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

March 25th, 1901

The page for Monday, March 25th says:

At office 5:45. Fix up part of yesterday's a/cs
Learn of death of Mr. Stapleton's friend at P. de. O.
Bitten by a snake only lived a few hours.
X snake. Suggest to Mr. Moore the propriety
of closing and going there - for the Company's
good. After breakfast says he - then he has no
boots. At 12 Noon - Mr. Stapleton sends me
word to go and present his regrets, etc.
I do so - Family much gratified. Go down
in 1 hr 15 Minutes. return in 1 hour and half.
Manuel my guide quite knocked out.
Mr. Moore says next clean up will be
$1000 - and that he will make $5000 for Mr.
Stapleton to pay his laborers. Also,
Mr. Stapleton will will pay him his a/c too.
Probably Mr. Stapleton might send him to
England. Mr Moore read his report to
me. His mind made up the claims 
will (underlined) pay, and 8c earth too.
Money will have to be forthcoming
say $25000. Will bring his family
down. Practically all morning with him.
Brought me over to Managers house to read
aloud his report. Very sanguine as to
ultimate success is handled properly.

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Questions and comments:

  • Mr. Moore’s report (to the N.Y board?) appears to be positive; a big change from when he arrived.
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