Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
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Arangkaa, Talaud Islands, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, June 12, 1940

The District official came aboard at 7 A.M. He could speak only Malay. He was friendly and satisfied with our papers, but worried for fear that we might be Japanese in disguise. He said there were many shells here, and that there were two rivers, neither of which was navigable. Ted gave him and the young man with him, each a bottle of perfume, a bottle of hair oil and some medicine. He then asked for some whiskey but was refused.

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.

Sterculia specimen collected on Karakelong, Talaud Islands, Indonesia
Sterculia specimen collected on Karakelong, Talaud Islands, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pinanga inflorescence collected on Karakelong Island
Pinanga inflorescence collected on Karakelong Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Mucuna specimen collected on Karakelong Island
Mucuna specimen collected on Karakelong Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 
Burial site in a cave on Karakelong Island
Burial site in a cave on Karakelong Island . Photographed by David Fairchild.
 

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