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

April 11th, 1901

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.

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

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.
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