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

April 27th, 1901

The page for Saturday, April 27th says:

At office 5:50 A.M. 
Work fairly well. Couldn't make up my mind
to a failure of P. ed O. Camillo Quinonez, pipeman,
says, but little gold was taken out of Quasamambi.
Ten years have I have been Jarndyce vs. Jarndycing
myself. Well from to-day no more wrinkles
will come from thinking of it. Anna is my
ever constant dream. I will soon have enough
in hand to go to her. Will life is truly a
problem. Big money, corresponding worry.
I have so much to be thankful to God that, I will 
add greater fervor to my Blessed Lady.
Men talk with Gerald. D.C. Stapleton is
going to ask $1000 a year salary as a com-
pensation. He is deserving of it too, in muy
opinion. A thorough Company manger.
Nugent down here in case of trouble a la
frontier style. Truly the Jamacians better
behave. Boy panning for gold - is happy.
Kill fresh meat to-morrow. Much excitement
and jealousy among the negroes for tripe.
No cargo has het arrived. Down to our last bag
of rice. Beans all gone. Only 2 barrels of
pork left. Realistic mining - no pay - no
pay dirt - almost no food.
Say Stations to-night for Suffering Souls.
Good night my Anna!

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Questions and comments:

  • The word “tripe” is underlined.
  • Jarndyce and Jarndyce is a fictional court case in Chancery in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens. The case concerns the fate of a large inheritance. It has dragged on for many generations prior to the action of the novel, so that, by the time it is resolved late in the narrative, legal costs have devoured the entire estate. The case is thus a byword for an interminable legal proceeding.

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