National Geographic : 1920 Mar
254 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE COOLTIS WORKING A FOOT-PUMP AND A BUFFALO PLOWING IN THE BACKGROUND: FORMOSA Very picturesque are these foot-pumps, worked by three and sometimes four coolies, which raise water from one field to another. A WATER BUFFALO WITH HIS SMALL CHINESE DRIVER No rural Formosan landscape is complete without at least one of these hulking creatures, with its threatening horns and great staring eyes. Most of the plowing on the island is done with these animals. They are strong and can endure much hard work, provided they have plenty of water, which must be poured over their backs as well as given them to drink. They may be seen on the outskirts of any large town, standing in tanks six or seven feet square while their drivers administer "shower baths."