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

February 2nd, 1901

The page for Saturday, February 2nd says:

Arose 6:50 A.M. Sun shining. Beautiful Saturday
grey clouds like an autumnal evening.
Men at work. Looking at pipe line. somehow
don't feel any confidence in the erXXXX. Sorry
for D.C.S. 3 yrs hard, hard labor.
Accounts coming out OK. Worked
hard 7:30 to 11 A.M. 11:30 A.M. till 4:30 p.m.
D.C.S. running "Barrows" an ugly
6 ft 2" Jamaican weighing 190 lbs, off
the property. Excitement - policeman's club
used - as he passes my house stops for 
a large stick to hit Mr. Stapleton. Boy in
the house with revolver ready for use.
Afterwards, Mr. Stapleton gets his gun
and watches his man. Thank God, no
shooting. This negro a bad lot. Tonight
both shot-gun and revolver ready for use.
Mr. Stapleton nervy. Told C.G.F "He says ;
I wonder what for". Terrible lightening 
& thunder today. Rain gauge 2 1/4 inches.
Gerald had to drive off this same negro.
The Baleer in a disagreeable mood. Read
too late. It's their way of showing their teeth
when no plata (money) comes. Boy & I
said prayers for Candlemas Day with out
Blessed candle lit. Good night.
A XXXXX is going on for the feast.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

 

Questions and comments:

  • Could the word in the 5th line be “entire”? That’s what it looks like, but it doesn’t make sense.
  • I have no idea what the word in the last line is.
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