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

February 28th, 1901

The page for Thursday, February 28th says:

In office 5:50 A.M. Leave at 8 p.m.
Make an inventory of store.
Feel very bad since 5 p.m. Sun was
hot to-day and cargo arriving.
Up and down, then at books again.
All out of sorts. Trunk gets here at 
last. McKenzie leaves for P. de. O. on
My boy very good company for me.
Place very dull.
In fact, I am tired.

To-day a hot one. Sun very strong.
Checking returned tools a matter
of concern to me.

Cannot trust a person.
They all try to buncombe a 
new man.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 


Questions and comments:

  • Buncombe” is an work which has become “bunkum”. In this context, I suspect that the workers are trying to take advantage of Nathaniel, because he is new at the job of checking in and out tools.
  • The trunk was misplaced when Nathaniel and son got on the boat in Colon, after taking the railroad across the isthmus of Panama (future site of the canal), and contains (among other things) their clothes. They have been without it since mid-January.

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