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

February 19th, 1901

The page for Tuesday, February 19th says:

Arose at 6:30 A.M. At work 7 A.M. until
breakfast 11 A.M. C.G. Franklyn and
Mr. Stapleton poring at a/cs.
20 cases of small-pox at La Tola.
Singularly enough I spat blood 3 times
this morning - 1st time in my memory.
Wondering if it is a pulmonary sign?
Work on books until 5 p.m.
More daylight on books.
Mr. Franklyn at work taking off
a/cs as they appear on books here, so
they can be properly arranged when
he gets back to New York.
A beautiful evening - like an Autumn
night at home - rather indian summer.
Boy did no work today.
Will put him at school again when
I return to San Diego, California.
River normal - no rain - no cargo.
Temperature 80°
Talk with Mr. Stapleton. Says C.G.F will not
give up idea of N.Y. Office to a London one.
People leave wives and husbands very
readily here - simply say good bye and end
Meditate on evening Ash Wednesday.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. In 1901, it fell on February 20th.
  • “Return to San Diego” – I was not aware that Nathaniel had ever been to San Diego. He lived there from 1902 onwards, but before going to Ecuador?
  • [Aug 21] Fixed name of town to “La Tola”

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