Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
APRIL 1940
 
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JUL 1940
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Los Baños to Manila, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, July 23, 1940

There was a good deal of last minute photography before we all took the 11 AM train for Manila. Sulit had a platform built from which I would photograph the fruit of a palm in the Experimental Nursery, and I also took a number of photographs of specimens at the Bahay Kubo.

Hugo drove us to the station after stopping to say good bye to the Currans. Hugo Curran Sr. asked me as I was leaving whether I would like to return to the Philippines. I said I would, and he suggested a possible part for me in a governmental project for photographing through the islands in accordance with some plan which he intimated was under consideration. He promised to write me in the U.S.

We all had lunch at the Bay View Hotel and then went to the Am. Express where we found that the “Bloemfontein” would not sail this week and that our tickets would not be issued. David and I went to the Roosevelt Line offices and found that the probable date of sailing would be July 31 at midnight. David regretted that we had not stayed longer at Los Baños. He and I then went through the Aquarium which was moderately interesting but less so than the one at Macassar. We then went to my room at the Bay View and took a nap before he returned to the George Fairchilds.

I was quite tired out and glad to be back here for a rest.
Marian amused me yesterday as she could not restrain her curiosity any longer as to whether I was going to Tahiti with Anne. She had been asking indirect questions for several days and finally did so directly. I told her that I was not.

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