The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

January 22nd, 1901

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.
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