Over the Sea; Or, Letters from an Officer in India to His Children at Home

Over the Sea; Or, Letters from an Officer in India to His Children at Home

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...for about five hours. To go on was impossible, as our torches could not be kept burning: so we took refuge in a shed, --both men and horses were lodged in it, --and there we rested, our bearers all asleep around us, till four A.m., when we started once more, and reached home without further interruption at ten o'clock. June 26, 18--. My Dear M: There you have a faithful picture of a sugar-mill, such as we see in numbers in all the villages in this part of the country. I do not know whether they are different in other parts of India, as I never happened to see any till I came here. The bullocks walk round and round in a circle, drawing round the horizontal beam, upon which two men sit, --one at one end, to drive the bullocks, the other at the other end, feeding the mill with sugarcane, which is previously chopped up into pieces of about six inches' length. The end of the beam on which the driver sits is loaded with stones, in order to press down the top of the bent upright beam, to which it is suspended, as you see, by a chain. What is the use of that rude rectangular wooden frame to which the chain is fastened, and why the chain could not be fastened to the point of the upright beam itself, are questions not easily answered. If you asked the miller, he would think it quite sufficient to say that he makes his mill as his father did before him, (for these Hindoos are the most conservative people in the world.) But to proceed: the upright beam rests and turns round in a stone socket or basin, which is a good deal larger than the beam itself, --the spare space being filled up with pieces of sugar-cane. As the mill goes round, the heavy weight hanging from the top of the beam of course presses it against the side of the basin towards which it leans. The...show more

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