Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
APRIL 1940
 
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Manila, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, July 30, 1940

Fruit basket from Mrs. George Fairchild
Fruit basket from Mrs. George Fairchild. Photographed by David Fairchild.
M.S. Bloemfontein
M.S. Bloemfontein.
Packed up and drove to the boat with 6 pieces, leaving them locked in my stateroom. A fine clean Dutch boat, painted black and gray and with no name in evidence.

I called up Lydia and she asked me to dinner. The Fairchilds stopped for me at 5 PM and I took my remaining baggage to the boat, returning afterward to the George Fairchilds.

Blanquita called me up then to ask some photographic questions, although she was coming to dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wolff, the whole George Fairchild family, David and Marian, and Blanquita were at dinner, served on the porch at little tables as usual. I sat next to Lydia and she made me rather angry by making a remark doubting the truth of my treasure hunting story. After telling her that Kilkenny had confirmed everything I said when he came out one day, I changed my seat and talked to some of the others. How she got started on the idea that I was a fabricator is beyond me.

Lydia later got up, came to me, and led me to a table where there was a beautiful basket of fruit for me to take to the steamer, David and Marian having a similar one. It certainly took me by surprise. Around 11 PM most of them drove to the steamer in 2 cars. They were not allowed on board but said good bye at the gang plank. I kissed “sister” goodbye and Lydia kissed me twice. Only shook hands with Blanquita but promised to write her about photography.

A we were going up the gang plank David turned round and in a loud voice so they could all hear, said to me “you must write to her (meaning Lydia), I have spoken about that before.” I was amused and really pleased although I thought David’s manner dictatorial.

Marian, David and I sat on deck until the boat started. There were very comfortable steamer chairs and we had a pleasant, friendly time. David and Marian think very highly of the George Fairchild family and I think they consider me rather unappreciative. However, the George Fairchilds, I have noticed, are on their good behavior with Marian and David, while I have seen them and heard them under other circumstances.

The boat started at about 12:30 and I bet Marian a bottle of beer that we went through the islands instead of around them.

Turned in at 1 in my fine clean single stateroom with a private bath almost as big as the room. Cost $446.00.

 

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