Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAY 1940
8

Ambon, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, May 8, 1940

Fenton came over to help me with developing and I was about to start when a policeman came to the door and said I must go to the police station. This of course was a great joke to Fenton and I could not think what it was about. At the station I was asked to show a permit to visit the Dutch East Indies, but when they found I was from the Cheng Ho everything was all right.

Anne and Marian stopped in for a few moments. The two Devin boys and the Hamel boy were around most of the time. Roderick Devin got us some ice when we needed it as the day got warmer.

Everything went well and the pictures were excellent. We finished 8 rolls, about one half the total.

Later in the afternoon Ted came in and we walked through the town. There was a Chinese wedding going on and we stopped to see it. The groom looked very uncomfortable just as they do at an American wedding, while the bride was all self possession. There was nothing unusual about it.

Ted said that David wanted to go first to Misool, which was good news. The little known island should be interesting. The Captain came in and we had a game of billiards at the club. He won.

There was a tea for the Resident on board but I did not go.

Ambon, photographed in 1926
Ambon, photographed in 1926 by Dhr. C.C.F.M. (Charles Constant Fran├žois Marie) Le Roux. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license by Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).
Ambon, photographed in 2008
Ambon, photographed in 2008 by Bas de Koning.

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