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June 26, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

June 26th

Today has been a rainy day - more so than usual. At about 3 o'clock this afternoon Anji Ipoei returned with the canoe transport. They had hurried at top speed on the trip up because Prince had said the plane was in danger due to the rapidly rising water. On arriving at Batavia camp they found the plane was still safe, so Anji and his men returned yesterday as far as Bandoeng {*} camp in order to escape the mosquitoes. There {p. 138} Anji shot a particularly fine paradise bird which he exhibited today. This evening Anji paid us a long visit and we talked of Borneo, America, astronomy, geography and politics. Anji never tires of hearing of the marvels of America.

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