National Geographic : 1921 Nov
Photograph by William W.Chapin AN INDIAN WELL NEAR DELHI Water is won from the reluctant soil of a thirsty land only with infinite toil. The mot of India, like the shadoof and sakkieh ofEgypt and the Persian water wheel, is a contrivance born of sun-parched earth and cheap labor. A leather bag is the Old Oaken Bucket ofIndia, against whose weight slow-footed bullocks pull. It will hold from twenty to forty gallons of water, part of which is carried away in shining vessels on theheads ofgraceful women.