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June 29, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

June 29th

"Dick is busy making a model aeroplane..."

Another quiet day. The Dyak canoe transport left early this morning for Batavia camp. Ipoei had chills and fever during the night and did not go with them. Dr. Hoffman reports that whereas previously most of the malaria was among the convicts now most of the new cases are Dyaks and Ambonese soldiers. The river is still rising. Dick is busy making a model aeroplane which has excited a lot of interest among the Dyaks who are left here and the Malay convicts. Dick told Anji he would bring him to Batavia camp in it and I think Anji believes it.

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