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

February 16th, 1901

The page for Saturday, February 16th says:

Arose at 6 am. At work in
office 6:40 A.M. Think of doing office
work until 11 a.m. Cup of tea
for breakfast. Plugged along.
C.G. Franklyn aided me 1/2 hour.
Made good success at my books
Thermometer 92° in the shade.
Work 12:40 until 5 p.m. on books
Heavy rain at 4:30 p.m.
Learn of small-pox at La Tola.
Concepcion returns 2 of our canoes.
Nothing expected for 2 weeks.
Talked much about Gerald Staple-
ton after supper.
D.C. Stapleton very fond of him.
Boy did nothing to-day.
If provisions do not come?
We are growing short too.
Thinking much of Anna to-day.
Mail arr next Thursday.
8:30 p.m. prayers and to bed.
D.C.S terms same salary as R.F. Lord.
Deserving of more; for work ac-
complished. Willing to xx with Bondholders.
No other man would have had
staying power for 3 1/2 years.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • I don’t know what the (short) word before “Bondholders” is.
  • Russell Farham Lord (R.F. Lord) was the original engineer at the Playa De Oro mines. He was there from 1892-1897, leaving due to poor health. He died in 1899.
  • Who is Gerald Stapleton – and is he related to Daniel (D.C) Stapleton?
  • [Aug 21] Corrected name to “La Toya”, a town on the coast.

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