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

February 13th, 1901

The page for Wednesday, February 13th says:

Mail Day
Arose at 7. Rained fearfully all
last night. River very high at 6 A.M.
Went to office. Did no work. Came
home cleaned house. 12:30 off to Quasamambi
to see clean-up. Saw it. Asked no
questions. McKenzie said about a 30 hrs
run. a/c of Swansborough - bad condition
Yardage nor water could be estimated.
Came home with Mr. Stapleton. He is
bilious tonight. Put in letters for mail.
J Gormley. Jno Ryan. Sister Demetria Anna.
Must not forget description of canoe trip
to the Sisters and, our houses.
Likewise Father Carroll Harry Clark
Bernard Kearns, C.F.X O'Brien.
Rather tired myself. 2 days now
to Quasamambi.
Thermometer 72° to 88° Average
at 1 oclock daily it does reach 94°
Incubator from Mrs. C.G.F to be
sent to my house to try my hand
at it. Slow going here for sure.
Truly a trial to remain here for a
year. God is good - and all will
come out OK.
Good night - so tired.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • It’s very hot (and humid) – and it’s the middle of winter.
  • It’s not even mid-February, and Nathaniel is already worrying about lasting the entire year. He arrived on January 25th – less than three weeks previously.

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