Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAY 1940
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Ambon, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, May 11, 1940

Katedral Ambon
Katedral Ambon. Photographed in 2008 by rnee_krisnamurthi.
I went ashore early and had breakfast at the hotel and then developed two films.

Fenton and the Devin girl came in, also Ted. His news was that we must stay until Tuesday to finish the shaft. He also said that Anne was in a very bad humour this morning and had refused to buy sufficient food supplies for the boat. He said that if she became too impossible that he would have her confined to her state room. I certainly hope to be there if that happens.

The harbor master told Ted that the status of the Cheng Ho was unchanged, and that we could come and go as we pleased.

I walked to the town with Ted. We ordered two cots for sleeping on deck. There is going to be more rain from now on and these are important for keeping dry underneath. Ted weighed 80 kilos and I weighed 65 kilos on some scale in a drug store. The equivalent was 176 lbs. and 141 lbs. respectively.

Hugo came in and had lunch with me. He had a large load of seeds to be shipped to Florida. It took him 2 1/2 hours at the post office to get them off.

A very heavy, continuous rain came up in the afternoon.

Our present plan seems to be to go from here to Batchian and then work north towards the Philippines, probably stopping at Ternate. Unfortunately this is the typhoon season for latitudes north of Cebu and it would be necessary to proceed very carefully among the island from there to Manila.

The Captain stopped in. He has been told by the Resident that he need not report for duty immediately but must keep in close touch with the authorities.

Fenton came in and stayed to dinner. I had intended to go out to the boat but the films were not dry yet and the heavy rain continued. Fenton was very cheerful and said that Devin, the Pentecostal missionary, had converted him and made him a “brother in Christ.” He had apparently swallowed the whole thing, a sort of substitute over his disappointment about the Resident’s daughter. Devin had taken him to the sea and baptized him with all his clothes on, – in consequence I had to lend him some dry ones. Fenton showed me how they did “religious dancing,” a solo with a sort of jerking movement not far removed from the savage dancing. He said he was going to convert Mrs. Archbold and that afterward she would be sweet and lovely. I told him if he accomplished that he would never have to do anything else.

On returning to my room we found a beautiful green, very large, tree frog on one of the chairs. I never saw one before and Fenton insisted on taking it to Dr. Fairchild.

 

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