The page for Tuesday, January 22nd says:
Sailing from Esmereldas to Limones - arrive about 8 p.m. Mr Schoeman's longest trip - usually done in 8 hours. It takes about 16 hours Still Mr. CGF says we are beating the record time for the ?up? trip. Limones - plenty of lemons. strange cont- trast - one lemon tree of the Islay - while oysters plenty. grow in toots of brush on the shores. Saw Cayapas Indian in Canoe. Gettiung ready to land. Mr Schoeman to arrange for us. Hot - no shade anywhere. Whew talk of burning. Nattie says - It takes the courage of a bull and the heart of an ox to stand out little discouragements. Says Ralph Welsh will not have a Papa to kiss either. Go to try and sleep on a chair at angle of 42 1/2 degrees - niggers - where Buy 2 paraguays at Limones 10 Sucres in xxx no ranchero for protecting us from "Sun" Charge Company $5 (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- Liomones is an inland city in Ecuador, but it is on the Rio Cayapas, so it can be reached by boat. The Caypas Indians live on the Caypas river.
- Nattie is almost certainly Nathaniel’s son, Nathaniel Jr., who as been referred to before as “boy” or “the boy”.
- The Sucre was the unit of currency of Ecuador, and was defined in 1898 as 732.224 mg fine gold (2 british shillings).
- I don’t know who Ralph Welsh was.
- I don’t know what the second word in the second to last (ante-penultimate!) line is.