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July 2, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

July 2nd

The river is still rising, and new work has to be done on the staging and approaches of our two bath houses each morning. This morning was featured by a rain that lasted most of the morning. This afternoon the canoe transport returned from Batavia camp after a difficult trip owing to the high water. They brought a letter from Hans who reports that the plane is in a precarious position owing to the high water and he fears that it will not be of any further use unless it becomes possible to use wheels on it. At the present time this does not look a likely possibility either. If the water should drop to its former level, I think there will be sand bars along the Rouffar suitable for using wheels. Posthumous is in bed with fever contracted on the Rouffar. {p. 141}

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