The page for Sunday, January 20th says:
5:10 am weigh anchor arrive at Tumaco 7:10 a.m. 8 a.m. go ashore attend High Mass. Father Collins sanctifying the church - i.e, blesses it on a/c of sacrilegious music & soldiers some time ago doing things upon the high altar. Services through at 10 a.m. Return in time for breakfast. Must write description of any (good) views. Saw the town. Learn 2 miners from P. de O. left on Quito - Swansborough (only) Day is hot and little breeze. Dreaming of Sr. Teresa de Sales, and Anna. Singular all my dreams end in a crying. Tumaco a pretty spot. Another trip ashore to talk with Dr. Ogden, relative to P de O. take boy in canoe. Mrs. C.G.F's proposal - exciting - buy 2 hats Get bullets as relics from Wm Jarvis. Learn Arizala is coming back to P de O in two weeks, D.C.S wants him. Leave Harbor early to cross bar - came to another where ship was fired upon in July last. Krupf gun used - stirring times in Colombia. Arrive in Esmereldas. a.m. Monday. Drinks cost $1 Gave Nicolas $1 Feel good - church!
Questions and comments:
- There was a battle on July 21, 1900 between the insurgents (Liberals) holding the town and the government forces.
- The Liberals took control of the garrison of Tumaco (again?) in September 1901 and fired on the British steamship Quito.
- It is less than 100 miles from Tumaco to Esmeraldas.
- I don’t know who “Sr. Teresa de Sales” is.
Who is “P de O”?“P. de O” is almost certainly the “Playa De Oro Mining Company”, and Charles G. Franklyn (C.G.F. in the diary) was at one point it’s President. (Thanks, Ditto!)
- D.C.S is most likely Dean C. Stapleton, who was the Vice President and General Manager of the Playa De Oro Mining Company, and was arrested in Ecuador in 1901 for counterfeiting.
- Thomas Swansborough worked for Playa De Oro as a miner.
- All the property of the Playa De Oro Mining Company was sold at foreclosure in late 1902/early 1903. (item 1090)
- Who is Arizula?