The page for Monday, February 18th says:
Mail due to pass Esmeraldas going south today. Arose at 6:30 A.M. At work 7 A.M. Work until 11 A.M. Mr. Franklyn says he wants that Commissary a/c fixed up before he goes. He admits the a/cs are intricate - but supposedly right - studies them for half hour. Mr. Stapleton charged the various items for Aug-Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec to their proper a/cs. Off to Quasamambi, Angostura Canal, to get work done before laborers soon leave for Easter festivities in the interior. Certainly a bother - leaves early and a bun for his meal. Boy goes shooting - I ask what did you get - "A hungry stomach" !! Only month now out is October 1900. Earthquake shocks - 2 of them at 5:30 P.M. Only 100 miles direct line from Chimborazo Cotopaxi or Cotacachi always in eruption. In 1868 - 25000 lost their lives. Quarantine now in effect at Concepcion. Will begin another Novena. Thermometer 90° at 11 A.M. All a/c proved - i.e, 5 months Aug to Dec Silver tax rolls. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador (20,565 feet) and is an inactive volcano.
- Cotopaxi is one of the highest (19,347 feet) active volcanos in the world. Since 1738, the Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times.
- Cotacachi is a dormant volcano in Ecuador (16,200) feet.
- The quarantine probably is because of the reports of Smallpox (mentioned on Feb 16th) at La Toya.