The page for Friday, March 29th says:
Routed out of bed again. John Moore's wife dies - Fix him up with necessary materials for a coffin. Send word to Mr. Stapleton about his return. At office 5:50 A.M. Saw Mr. Moore going to Quasamambi Mine. Mr. Stapleton hurries down to fix up a pilot's release from jail - owes $40. Company owes him $234 - Jail people in this community for debts. Mr. Stapleton has to show the gold in safe to satisfy them that draft will be honored at Quayaquil. I wonder if it will. Mr. Stapleton considers Mr. Moore an extravagant and un-methodical man for a manager of this Company. I thoroughly agree with him. My, my but Mr. Stapleton is wise on this P. de O. subject. Probably a receiver will be appointed too. He tells me he has made no promises to Mr. Moore about paying him out of gold on hand. All debts for labor performed must first be attended. Then provision the camp and take care of his friends. Mr. Moore talks much of affairs. That dynamiter, John Moore buried his wife today. Returned the tools. Charged him with the wood for the Coffin $8. Not an employee, hence no obligation. Expect some excitement with he and his friends when settling time comes. Mr. Stapleton came prepared to-day. They are a bad lot of people. Food stolen at Borboni - 5 barrels of beef, 1 beans 1 lentils 1 rice. Again it will reduce us to short rations. Tough country. No piping at mine today. Each day changes conditions here. Anna - wondering what you are thinking anyway
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Questions and comments:
- Mrs. Moore was sick yesterday, and tonight she died.
- “Appoint a receiver” – that sounds like bankruptcy proceedings to me.
- The last word in the last line is smudged.