Mengs Short of Food on Palmyra

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Mengs Short of Food on Palmyra


Describes the daily life and trials of a couple and single man living on Palmyra, working to establish a copra plantation. Includes various details about visiting ships, living conditions, and a letter from Mrs. Meng to a friend.


The Garden Island Newspaper




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Having found the three human inhabitants of Palmyra island with food supplies virtually exhausted, their few remaining articles of clothing in tatters and all shoes long past the point of usefulness, the U.S.S. Eagle 40 which left Pearl Harbor early last week bound for the island, returned to port at 3 o'clock this morning.

On board as a passenger was Mrs. William Meng, wife of Col. Meng who since last November has been assisting her husband and Edward Benner in their endeavor to start a copra plantation there. For about two weeks prior to the unexpected arrival of the Eagle boat Mrs. Meng had not been in good health and availed herself of this opportunity of coming to Honolulu for medical aid.


So far as was known here, no large food supplies had been received by them since the visit of the U.S.S. naval collier Nero last April. At that time it was thought the sampan which the company was building would soon be ready for the voyage. The hull, the largest of the sampan variety in the islands, has been ready for some time but the Diesel engine which is to form her motive power became lost en route from the factory to the Pacific Coast and had not been received. When the sampan is cone in commission it will make regular trips carrying supplies of various kinds to the island and returning with copra and fruit.

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