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

January 28th, 1901

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)
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