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September 20, 1926 : Explorators Camp/Tombe Village

September 20

This morning I took a walk to one of Igoon's gardens about a half mile to the east of here. It is on a steep mountain side and there is a fine view from there of the mountains on the opposite side of the Rouffaer. Cutting down the mountain side I ran into the transport coming up. It turned out to be an extra transport sent out from Head Camp before the return of the last. There were five Dyaks, 8 convicts and three soldiers; the transport was under the charge of Sergeant Cottrell. The regular transport will follow them in two or three days. Among the convicts was Shorty, who appears to have gathered some strength since his last start. The most interesting piece of news from below is that the Boromesa have broken out again and attacked the transport just below the Marine Falls, shooting one Dyak with two arrows. News from Head Camp is that Van Leeuwen is sick again. Dick and Stan will be up on the next transport which should arrive here now in two or three days. It is also possible that they will bring mail from the boat which was supposed to have arrived at Albatross Camp October 23rd. {p. 258}

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