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

March 29th, 1901

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

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

 

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.
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