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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, July 31, 1940

There were no restrictions about opening windows and the state room was cool and airy. Our fellow passengers do not look very prepossessing so far. The Hamel family from Ambon are on board.

We learned this morning that the chef, the butcher and one other, did not return to the boat at Manila and were left behind. Perhaps this is one reason that the food is not very good.

David wrote a letter to Mrs. George Fairchild and had a good deal to say about my not writing to Baby Fairchild. He was somewhat over insistent about it.

In the evening a Hollander introduced himself to me and later told us how he had left Holland in May as the Germans invasion was going on. His story was quite dramatic. He, his wife and two children left their home and managed to get on a boat to Batavia while the Dutch cities and towns were being bombed and destroyed. He had with him enough money with which to get to America and try to start again. He was in insurance and had left a good job in Holland.

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