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

April 14th, 1901

The page for Sunday, April 14th says:

Anna's Birthday. Greetings.
Thinking so much of her to-day. It causes
me to be fretful, impatient, and O, so blue.
Boy secured a skin of a young tiger. Is
curing it for to make a birthday present.
Mr. Meisner returns after 6 weeks at
Sajado. Goes down with Mr. Stapleton. Says
Mr. Stapleton told him of short conditions of finances.
Mr. Stapleton off to Quasamambi to wash - 
or clean-up. Boy of much comfort at
night with his harmonica. I am in a
nervous mood at present. No food for a 
white man - hear nothing but, when is
pay day coming. Work in an office well in
hand. So it is with almost with every man
that comes to my window - pay - pay.
Men like to work for this Company, but
they can only see enough in it to buy food
at our store, i.e, when we have it to
sell. All in all it is very trying.
I wonder more and more at Mr. Stapleton's
sticking to the Company.
He is a sick man too. Struggling to
continue until September comes and goes.
Devotions to-night. Asking for greater
resignation and patience.

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Questions and comments:

  • “Anna” is Anna Elizabeth Lauterbach, Nathaniel’s future wife. This was her 25th birthday.
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