The page for Saturday, May 4th says:
At office 6 A.M. River the highest since my arrival here, and remained so all day. Rain 3 1/2 inches. No mail nor food in sight for one week. Gerald and I talk transportation by way of Cayapas river - 14 miles - 5 hours walk. Steamer can come up all the way. Our river a torrent. Gerald says it beats the Yellowstone. River rose 8 feet. Men have to swim quebradas coming down from the Mountains. Things at a standstill. Pay off about 25 men. Same bill of fare. Stations to-night. Boy goes at his arithmetic.
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Questions and comments:
- Quebradas is Spanish for “creeks/ravines/gorges”. I think that in this context, Nathaniel meant “creeks”.