Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
JANUARY 1940
 
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APR 1940
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Arrival in Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, April 8, 1940

Heavy rain during the night and more motion this morning. The missionary felt sick and Hugo was uncomfortable. The course was quite far out from the coast and very little of it was visible.

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.

Shoreline of Makassar
Shoreline of Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2008 by closari..
Took rooms at the Empress Hotel. Separate rooms and baths at 8 guilders a day.

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.

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