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

May 5th, 1901

The page for Sunday, May 5th says:

At office 6:30 A.M. 
Pay about 20 men - many go to Playa 
de Oro to buy supplies. Come back full
of Aquadiente - 2 or 3 fights - Jamaicans
and Columbians - much cursing about no pay
or they would leave this place.
Gave up our last barrel of pork to be
sold or else none of them would go up in
the mountains to work the coming week.
Send mail off. I only wrote to Jim Gormley
a short note.
Boy gives phonograph selections at 5 p.m.
It pleases them.
Cargo of provisions still expected.
River normal to-day. Rain only 30/100 inches.
Mr Nugent comes down from Quasamambi.
Cheery to see a white man once a week.
Had great comfort and consolation
from prayers and meditation to-night.
Thank God I am a Catholic for
this position is a trying one to be in.
Lowest week in store receipts - only $135.
Gerald sending for a canal watchman.
Bob Heffernan at Panama.
Many will leave here when paid off.

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

 

Questions and comments:

  • Aguadiente is a spanish term for potent alcoholic beverages. It means “fiery water”.
  • Who is Bob Heffernan?
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