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

April 8th, 1901

The page for Monday, April 8th says:

At office 6 A.M. Mr. A.L. Moore and son
left here to-day. Learn they are at Playa
de Oro for the night.
Mr. A.L. Moore told me Mr. D.C. Stapleton
offered him possession of the property
at he refused it. He was talking until
12 p.m. last night with D.C. Stapleton.
Rain 2 inches in four hours to-day.
To-night the watchman asked for a Rosary.
I age him one. He is afraid of bombs being
placed under the office. For the first time
he showed me that he is carrying a 
revolver. Malo - mucho mail - says he.
No money here - no food - nice position for
us to be in. The cave at No 3 tunnel is
supposed to be the work of enemies.
Boy very cheery all day.
Claire Moore's appetite the talk of
the camp.
Mr. D.C. Stapleton also told me he had
offered possession of the property to Mr. A.L.
Moore but he had refused to take it.
Strange to get two sides of a story and
have them agree.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)


Questions and comments:

  • Things appear to be dicey – no food, no money.
  • Who are the “enemies” ?
  • “Possession of the property” – I’m not sure what that means. To be the boss?

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