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 Tuesday, May 14, 1940

Rotterdam city center burning after bombing, May 14, 1940
Rotterdam, Netherlands city center burning after bombing, May 14, 1940. Provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license by Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1114 / unknown.
Rotterdam after bombing
Rotterdam, Netherlands after the German bombing campaign on May 14, 1940. Provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license by Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1114 / unknown.
Very heavy rain all last night which continued until this morning.

I have begun to consider whether it might not be best for me to try and return now by steamer or plane. I can probably get no more color films through the mails.

Wherever we go there will be restrictions on photography. The rainy season makes developing difficult on account of slow drying. I already have a large number of films to be enlarged which can only be done at home. It is possible that the others may wish to return soon also. A week should clear up the question.

Took the opportunity to write postals to the following: Mary Brown, J. O. Brew, Anne Choate, Arthur Derby, James Garritson, H.R. Forbes, Katharine, Hallie Grune, Martin Gamber, Ray Garner, Henry Hall, Margaret, Bill Ladd, Terris Moore, Howard Palmer, Charles B. Winning, and M.P.B.

Anne came in and wanted me to go with her to the Commander to get a permit to go about the island. I mentioned on the way that I had written a lot of postals and she insisted on stopping at the post office and mailing them. There was a long line up of natives but she went to another window and got the stamps, getting the Devin boy to help her interpret and I left them with him to stamp and mail. Anne is a surprising woman. We got the permits. The officer remarked about the Germans “they are not men but beasts.” He was visibly upset. The commander seemed to think we could get away in a few days. Anne told him we wanted to go to Bachian, then to Sorabaya if possible and if not to the Philippines. It sounded to me as if she wanted to put the boat up. I had the impression that she was getting tired.

The Cheng Ho was bought up to the dock to get water and take on a lot of fuel. There was a mix up about the fuel as we were first forbidden, then permitted to take it. I had lunch on board and everyone seemed glad to have me. David said “it is nice to see you on board again.”

David came to my room later and we went to the club and had some beer. He said he would like to stay out here and perhaps die here, – that he was not anxious to get back.

Anne and Marian came in after he left and we looked over and distributed the photographs just printed. Anne wanted to go to a movie. We saw “Her Jungle Love,” which I had already seen a long time ago in New York. She then went back to the boat and I had dinner alone.

Think we will probably be off soon.

 

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