Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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APR 1940
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Makassar, Suawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, April 24, 1940

Sunset in Makassar
Sunset in Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2008 by Sarah K Moore
Waterfront promenade in Makassar
Waterfront promenade in Makassar at sunset. Photographed in 2008 by Viktor Kaposi
After shipping 5 rolls of color film by ordinary mail to Pan Am. in Manila to be reshipped by air express to Rochester, N.Y., I was ready to start developing. Fenton and I worked all day, developing 15 rolls of film by five o’clock. We stopped then with 5 rolls left because a heavy rain made poor drying conditions. Ted came in for a short time and Hugo was around for most of the day. He was on hand to see his “madonna” pictures developed and they were all good. Most of David’s were excellent.

Hugo telegraphed to Daan in Sarabaya to know if he could give Wongso a job. I hope that he can as Wongso has done extremely well all through our trip.

Fenton has a tropical boil on his elbow and Hugo made him go and see a doctor. Incidentally he spent some time at the Sarabaya hospital with an attack of malaria.

Summarizing our trip to Masamba, it proved to be most successful botanically and in addition a very interesting experience. The country that we went through both going and coming was the most beautiful of any that we saw in Celebes. Our survey of the Toraja country and people was most interesting and was a very fitting end to our trip which has extended from one end of Celebes to the other. The plan that we followed of traveling in an open car and setting on the backs of the seats much of the time gave us the best view possible. The most interesting parts were the limestone hills on the way up with their unbelievably steep sides covered with tropical vegetation, the swamp and jungle between Masamba and the coast, the colonization project near Masamba, the Toraja country around Makale and Rantipao and specially the run to high altitude near Rantipao with views of the beautiful light green rice terraces, the tombs and strange houses of the Toraja people, and finally the run from Makale to Enrekang, which was through more beautiful country than any we may see for some time.

Hugo was a very industrious collector and at all times the best kind of a companion. I enjoyed this final trip as much as any part of the journey from Gorontalo to Makassar.

 

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