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

February 25th, 1901

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.

(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 
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.
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