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

February 14th, 1901

The page for Thursday, February 14th says:

Mail only leaves today.

Arose at 7 am. At office at 8 A.M.
Proving up a/cs - only Aug & Nov out.
Worked hard all day. Felt a little
blue. In the afternoon, Mr. C.G Franklyn
busy at books. Did not comprehend
system of book-keeping. Mr. Stapleton
said he was not fine haired enough
to understand the various ways N.Y.
men kept books. Arizala the only man
who had suited him. Mr Franklyn
gave me much information in books.
I see more daylight now ahead.
Mail day too. Boy is happy.
With the grace of God, I am trying
hard to succeed at my position
and my prayer is for perseverance.
Don't forget to write Sister Lydia.
At office until 8:20 p.m.  Mail
leaves at last.
Pompeo and I wrap it up.
Boy walks to Playa de Oro then a
canoe to La Jala - then a walk to
Esmeraldas - 2 day walk.
Rain 1 1/2 inches.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • “Sister Lydia” is the name that Ottilie Lauterbach took when entering a Catholic Convent in 1888. She is the older sister of Anna Lauterbach, who Nathaniel will marry in November of 1901.
  • In the rest of the diary, “Boy” or “The boy” refers to his son, Nathaniel Jr. Nathaniel Sr. has expressed worry about Jr. spending the night alone, but in this entry he appears to be going off on a 2 day trip – w/o his father.
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Comments on: "February 14th, 1901" (1)

  1. It may be in this case that “boy” refers to Pompeo rather than Nathaniel Jr.

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