once to see the Harbor Master. There were several letters for Hugo and three for me, one of which was from MPB dated Garrison, Feb. 17. She reported very fine results on Kodachrome received to date. A letter from David also dated Feb. 17 asked us to investigate a high plateau country near here. It was too old to say anything about when the Cheng Ho would come to Macassar. There was no other word, which was disappointing as we had expected a cable.
We lost no time in getting some developer so as to start on the 12 rolls which have accumulated. Eastman 075 was the only one available. We also inquired for a Rolleicord and a Rolleiflex . There was a Rolleiflex, and a Rolleicord could be obtained from Batavia. I wanted the latter to send to de Witte in Gorontalo in place of the one for Hugo which he had let us take. The prices asked were:
Rolleiflex 320.- guilders Rolleicord 185.- guilders Total 505.- guilders
I decided to get both, the Rolleiflex as a second camera, which would make the one of David’s I am now using available for Hugo. We were allowed 75 guilders on de Witte’s Rolleicord. I agreed to pay therefore for the two cameras 430 guilders. The terms seemed good as the Rolleiflex was priced in New York just before I left at $180.00.
This hotel had a restaurant with English instead of Dutch food, the first I have had for a long time.
It rained hard late in the afternoon although this is the beginning of the dry season here. We were both impressed favorably with Macassar. I had expected it to be hotter.