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 it. 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.