We suddenly heard a call “Cheng Ho” down the coast and knew that Hugo had turned up. He came out to meet the launch in a native prau, time 9 AM.
David and Marion were delighted to see him but at the same time irritated by the worry they had had. Hugo was all right, said he had not been lost but could not get through a mangrove swamp near the shore so spent the night sleeping on a log. David told him he could never go out again without someone with him. Probably Hugo did not tell the whole story. He looked thinner in the face, rather wet and dirty, but not at all incapacitated.
The official inspector from the town of Batjan came aboard and asked a lot of questions. He was on a tour of inspection which would take over a week so that he cannot report us to the Controlleur at the town until after we are gone. David and Marian gave him and those with him a lot of presents. He was very pleasant and will probably not cause any trouble.
Anne’s bird got out of its cage and Ah Fook caught it with a butterfly net. It died soon afterward. Anne thought it injured itself in getting out but I think she mauled it too much in catching it.
Rain most of the afternoon so I could not go out with Ted as we had planned to photograph coral gardens.
Taught Fenton and Hugo navigation in the evening.