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

February 26th, 1901

The page for Tuesday, February 26th says:

Arrived at office 5:40 A.M.
Busy on a/cs. Will try to bring out
a trial balance for August last.
Learning the ropes - men try all tricks
to save being charged with tools, etc.
Mr. Stapleton arranged Mr. McKenzie's
draft - my figures show him to be
underpaid $2.50. But he is the Manager.
We we all 3 are satisfied. Trivial too.
McKenzie goes in morning - paddles
himself down in Mr. Stapleton's canoe.
Invited me to his house. Thinks Franklyn
river water for North size workings too
costly - especially planks. Only been up
to the Sapago Canal though - $200,000 or more.
Boy and I play pinochle - 1 game.
Lamp makes house cheerful. Thinking
of Anna much today.
No canoes up. Carpenters off to Sajado.
Say prayers and to bed.
Rain again today. Office tedious.
11 hours of it daily.
Company has a hard name up and
down the coast.
Told Mr. Stapleton about bullets to-day.

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

Questions and comments:

  • “Company has a hard name” – I don’t know how to interpret that.

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