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

February 7th, 1901

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.

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