NCE upon a time there was a farm-house,
and it was painted white and had green blinds, and it
stood not far from the road.
And in the fence was a wide gate to let the
wagons through to the barn. And the wagons, going
through, had made a track
that led up past the kitchen door and past the shed and
past the barn and past the orchard to the
Not far from the kitchen door was a well, with a bucket
tied by a rope to the end of a great long pole.
And when they wanted water, they let the bucket down
into the well and pulled it up full of water.
They used this water to drink, and to wash faces and
hands, and to wash the
dishes; but it wasn't good to wash clothes, because it
wouldn't make good
But when it had not rained for a long time,
there was no water in the hogshead. Then they got out
the drag and put a barrel on it, and the old
oxen came out from the barn, and put their heads down
And they walked slowly out of the yard into the road
and along the road until
they came to a big field with a stone wall around it,
and a big gate in the stone wall.
It wasn't a regular gate, but at each side of the open
place in the wall there was a post
with holes in it. And long bars went across and rested
in the holes. And the old oxen stopped,
The little river and the field are not there now, because the people put a great enormous heap of dirt across, and the river couldn't get through. The water ran in and couldn't get out, and spread out all over the field and made a big pond. And they had some great pipes under the ground, all the way to Boston. And the water runs through the pipes to Boston, and the people use it there to drink, and wash faces and hands, and wash dishes, and wash clothes.
Well, when the old oxen stopped at the river, Uncle
John took his bucket and dipped it in the river,
and poured the water into the barrel until the barrel
was full. Then he said "Gee up there," and the
old oxen started slowly walking across the field. And
the drag tilted around on the rough
ground, and the water splashed about in the barrel, and
slopped over the top of the barrel
on to the drag, and on to the ground. And the oxen
walked out of the gate into the road and
And the next morning, when they wanted water to wash the clothes, there was the barrel of water, all ready.
And that's all.