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

March 2nd, 1901

The page for Saturday, March 2nd says:

 
At office 5:40 A.M. 1st pay day.
Company a monarchy - issues features
only good in store. Mr. Stapleton very
thorough tactician. Characters insulting
when not allowed to overdraw. Left at
7:30 p.m. Tired out. Dance up the line.
Shrieks of ingratitude of N.Y. Office.
Sun hot to-day. Temperature from 1 to
4 p.m. 84° to 92°. Want to help Mr. D.C.S.
Really nervvy from over anxiety
Indians speak a Chichira patois.
The rest Spanish.
Names become more easy
after a while.
Surely much great adaptability
required here for an office man.

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

 

Questions and comments:

  • I couldn’t find a reference to “Chichira” referring to Ecuador or South American Indians. It is possible that I have transcribed it incorrectly, but I don’t see a better way to spell it.
  • In December of 1901, D.C Stapleton will be arrested and charged with counterfeiting, because the Playa de Oro company refused to pay their employees in anything but aluminum checks.
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