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

February 24th, 1901

The page for Sunday, February 24th says:

Heard 5 o'clock bell. At office 6 A.M.
Mr. C.G. Franklyn left at 9 A.M.
Weather fine - Sent letter to Susie, Kearns
and acknowledged Wm. Huston's letter.
Pompeo off today for Guascamambi Mine.
Mr. Meisner did not leave for Sajado yet.
Delayed another day.
Now, for my meditations.
Send for at 1:30 p.m - put in charge of
office. Learned how to pay out features.
Worked hard until 5 p.m. Boy is too
have charge of book for rain fall and thermometer
McKenzie in from Guascamambi, Leaves 
tomorrow for good. Thinks D.C. Stapleton
a lot much better miner than Swansborough.
It will take a month to get at a real good
clean-up. Swansborough might run a mine
in California or Colorado but not here.
Started wrong and heavy gold is lost in
the crevices. Mines will not pay big - it is
not in the earth. Had talk with Meisner
and him from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Boy and I practically alone. Strange that
I should be in at finish of P. de O.
Will again have recouse for my usual
consolation. Blessed Virgin.
Will try for a lamp and chair tomorrow.

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Questions and comments:

  • Nathaniel seems to be convinced that the mine will fail.

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