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January 13, 2010

March 30, 31 & April 1, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Sunday, March 30, 1930 One the Atlantic Steamship Phrygie I went to sleep last night listening to the loading of the Banaros. The Phrygia left Los Palmas shortly before mid-night. There must have been a storm at sea for the ocean was very rough when we awoke at 11:30 p.m. thinking it was nearly morning. Richard was up as usual but I had my coffee [and] milk served in [our] cabin and dressed just in time for lunch at 11:00 a.m. Did not feel at all well this morning and was blue

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March 27, 28 & 29, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Thursday, March 27, 1930 On board the Phrygie on the Atlantic Ocean 7:00 a. m. The first breakfast bell; I was already up dressing. Took all the time I wanted this morning. 8:15 a. m. Coffee, mild, bread butter, honey and apple jelly. Richard walked on deck and visited all parts of the ship while I wrote letters—one to Mother and Olive Mathhias. 11:00 a. m. At lunch, which was very good, I almost forgot that part of it was French. Rested after lunch, then read until time for dinner. ——————————- Friday,

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March 25 & 26, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Tuesday, March 25 Dakar, Senegal Africa 8:15 a.m. Breakfast of coffee with French bread & butter. Walked to the American Consulate after coffee and waited an hour but Mr. Boyle did not come. We talked to his chief clerk about getting our trunks. They export yearly half a million tons of peanuts. I have never seen such piles of peanuts as there are around the docks. Piled right out in the open. “What if it should rain?” 12:00 noon. Big breakfast was a very poor one except a baked egg. Wrote notes

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March 23 & 24, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Sunday, March 23, 1930 On the train 7:00 a.m. Before we were fully dressed the train stopped at Thies. There were two other men in our compartment besides my husband, but I slept just the same. These African sleepers are anything but private. Pajamas are the style! [The] two men wore theirs all day yesterday. 11:00 a.m. Arrived in Dakar and found our reservation at the Majestic Hotel waiting for us. The porter met us at the train waving a scrap of paper with Forrest [written] on it. The Madonna [their ship]

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March 21 & 22, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Friday, March 21, 1930 Baruako, French Sudan The net on our bed was not large enough so we did not rest very well, up at 7:30 a.m. 8:30 Mr. Luce came and took us for a drive in the station wagon to see the sights of the capitol of Sudan. We visited the hospital, Gov. mansion, zoo and large public market. 1000 white population. It is a great city. Had lunch and rested then Mr. Luce came again at 2:00 p.m. and helped us pay the hotel bill and secure our section

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March 18, 19 & 20, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Tuesday March 18, 1930 Bobo-dioulassa Haute-Volta, Africa Put Dad’s arm in hot water again and it seems a little better; he can use the shoulder wrist and fingers freely but not the elbow without pain. All packed ready to start again. This is wonderful to have roast venison for dinner which Dad the mighty “Nimrod” killed. 3:00 P.M. Left Bobo-dioulassa. Took pictures of road building, caravans of cotton carries, and cotton market. Saw some more red monkeys. Reached Sikasso 6:30 P.M. The city is surrounded by a nation built wall, now crumbling,

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March 16 & 17, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Sunday, March 16, 1930 Bouake, Ivory Coast No room in the hotel. The men slept on the porch and I was to put my road bed in the bathroom. Mr. Frelingh called on two Englishmen and they offered us a bed. They work for an English firm called Woodius, Mr. Ezekiel and Mr. Turner were so kind to us. We bought some gas and oil from them. 4:30 a.m. Up and dressed ready to go. 5:30 a.m. Coffee at the hotel. Richard drove the station wagon and Gus drove his car. Stopped

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March 14 & 15, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Friday, March 14, 1930 Abidjan, Ivory Coast Up and dressed by 8:00 a. m. Coffee, bread, and oranges in oranges in our rooms. Mr. Platt still has not come. Richard is nervous and restless. He does not like to wait and still it is so important to see Mr. Platt. [I] wrote a letter to be sent to all Bible Classes. 12: 30 p.m. Lunch. Immediately after Mr. Freleigh, Mr. Geo. Powell, and Richard drove to Grand Bassam to buy our tickets on the Madouna and reserve a cabin. They have returned

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March 12 & 13, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Wednesday, March 12, 1930 4:00 a.m. called – Breakfast and prayers over started 6:00 a.m. from Divo. 7:30 a.m. we reached Tiassale – 35 miles. Reached Abidjan 11:45 a.m. and had dinner at the Hotel de Commerce. [We were] granted an audience with the governor at 4:00 p.m. It was very successful. Mr. J.I. Birkey remained with me at the hotel while the other four gentlemen had two interviews with the governor and Wesleyan Missionary. The last named was not so satisfactory. They do not like our program for the Ivory Coast.

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March 10 & 11, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Monday, March 10, 1930 On the way to the Ivory Coast. Did not sleep very well the tea last night was too strong. 7:35 a.m. Broke camp after a good breakfast, and drove until 1:30 to reach Touba. Rested in another native Caravansery until 4:30 p.m. Had dinner and a good sleep. Now we are breaking camp in a hurry and will drive until late tonight. Reached Seguela 9:00 p.m. and drove right into a garage at Caravansery. The station wagon driven by Mr. Freilegh with our road beds and baggage did

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April 20, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Sunday April 20, 1930 Easter — Jerusalem Awake at daylight on this most important day of our

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April 19, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Saturday, April 19, 1930 Jerusalem We both dressed for breakfast this morning but I rested and straightened

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April 17 & 18, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Thursday, April 17, 1930 Madaba, Transjordan 5:00 a. m. Editor’s note: Notice that Mrs. Forrest writes, “the

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April 16, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Wednesday, April 16, 1930 Arrived in Jerusalem 10:30 a.m. On the train—speeding through Palestine. What a night

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April 12, 13, 14 & 15, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Saturday, April 12, 1930 Mediterranean Sea S. S. Champollion 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in cabin. Dad slept so

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April 10 & 11, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine Thursday, April 10 Mediterranean Sea Champollion 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in our cabin. This is certainly restful not

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