The page for Thursday, April 11th says:
At office 6 A.M. Another day nearer to my Annie. Boy is studying Espanol and of great cheer to me. Mr Stapleton is very bilious. Truly a patient man. Thinking much of home - dear old Jersey. My books in good shape. Hard at it for 7 hours to-day. Mining is a series of chances. Hard knocks and lots of troubles. Does it pay!! Well what are we here for? Gerald is expected on Steamer arriving Sunday night at Esmeraldas. Hot. 96° no rain. Boy went into woods to-day, helping the cook cut down palmetto trees - the heard of the top branches furnishes us a food much like our cabbage. Yu yu (spinach), Camote (sort of sweet potatoe) our future food. Plantains and even rice getting scarce. Not that I fear, but the nervousness is what causes a lot of thought. 3 loads of lumber come to-day. Men kicking about money. News going around that Mr. Stapleton will soon desert them and not pay his debts. Company not looked upon at all. Prayers are a great comfort.
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Questions and comments:
- It turns out that Camote is exactly a sweet potato.
- I could not find any references to “Yu yu” as a food.