The page for Thursday, February 7th says:
Arose and left Mrs. Franklyn's home at 6:30 A.M. Did not sleep well. Worried some at "boy" being alone. At work at 8:30 A.M. Good progress with a/cs today. Mr. Stapleton returned from Papago Grande - Left there 7 A.M. Arrived here at 3:30 P.M - 8 1/2 hours walk. Saw McKenzie - showed me a nice nugget picked outside and under- neath sluice boxes- after clean-up. He turned them over to Mr. Stapleton. Mr. Stapleton also showed me the nugget. McKenzie will not remain over a mont. Mr. Stapleton advised by me. McKenzie the only miner on the property - whew! If he goes. Nothing to do but a waiting game. Stapleton certainly has great dis- advantages to surmount. Stapleton to go to Guayaquil soon so natives told McKenzie. Franklyns leave in about at fortnight. Meisner still talking. No rain. Boy took bullets from Mr. Stapleton's for his revolver. I must pay for them in the future - 100 - plenty left. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- There’s a inconsistency here – yesterday’s entry mentioned staying in Mr. Stapleton’s house; this morning it is in Mrs. Franklyn’s house.
- More signs of business troubles.
- Interesting (to modern eyes) causes of worry about Nathaniel Jr (age 15). It’s a problem for him to be alone overnight, but providing armed backup in a fight (a few days ago) is ok.
- Quayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador, and is about 200 miles south of the mines.