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

March 14th, 1901

The page for Thursday, March 14th says:

At office 6:05 A.M. 
Books in good shape. Mr. Stapleton tried
to get to Quasamambi today. Canoe men
sneaked off. He sent for men to come down for
his things. Rains too hard - 3 50/100 inches since
yesterday. Off in the morning. Long talk with
Mr. Moore and Stapleton in the evening.
We thought our mail dispatched but was
returned in the afternoon. No one who leaves
Playa de Oro can return to the place.
Mr. Stapleton tries it again tomorrow.
Boy very kind, and I enjoy his company much.
Much diplomacy required in allowing
men to draw their money.
If you are not careful - men will not work.
Mr. Stapleton vexed at St. Clair Moore
quitting work in blacksmith shop to get
a bath at 3:30 p.m.
Arranged No 2 room - i.e, tool room.
4 hours work.

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

Questions and comments:

  • Why is it that “No one who leaves Playa de Oro can return to the place”?
  • Yesterday “Clare Moore” was playing a clarinet; today “St. Clair Moore” is working in the blacksmith shop.

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