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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, May 23, 1940

Hugo Curran returning to the Cheng Ho after spending the night in a mangrove forest
Hugo Curran returning to the Cheng Ho after spending the night in a mangrove forest. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
The night was clear and fine. When Hugo had not returned by 7:30 AM David, Marian, Fenton and I started in the launch to organize a search. We went to a nearby group of native houses and got 4 men, then to the place where Hugo had landed and started them off with Fenton. David had food and first aid kit on the launch. He was evidently tremendously concerned and started off himself for the woods calling “Hugo”. I advised waiting before organizing a larger search party as it seemed likely that Hugo would turn up. Marian and David were both greatly worried, the latter most so. Marian had just advised David to consult me about a larger searching party. I thought it would be necessary eventually, but advised giving Hugo more time.

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.

 

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