I Had Decided, If Necessary, To Sacrifice Two Boxes Of Honey
Which I Had Bought At The Last Moment, Honey And Water Being My Usual
Drink When On Expeditions.
The total weight was ninety kilograms, but they
were neatly packed in paper and had been allowed to stand at one side of
the entrance to the Pullman car.
They were an important adjunct of my
outfit, but perhaps after all it would be necessary for us to part.
Immediately upon the opening of the doors the four porters presented
themselves with the encouraging information that they understood the
Imperial Limited was waiting. My luggage, including the honey, was hurried
on to a large truck, my Canadian friend throwing his on too, and speeding
the boys to a trot, we ran as fast as we could to the baggage-room of the
custom-house, where the official in charge caused us only a short delay.
As the packages were being loaded into three cabs a man stepped forward
and accosted me: "We have got you now! I am a reporter for The Star, and
would like to know who the man is that keeps the Imperial Limited
waiting!" The moment did not seem favourable for an interview, but I
invited him to enter my cab and the two or three minutes required to drive
to the station afforded opportunity for an explanation:
I was on my way to New Guinea. This was a Norwegian undertaking which had
the support of three geographical societies.
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