The page for Thursday, April 18th says:
At office 5:50 A.M. No canoe to be had to take Mr. Meisner's materials down to finish Sajado Pipe Line. I take the liberty of launching Mr. Stapleton's new canoe. Luckily, I find two boys to do the canoeing - Mr. Stapleton's canoe too small. They find another down the river - swap, and complete their mission. Mr. Meisner so in- difference I suspect collusion between he and Manuel in order that Mr. Meisner will be ordered to stay here and finish up a 3 day job which, would benefit him 6 weeks at $5 - a day. I can appreciate more of Mr. Stapleton's manner in handling these people. Right he is too. Think much of my future California home. Boy fixing up a stock in No 2 room. Two monitors going at Quasamambi. No Gerald nor mail as yet. Rather quiet - Carpenter Mesa left today. Company owes him $30. Just returned from investigating a shooting of a gun. Watchman claims he saw a body sneaking around Mr. Stapleton's house. Wonder if climax is coming.
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Questions and comments:
- The last four lines (starting with “Just returned”) were written differently than the rest – I’m guessing that they were written later in the day/evening.
- “Future California home” – that’s new.
- I wonder what Nathaniel sees as “the climax”