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

January 26th, 1901

The page for Saturday, January 26th says:

Arise at ringing of bell (triangle)
5:30 A.M. Boy busy all morning
arranging our apartments. Talk
with Ed Mersner, pipe-maker - says
nothing to eat for weeks past. laborers
had an uprising several days ago -
lack of money. cheered him along. his
men had not seen a sucre in months.
Store has plenty corn starch, baking powder,
and pipes. Strange assortment of food, etc.
Much is expected now that Director C.G.F.
is here. Men & women busy buying beef & pork
tho' the new duty has increased all cargo
23% - poor, poor devils of laborers. 50c
a lb for been & pork.
Had a chat with Mr. D.C.S. Sun is shining.
Total cost of my expenses say $25 - gold.
Look over the blacksmith shop.
Give a $5 gold piece to D.C. Stapleton.
Said my stations in the Crucifix given
to me by Fr. Bertrand Monastery
Had a most miserable night for sleep.

(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • I couldn’t find any references to a “Bertrand Monastery” and too many references w/o the quotes.
  • I’m pretty sure that Nathaniel wrote “Ed Mersner”, but there are lots of references online to “Ed Meisner”, but I haven’t found any that I can say for sure “that’s him”
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