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

May 1st, 1901

The page for Wednesday, May 1st says:

Think of being aroused at 5:20 A.M. by the most
intelligent negro on the property - "Asking your
pardon, Sir, but I forgot nails last night."
I gave Russell keys to office - tell him to look
on left side of my desk, and in there he will
find keys to store house. Well, he returns in
20 minutes - Can't find them sir. I go over with
him show him where they are to be found.
Well, Sir, I only obeys orders and looks on
the right side, such as you told me - this is
a sample of how dependent the black
man is upon the White folks - there
was 4 drawers to be opened and looked into.
But as he understood me to say right side
that was the only side he paid attention too.
No drawers on that side of desk either.
Worked all day on laborers balances
so far, ledgers 7 & 8 show Company as owing
them near 12,500 Sucres.
G.G. Stapleton was up to Huesito Falls,
Angostura Dam. Well pleased - good job.
Russell a very valuable man to the
Company. River is too high for canoes
to leave Playa de Oro with provisions.
3 of them down there.
No mail - 2 inches rain past 24 hours.

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

Questions and comments:

  • G.G. Stapleton has to be Gerald.

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