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 Saturday, June 22, 1940

Had a fine sleep and with only 14 more rolls to do, all of David’s, we will finish today.

The ice did not arrive until about 11 when Anne and Mrs. Wilson drove up with it so that we were late in getting going. They stayed only a few moments and good Mrs. Wilson also brought us some mangoes.

The day was fine and favourable for drying films. With only a few crackers and canned cherries for lunch we were all through by 5 PM, — everything but drying, cutting and filing the films. We have developed here about 62 rolls and are now up to date with no more to do.

Hugo arrived at about 5:30 as I had asked him to stop for me since we were both going to the Worcesters to dinner.

I had an interesting talk with Mr. Worcester and he showed me a large earthenware jar that he had recovered on Mindanao which had contained a Moro skeleton and a collection of jewelry and Chinese plates etc. Date about 1450 AD. The skeleton had almost entirely disintegrated and he did not have it but the jewelry, coins and plates were perfectly preserved. I told him about the Toradja country in Celebes and he was greatly interested. He has a cruising motor boat and plans to go there if possible.

I asked Mr. Worcester whether he had told Anne that the air and steamship rates to the U.S. were not about the same, but he denied ever having discussed the subject with her.

Anne and Mrs. Wilson arrived later after a dinner party on the Cheng Ho. Anne brought her parrot “Creaky” and left it with the Worcesters. Mrs. Wilson drove me back to her house and Hugo decided to spend the night there also. We found Fenton asleep.

U.S. Army airfield in Zamboanga
U.S. Army airfield in Zamboanga. Photographed by David Fairchild.
U.S. Army airplane leaving Zamboanga with the final shipment of seeds to Miami
U.S. Army airplane leaving Zamboanga with the final shipment of seeds to Miami. Photographed by David Fairchild.
 

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