National Geographic : 1913 May
Photo by Ethan C. Le Munyon CHINESE GRAVES NEAR THE ROAD The hole is to let the spirit of the deceased in and out at will. This is a rather lonesome place-a sort of alkali country Photo by Ethan C. Le Munyon THE WRITER DRAWING A BUCKET OF WATER AT A NATIVE MONGOL WELL The windlass and rope are removed from the stone-post and taken into the tent of the Mongol owning the well. Wood is very scarce, and it would never do to leave this amount where it could be stolen. The bucket in this instance is a piece of untanned cowhide with the hair left on, and on the inside of the bucket too. The hide is sewed up the side and holds probably two American gallons. Of course a quantity of hair comes out each time the bucket is emptied. As this one had been in use some time, the odor was not pleasant. However, it was the only way to get water and we had to have it. The well is a dug well, about 70 feet in depth.