The page for Monday, February 25th says:
H will take 400 ft of lumber weekly at Gnas. S/50 cost of a bamboo house by natives Av., more. Enough said. At work at 5:40 A.M. Boy comes along at 6:15 AM. Busy all day posting up laborers a/c since Feby 20 Pay out features - interesting at first. Luckily the Franklyns get a canoe. None to be had. Feat the sicknesses below Concepcion. McKenzie waiting for a canoe to leave. Hard at it all day - Trying too. My tin box in my safe in office. Mr. McKenzie comes to my house talks 1 hr about Chimborazo country. Pay laborers 5c a day peons all slaves - when a child is born a $5 mort- gage is placed upon it. Shear the Llama - women spin and continue house work - men weave - charge 30x for a skin box 6x3 feet. Ecuador law permits one to throw 20c in their houses and me pick it up then it is their money for touching it - so they come to work for you or you can jail them. McK goes to the head waters of the Amazon across The cordilleras at the main divide to the indians Does not think much of the P de O water supply. 600 inches in all at low water - 3000 away off Guascamambi started bad - did not want any of it.
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Questions and comments:
- A cordillera is an extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, that runs along a coastline (e.g. the Andes). It comes from the Spanish word cordilla, which is a diminutive of cuerda, or “cord”.
- Concepcion is downriver from Playa de Oro.
- Chimborazo is an inactive stratovolcano, and the highest summit in Ecuador. Its last eruption is thought to have occurred some time in the first millennium AD. Its summit is generally regarded as the spot on the surface farthest from the centre of the Earth.