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April 11, 1926 : Makassar

April 11th

We sailed all day through the oily seas passing at noon the "Brill" light where the strongest winds in the world are recorded {p. 7} each year. There was none of it today, however. Later in the afternoon we sighted the high mountains of Celebes and at sunset, after passing picturesque outrigger boats and looking at a languid shore line of palms and native houses on piles we came to dock at Maccasor. Celebes embodies all that a tropical island should be - clear waters teeming with fish, low jungle clad coast with towering mountains rising in the background and all the color one could ask.

After docking we all went ashore, walked around the town and sat around the "Harmonie" drinking paits; later Van Leeuwen, le Roux, Hoffman, Jordans, Prince and I had dinner there. The Governor, Stan, Dick and Hans came back to the boat for dinner and later Dick went shark fishing. On our walk around town we ran into Anji Ipoei, the leader of our Dyaks. He is a fine looking man and knows the Mamberamo better than any living man, having been head man on all three of the military expeditions from 1907 up to 1922 and now will be the Dyak head man for this expedition. He reports his men all ready - they arrived here from Borneo a week ago. They will come aboard to-morrow. After dinner at the Harmonie, Hoffman, Van Leeuwen, Jordans, Prince and I went to a movie and saw the two most ancient films extant, - one an old German film with Pola Negri, the other a Doug Fairbanks effort of the days before Doug was famous. We got home about 1 A.M.

"...Anji Ipoei, the leader of our Dyaks."

When Dick stated his intention of going shark fishing Stan and Hans vowed to eat all of the sharks he caught, provided Dick would drink tea three times a day for the rest of the trip, if he failed to catch any. Dick was still fishing when we reached the ship. {p. 8}

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