Shell hunting is in order as soon as possible in case there should be any interference later in the day.
In view of the war news and declaration by Roosevelt that American resources would be at the disposal of the Allies, — a very unneutral position, — David brought up the subject of our return. Marian asked my opinion and I thought it a good plan to go back while the going was good. The question will come up when we reach Zamboanga. I think that Anne wants to continue and she told me she wanted to go to the Pacific Islands, especially the Marquesas.
I thought I would stay on the boat, but Marian wanted me to come ashore, probably with the idea of keeping Anne company. So I went along in the small launch. Marian and David got out at the nearest beach and I went off for the whole morning with Anne, stopping at three beaches to hunt for shells, of which we got a good many, some quite beautiful. I thought Anne would never start for home and when we did get on the boat she wanted to go right out again so I could take some pictures of the boat at this our last stop in the Dutch East Indies.
Hugo went off for the day and when he got back at about four he woke me up to take a color picture of a marvelous orange flower, also a number of other specimens.
Natives came aboard with all kinds of specimens including lizards and spiders. The natives here are pleasant and friendly but look very impoverished. They are Christians. Some of them took David to a cave today and showed him the skulls and bones of their ancestors.