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

April 13th, 1901

The page for Saturday, April 13th says:

At office 6 A.M. Leave it early for a
pay day at 6:30 P.M. Only about 45
men to draw pay.
Mr. Stapleton starts for Quasamambi in
the morning, and returns in the afternoon.
Will probably wash again on Monday.
Does not say much of his plans. Been
ill most of this week. Great verve to
keep going at all. Strain of 3 1/2 years
is telling on him now.
To-day the darkest day I have experienced
and cold too. Put on my heavy jacket at
night. Boy playing harmonica at night.
A Jamaican came into camp last night.
Understand he is bossing at Uimbi
and men will go away with him.
Many think that a pay day will never
come around again. So, they talk of leaving
at various times regardless of what is
due them from the Company.
Patience, old man, another day gone.

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Questions and comments:

  • Quite a depressing day for Nathaniel
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