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A SUMMARY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF F. R. CRUMBIE, JR.
IN HAITI AND HIS READING CONCERNIb IT
The summary was included, in carbon copy form, with a carbon
copy of a letter to Selden Rodman, written from Dingman's Ferry,
Pennsylvania, December 23, 1954.
Nine trips to Haiti between years 1922-42. (1922 was merely a
crossing of border to Anse a Pitre. 1942 was a few days stop-over
when subs "chased" %p our ship into P.*au- Pee.)
1926-27. Customs Inspector at Port and at Cape. Worked under
Dr. Cumberland. (Believe he is the Cumberland whom you mention on
page 53. Anyhow, there is a similar amusing tale about him.)
1929-30. Customs-Revenue Collector at Jeremie (13 mos). While
there, and before road was built, several of us rode horseback and
walked from Jeremie to Camp Perrin. Your page 126. I twice visit-
ed Tiburon. Garde Officers (Americans) inspected it every Month.
(In this respect, as in so many others, I think Mr. Cave is off base.)
1930-31 Customs-Revenue Collector at Cape. Visited Citadel
many times--also small "Moated" fort beyond it. Visited forts across
the bay at Fort Liberte--among the most interesting in Haiti. One
still bears, or did, a legible motto in Latin. Covered much of shore
line from Cape to border---trying to break up smuggling.
1932 Visited Haiti and La Gonave with Fsustin Wirkus
1936-37. Traveled in Haiti with photographer-writer Phil Hiss
(Netherlands America, Ball etc.) He and I climbed to summit of Morne
La Selle, photographed some of the caves at Dondon etc. He took
quite a few hundred photos-I have a hundred or so of them.
1938 Two trips to Haiti and La Gonave. Entered many caves on the
mainland and on La Gonave. (Dr. Heye had had a man working Ile a
Vache. I do not think it easy to find good Indian Material in Haiti
or its islands.)
Among those who traveled widely in Haiti---often on foot to
"unknown" places. Dr. Barker,S.dtH. Dr. Ekman (Botanizing in Haiti).
A scientist, whose name I have forgotten, walked from Port to Jeremie.
He died in Jeremie of maleria and the effects of being stoned by
peasants. Then there were Engineers Knapp, Powell and others :ho did
road locating etc. In my opinion, there are very very few places in
Haiti which have not been visited by white men. (I used to carry the
Govt. pay roll to many out-of-the-way spots including the "Town the
Zombies Built". I did not know they had until I read Mr. Cave.)
I have read some four hundred books on Halti---have at least one
hundred, and a like number of magazines, reports etc. Also, have 8
scrapbooks of clips etc. And too, some Indian material, Voodoo
objects and such.
Hope the above will show why I am so much interested in Haiti,
and why I am inclined to judge critically books about that fair land.
(Total of more than 3J years in Haiti)