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Monday, October 27, 1913

Cable from Fairbanks: "Steamer Preussen Suez-Hamburg with your shipment reported on fire review insurance." From Boston date October 25, 1913, 5 p.m.
Immediately sent a note to Congdon asking him to make inquiries "Have received following telegram: '(as above)'. This is from Boston. "Have you any news? The insurance policies are here." What does "review insurance" mean? If necessary to get news telegraph Hamburg. Please reply at once by bearer and I will send in another messenger to get any later message."
After lunch, being unable to work owing to anxiety, I took policies and went in to see Congdon. On his advice, as the policies refer to Lloyd's Agent, Boston for damages, I mailed both to Fairbanks registered mail. I cabled Fairbanks: "Policies 4650 pounds in post." Congdon had already telegraphed the agent in Suez asking for news and bidding him telegraph Hamburg. The Pr[e]ussen left Suez on September 13 and it seems remarkable that she should not have arrived at Hamburg before October 25.
There was no reply from Suez up to closing time.
Bates in Alexandria coming here on Wednesday. Saw Bolland at Club. He promised to get instructions from Drummond regarding shipment of Sudan boxes to Khartoum.

Tuesday, October 28, 1913

Day passed without any news of shipment. Mr. and Mrs. Bates arrived and went in camp with us.

Work on G 4140.

Wednesday, October 29, 1913

News from Hamburg. Shipment ninety-six boxes soaked in salt water. Leaving sixty damaged. Exchange of telegrams with Boston-Hamburg. No information as to where the boxes are.

Work in G 4140.

October 30

In G 4140, in debris beside stone about 80 cm below top a white reserve head a male [ILLUSTRATION]. The stela is that of a female. Fragments of two skeletons were found one female; the other probably male. The stone block has two holes in the top for lifting the block or lowering it.

Ordered boxes sent on unopened to Boston.

I told the men to look out for another white head in G 4140 A.

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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    10/27/1913; 10/28/1913; 10/29/1913; 10/30/1913
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Dr. Fairbanks
    Mr. Bolland
    Mr. Congdon
    Mrs. Oric Bates
    Oric Bates
    P. Drummond

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 4140

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 7

Modern People

  • Dr. Fairbanks

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mr. Bolland

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Reisner saw Bolland at the Club in 1913; he promised to get instructions from Drummond about shipment of Sudan boxes to Kharatoum.
  • Mr. Congdon

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mrs. Oric Bates

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Wife of Oric Bates
  • Oric Bates

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • P. Drummond

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Acting director of antiquities in the Sudan