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

May 10th, 1901

The page for Friday, May 10th says:

Out at 5:30 A.M. giving powder to Roman Ararrgo.
Our first day of rice, bread and tea.
Gerald says its a tough game when working men
cannot get food. Downey's camp on rice for a week
past. Understand food is at Borbon. Like a
shipwrecked person wanting a drink,
to say food is at Borbon. What good is to us.
Gerald going to Playa de Oro today and secure canoes
to go with him to Borbon for the food. Surely some-
thing is amiss. Food been there now for 15 days.
Canoe men are owed some $1500 - is cause; I 
think. Cargoe, Cargoe canoes is a cry now
with us. Reminds me of the old school book story
of the whaler "There she blows" when a whale 
is sighted.
Gerald is much worried. Som am I, but my
faith in the Blessed Lady is my succor.
All will come right. To-morrow men
come down from the Mountains for a week's
supply. Yes, we have 2 sacks of sugar, 1 bbl of
lard - 2 sacks of flour to sell to them.
Mentally, the suffering is the worst.
I warned Gerald to carry a revolver with
him if he starts. Collusion I am afraid of
by the river men.

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


Questions and comments:

  • “Downey” is J.T. Downey, who arrived on April 23rd.
  • Cargoe is almost certainly a misspelling of “cargo”.

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