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

January 24th, 1901

The page for Thursday, January 24th says:

Spend night trying to sleep on the floor
in the Warehouse. Arise 2 or 3 times
to chase bats - imagine a horse is munch-
ing his oats - only rats chewing ivory nuts.
Well excuse me - glad morning comes.
6 a.m. leave Borbon - canoe it four
hours - arrive at Boya's house. sleep
underneath the Casa. Bed consists of
bamboo reeds - pig leaves his pen for a
reconntre - chase him away - chickens claw
at boy's feet - watch him most of the night
i.e, when not brushing away insects -
fire flies illuminate the place fairly well.
It rains most of the night. C.G.F hitting
a negro upstairs who will insist on remaining
in the room with Mrs. C.G.F. et al, negroes
all laugh at the joke - C.G.F much aroused.
Flash an electric revolver - no effect I
laugh heartily and pass 1/2 hour - musing -
I am heartily glad its near time for
preparations for another days canoeing.
Truly, we are camping in the tropics
with a vengeance. Though, the boy
sleeps well - I am happy.
Sun affected my head somewhat.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • Ecuador is the home of the Ivory Nut Palm.
  • What is an “electric revolver”?
  • Who is Boya?

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