Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
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Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, June 18, 1940

Fenton did most of the work in preparing breakfast with admonitions from Anne to “please stop that whistling of tunes off the key.” Fenton is fond of loud whistling and has no ear whatever.

We began developing at 8 and finished 9 more rolls, all very good, especially the photographs of specimens, in spite of some reticulation which I think is due to the hard water.

Mrs. Wilson came out and brought with her a delicious lunch which certainly seemed good after working hard all morning. After cleaning up we all drove in to Zamboanga and Anne, Fenton and I went out to the boat.

I overheard Marian start the subject with Anne of their return to the U.S. She said that she and David were both getting quite apprehensive about staying out here any longer. Anne was unresponsive and said “your plans do not interest me.”

The war news is worse every day with news now of France’s surrender to Germany.

Fenton and I returned to the Wilson house in a car, stopping for ice on the way. Anne stayed aboard. There is a dinner party tonight at Col. Smiths. Decided not to go on account of developing operations. Fenton and I prepared dinner alone, a quiet, pleasant evening with two bottles of my Pilsner beer from the boat.

Sometimes I want to continue the trip when I think of new and interesting places ahead, but I think the question will be settled by the Fairchilds whom I believe are definitely set on going back.

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