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June 4, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

June 4th

Hans and Prince have been putting in a new floor to the plane, the old one having been warped by the sun. Tomorrow, according to plans, Hans is going to start freighting food across the rapids and the Van Rees mountains to Batavia Camp. Yesterday a cow was slaughtered and today we had the luxury of a fresh beefsteak. As if that were not enough, the baker began to function also and we had in addition to our steak, five small loaves of bread. Last night Dick developed my 30 pictures taken at Bisano. They all came out very well, for which I am thankful as the subject matter was most interesting and there will probably never be a chance to duplicate them.

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