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July 14, 1926 : Mamberamo River

July 14th

After spending a quiet and rainless night, we again left camp at daylight and continued up the river. There are many things of interest to see along the way. The vegetation along the river bank has lots of color, there are flowers and {p. 152} brilliant butterflies, birds, big lizards and plenty of interesting life. The work of hauling the canoes never loses its interest, the Dyaks never being at a loss as to how to tackle any particularly difficult situation. Early in the afternoon we made camp on a high flat point and had barely gotten the covers over our shelters when it began to rain heavily. It was too wet to travel around so we went to bed early.

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