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 it. 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”