"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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November 5, 1926 : Explorators Camp/Tombe Village

November 5

Today Igoon killed a big pig as a farewell gift. There was quite a ceremony about it. A big transport came up today - much to our surprise in charge of Lieutenant Korteman. Our Dyak with the blackwater fever is still pretty sick, but we will all go back as soon as possible. Dick, Stan and I, with le Roux, will go back tomorrow and Jordans will follow as soon as Saleh comes back from his top. The expedition will leave {p. 302} Albatross Camp December 3, 10 days sooner than expected. The Albatross and the Swallow will both leave on that date so we won't have much more than time enough to get back to the Mamberamo. This transport was again attacked by the Papuans near River "A" and several Papuans were killed. The last three transports have all been attacked so it seems to be regular routine now.

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