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

March 7th, 1901

The page for Thursday, March 7th says:

At office 5:45 A.M.
Have almost completed time for laborers
for February. Meisner sent in to-day
Week of Feb 23/28.
Worked until 5:45 p.m.
Mr. Stapleton hard at work driving work
from the Negroes. At one time he had to beg
them to work - now it is completed. He can
afford to tell them what he wants. They are
a continuous nuisance about their pay -
I experience enough to test a calm temper.
We are in office 7:45 p.m. at accounts.
In comes Mr. Moore and son. Don't say
much. talk it over with Mr. D.C. Stapleton
Truly the N.Y. end don't understand this end of
At 10:30 p.m. routed out of bed to give the
carpenters materials to make a coffin for
the body of the wife of Geo Rook. His wife a
catholic. Boy gave a nice rosary to be
placed on the body for burial.
11 p.m. fairly a good days work.
Mr. Stapleton at one time worked 18 hours
out of the 24. Mr. Moore makes the best
record time too - February 16 left N.Y.
via Jamaica.
War at Tumaco when he passed.

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

Questions and comments:

  • I haven’t found any records of a Mr. Moore associated with Playa De Oro.
  • I believe that this is the first mention of George Rook as well.
  • Tumaco is a port city in southern Colombia, the site of many battles during the (ongoing) civil war.

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