Hugo and I examined critically my practically healed tropical ulcers and it was possible to come to a definite conclusion. The two that we treated took just about the same length of time to heal as the untreated one. The treated ones presented a neater and less rough appearance, but otherwise were not better than the untreated one. The idea that one of those ulcers will continue to enlarge and give trouble unless treated was completely exploded. Hugo was very fair in acknowledging that my contention was correct that the untreated one would heal about as quickly. As I have told Hugo, it was generally assumed that it was the medication that cured an ailment of this kind. I feel sure that very few people, including doctors, have tried this experiment. All that can be said in this specific case is that the medication did no harm whatsoever.
Anne and Marian returned about 1:30. There was no word from David so we decided to move on this afternoon toward Macassar.
Hugo wanted to borrow my tripod this morning to take some more pictures of his “madonna”. He took a whole roll, some with the baby, some without. It will be interesting to see what sort of artistic results he has accomplished.
Hugo and I started for Enrekang at 2:45. We soon ran into heavy rain, but in spite of it, the country was the most beautiful we have been through. Remarkable hills and valleys with steep rock formations. We regretted that we could not see it on a clear day. The road dropped steadily, and the rain stopped before we arrived. The place was warmer than Makale, which was too cold, the altitude being considerably lower.
The pasang grahan was rather shabby looking and had only three rooms. We both hoped that Anne and Marian would be delayed by the rain and get no further than Kalosi and and the inn there was undoubtedly better.
However, they both arrived and did not seem to think the place bad at all so everything turned out all right.