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The room looked out over the Hudson River to the Palisades in New Jersey and beneath it was Riverside Drive and the tracks of the New York Central freight lines. On his return, he discovered that there was some competition for this room. A Miss Florence Page, a friend of the Galloways who had formerly rented the room, now wanted it back. Lee, however, liked the room and, having paid rent on it for the months he was away, did not want to give it up. So Florence took another room, closer to Columbia University, where she was attending poetry and story writing classes.
The person Lee liked best was Toshio Aseada, a Japanese-American employed by Crocker as a photographer on all his trips. Having photographed nearly the entire Pacific Ocean, Toshio and [his] wife were interned for four years during the war. No one could have been more loyal, but they seem not to be bitter about it. Toshio could do essentially anything useful to a museum. He collected material for several Whitney Hall groups and it was excellent. When we saw them last, Toshio, long past retirement age, was indispensable at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Possibly because of his extensive experience with hunting and taxidermy, he was given responsibility for collecting the animals, plants, and other materials needed for the exhibit foreground. He hunted specimens, prepared skins, and took measurements that would be needed for the group construction. Although tasks such as skinning walrus and brown bears in the Arctic were not always pleasant, Jaques used these opportunities to study and draw whatever he was working on. Some of his most charming and exacting studies are of tropical plants from Panama and rock formations from the Peruvian coast.