Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
19

Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, June 19, 1940

Fenton and I started developing early and established a system which worked rapidly and efficiently. I tried the tanks of rain water instead of water from the artesian well, as I found the latter was very hard and might account for the reticulation noticeable yesterday. The rain water was entirely satisfactory.

Mrs. Wilson and Anne came out to lunch but Fenton and I did not join them as we did not wish to interrupt the developing system.

We developed 18 rolls of film, which completed all of my own pictures, leaving 20 rolls of David’s still to be done.

Mr. Worcester (son of late Dean Worcester) came in about 5 and asked Fenton and I to come to his house for a drink. We drove over with him. He had a very beautiful shell collection, obtained locally.

Anne came to his house later. She told me that the Fairchilds had decided to return to the U.S. at once and that she had telegraphed Quezon in Manila to know if he still wished to buy the junk. This settled the whole question of continuing further and meant that the expedition was definitely over.

Anne, Fenton, and I returned to Mrs. Wilson’s house and had dinner. Anne gave me two letters from M.P.B. the last one dated May 25, from Garrison. M.P.B. assumed that I was returning at once.

Shells collected near Zamboanga, Philippines
Shells collected near Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed in 2008 by smallislander.
 

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