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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, August 4, 1940

Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands
Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands. Photographed in 1990 by Dick Moore, U.S. Geological Survey.
Some of the Northern Mariana Islands were in sight when I got up, barren looking and rather mountainous. They are owned by Japan and were formerly German.

Marian, David and I talked with the Captain and showed him some maps of the Philippines and Dutch East Indies. He said that the steamer sometimes went from Manila through the islands on her way to Los Angeles and sometimes around the north end of Luzon. He said one way was as good as the other.

I asked Marian to play shuffleboard but she would not do so, probably afraid of getting beaten. She always makes games a very personal matter. I played David and won, then Mrs. Whittaker and won by a narrow margin.

I am reading “The Grapes of Wrath” from the steamer library, one of the most interesting books I had read for a long time. In the evening Marian got me to tell about Alaska to Mrs. Whittaker.

David, Marian and I have a table with one more, a Miss A.E. Rigollier. She has some sort of business in Manila, probably a beauty shop or women’s clothes.

 

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