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

April 19th, 1901

The page for Friday, April 19th says:

At office 6:20 A.M.
learn of the rumor of last night's
shooting. Watchman thinks that the same
person who blew up tunnel No 3 recently,
trying to get near Mr. Stapleton's house.
My accounts in good shape.
Emiceno Jiminez and family quit here,
comes and says Adios to me.
Hear of 50 natives from Playa de Oro
having gone away to work on the new
Francis and I at it again. I am trying
to see the workers get beans.
Muck talk and liveliness to keep an
eye on Francis.
Place has a look of desolation.
Hear Mr. Stapleton has bedrock as
clean as a parlor. Muy Bonita
Mucho trabanajo (trabajo).
Rain during past 24 hours 1 30/100 in.
Temperature as high as 94° Fahr.
Women chop wood down here and are
barefooted when doing it.
Down to a lantern light again.
Begin another Novena.
Boy cheery - I am contemplative !!
No mail.

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Questions and comments:

  • In the bit about the beans, the word “workers” is underlined.
  • The trail project has been siphoning off workers for a while, but 50 is a lot.

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