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

February 27th, 1901

The page for Wednesday, February 27th says:

At office 6:10 A.M.
Work at books - Probably balance Aug a/cs
tomorrow. Distance Esmeraldas to La Tola
50 miles. La Tola to Playa Rica 50 miles.
David Robinson on our property eats ashes.
Indians of Venezuela eat a blue clay on a/c
of its siXXtness - so says Mr. McKenzie, on
the Orinoco river. Clay only to be had there
McKenzie in house for 1/2 hour. Says
Quasamambi will last 18 months night &
day washing. Sajado mine for 3 years.
Mr. D.C.S. will only wash clear water when
he attempts it at Quasamambi. No rocks will
roll - that takes experience to do that part.
Started another Novena.
Kept this. Ember Day.
Boy happy and much comfort to me.

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

Questions and comments:

  • I don’t know what the word describing the mud is.
  • I finally understand – I have been reading “La Jola”, when Nathaniel was writing “La Tola”.  La Tola is a town on the Pacific coast of Ecuador. It is at the mouth of the river that Playa de Oro is on. [ Corrected posts for Feb 16/18/19th ]
  • Heading upstream from La Toya you pass through Borbon, Concepcion, Playa de Oro and then Playa Rica.
  • In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churches, Ember days are four separate sets of three days within the same week—specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday—roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that were formerly set aside for fasting and prayer.
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