He had this dream of building an opera house in Iquitos and getting Caruso to perform at the opening, similar to what had happened in Manaus, the world’s richest city where people sent their clothes to Europe to get them washed.
He managed to get his girl friend to invest in his dream, registered land, and bought a boat. He managed to get this boat dragged across a mountain and into the river that linked up with a huge area of rubber trees. But his Indian native helpers cut the boat loose one night and let it drift through dangerous rapids back towards the Amazon. He had to sell the boat but was allowed to use it for another two weeks. So he sent the captain of the boat to Manaus to get the orchestra and the singers over to Iquitos for one final performance. He also asks him to bring a red chair and the best cigars in the world.