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

April 24th, 1901

The page for Wednesday, April 24th says:

At office 6 A.M.
Bought boy boots. Cost $13 - Whew!
All hands go to Quasamambi. Boy
takes them up. On his return says
Mr. D.C. Stapleton is happy as a boy.
Downey and Nugent return with
gladsome news of gold they picked 
up off the bed-rock say $40 or $50.
Listen well, and Nugent tries to find
from me the figures from the last clean-up.
Repeatedly says he likes Quasamambi
mine. Good bedrock. D.C. Stapleton
has a quick eye, and a thorough
miner. Surest footed man he ever saw.
No one can steal gold on him.
A pleasing day.
Still my thoughts wander off to
California.
Downey says Morrell made a bad break
saying Mr. D.C. Stapleton was not a
miner. He wish he knew then as much as
now, and he would have answered him.
Nugent adds - He is miner enough.
Gerald remains up with his brother for
the night. Canoe man stopped over to carry
down in the morning. Mr. D.C. Stapleton.
Bats in my room last night. Poor sleep.

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Questions and comments:

  • “Morell” is F.V. Morrell, who is in the New York office. He wrote a letter that caused much Nathaniel much angst in when it was received on April 3rd or 4th.
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