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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, May 20, 1940

Up at 5 AM and photographed yesterdays specimens before any wind came up, and in spite of a lot going on -  natives with shells and flowers for David, sorting of specimens, and Anne and David getting off in the launch to go up the river. Fenton and Hugo went for an all day hike. I was through by nine and had breakfast.

Anne came all the way back in the launch to advise me not to go to the round island to take pictures of coral as she thought as good specimens could be found nearer.

Tested the sextant for zero error in preparation for deep sea navigation.

I tried the experiment of treating some of Marian’s shells with HCl with interesting result. The dirt accumulated from the sea was removed and colors appeared not before visible.

David and Anne returned from the river, David with a whole lot of specimens, which I photographed after lunch. He was greatly impressed with the river and went up it much further than we did yesterday.

At 4 PM Ah Fook ran the small launch up the mangrove river with Anne, Marian, David, and me along. It was quite dark but I managed to land and get the tripod set up in the swamp. Exposure was 1 min at f16.

At dinner the question was discussed whether we should stay here longer. David was apprehensive about the possibility of our being discovered. Nearly everyone wanted to stay longer.

A good deal of time is spent getting war news over the radio. The best broadcasts are from Manila and Australia. The time is critical with the German Army about 70 miles from Paris.

We have heard that the Commander at Ambon, Mr. Scholten, was jailed as a Nazi sympathizer. I remember now that he did not seem depressed when Germany entered Holland. Hugo and Fenton returned. Hugo found nothing important and Fenton caught a lot of butterflies.

Harpullia specimen collected on Mandioli Island
Harpullia specimen collected on Mandioli Island, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Fruits of a Harpullia (Sapindaceae) tree
Fruits of a Harpullia (Sapindaceae) tree collected on Mandioli Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Garcinia specimen collected on Mandioli Island
Garcinia specimen collected on Mandioli Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Mangroves in the Kasiruta River
Mangroves in the Kasiruta River. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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