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

April 28th, 1901

The page for Sunday, April 28th says:

Boy leaves house at 3:30 A.M, to watch a
killing of a cow for fresh meat. At 5:30 A.M.
returns - bitten 5 times by wasps. After a good
cry relates his laughable experiences.
I go to office at 6 A.M. from then, work at books
paying 50 men - regulating sale of beef to the
workers. Am tired out - earn my salary !!
Have a chat with Downey. Tells me of my
brothers and sisters. I thank him heartily.
really too tired for much thought of a
No other cargo up as yet.
Think of soup and fresh meat for a 
change !!
Boy promises to beat me at pinochle.
Month almost gone.
Man wants phonograph for $75.
Done with a view of quitting and going 
to my Anna in June. Boy happy at the idea.
Will sell galvanic battery, too.
Downey's home talk brought tears to my
eyes - he is a large hearted man.

(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)


Questions and comments:

  • Sounds like Nathaniel has what we call “short-timers disease”, looking forward to the end of the current job. Yesterday he was talking about “soon having enough money” to leave ; today he is talking about leaving in June.

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