Voices from the Camps

Edmundo Moore, by Bill Meek (1987)



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00.00:00 – One evening, as we walked through the camp, Edmund Moore came across an old well sunk by one of his forebears in the days before they installed windmill power.
00.08:56 – Over this you had a ... kind of iron bridge, and you dropped the bucket down, and then the bucket came out to a pulley, and the pulley had a rope that went to a horse. And beside this you had a water-tank.
00.32:00 So the horse pulled, the bucket did come up over the pulley, go beside the pulley, and as it came by the pulley there was another rope tied to the bottom of the bucket. At that moment the bottom of the bucket would open and the water would fall into the tank. And from that tank the troughs were filled.
00.56:34 So you imagine the process it was. You could be all day, and this in a dry day there were cattle and that. That is the old system of doing it, no? That was tremendous! They were called the jagüeles. It's the old system of drawing ... drawing water from the well! That's it, drawing water from the well.
01.14:76 – It was about time to have a chance to look to the west, just in time to see the huge harnish glow of the setting sun deep low the ruler sharp horizon of the endless pampas. It was a magnificent sight.
01.26:56 – Yes, you like it? This is the nicest hour, it is. This is the nicest hour! Really it's the nicest hour. Everything begins to get quiet. – Even the cattle. – Even the cattle. Everybody gets quiet towards this hour. They start to settle down.


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