The page for Monday, January 28th says:
Mail left today. Hard to secure canoe Arose at 5 a.m. went to office See men go to work 6 a.m. Work in office till 9 a.ma. Off for Boqueron Mine - Wrote Anna. Mr Stapleton to meet me a Sajado Mine at 1 oclock. Reach Boqueron 9:40 See Mackenkzie working on 8 inch motor Cue occurred during early morn - 4 men just escaped with their lives. Not of importance enough to mention to DCS - 14 men hauling timbers for a re-setting of a giant in another place. Take break- fast with him - Shows me sluice boxes 35 of them - under-current or grizzly - walk thro' Boqueron Tunnel - Sends a boy along with me to Sajado Mine - 1 hr 10 min walk. Wait and returm with D.C.S. and C.J.F - stop again at Boqueron - possibly turn on waiter tonight. Slide busted 2 head lights. Mine out of grade. Clean-up in a couple of days. Distance of 5 or 6 miles walked by me. Boots too large - feed in bad condition. Mrs. C.G.F. gives me an excellent cup of tea on my return at 5 p.m. Wash up and supper. Now 8 p.m. and ready for bed Rain and river Santiago high xxxxxx made a cake - 14 years of age today. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- “Cue occurred” is probably not right – but I’m not sure what the correct transcription is.
- There is a “Rio Boqueron” in Ecuador, but it is in the southern part of the country.
- There’s a smudge on the bottom left corner of the page, obscuring a couple of words.
- I don’t know whose birthday it is – it would be logical to think of “the boy”, Nathaniel McHorney Jr., but his birthday is in May, and he will be 16 then.
- I was unable to find any reference to the Sajado (or Dajado) mine, nor the Boqueron mine (or Tunnel)