Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
MAY 1940
 
 
 
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AUG 1940
9

Manila, Philippines to Los Angeles, USA

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, August 9, 1940

Alexander Graham Bell, father of Marian Fairchild
Alexander Graham Bell, father of Marian Fairchild.
A complication has arisen with David about my films. The exact reason for it is not entirely clear. I have two theories, one is that I have not planned to file my films with Fairchild Tropical Garden in Florida, and the other is that I suggested that he pay the cost of materials for enlargements. Whatever it was has struck him so much on the wrong side that he is apparently ready to have nothing more to do with my films or color photos. I could hardly believe that he would take such a rigid and extreme view. He did say that he wanted me to come to Florida and assist him in giving some lectures. I am rather at a loss to know the best way to handle the matter. Marian, who is very sensitive about such things, has sensed the trouble, and it may be that I will talk with her about it. If there is going to be a split here it is certainly unfortunate after all the time and effort expended on photographs for the trip. I did not sleep well last night thinking about it.

Played shuffleboard with Gheno, beating him 53 – 20, which pleased me after his beating me at ping pong.

Did not see Marian and David all morning, but at noon Marian looked me up to come to her room and have a drink. She was very pleasant and I could see was anxious to be nice to me on account of the upset. I did not mention the subject.

In the late afternoon David sent Marian to my room to get me to come on deck and play shuffleboard. I and Mrs. ??? beat David and Mme. Regolier.

Marian was especially nice to me in the evening and we sat and talked on the rear deck about Baddeck and Garrison for sometime. She also told me about her father, Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone. David joined us later. He remarked that “when I come to Baddeck I could bring my camera to photograph the rug making there.”

 

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