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Pacottah is a machine for raising water from deep wells by hanging a bucket. The bucket is hanged at the end of a long lie and then attaching the other end of the pole to one arm of an elevated horizontal lever.
The weight of a man on the other end of the lever raises the pole and with it the water. This equipment is found to be the most proficient means of raising water in a land where coal is costly. It is another instance of the mode in which Hindus have very frequently hit upon the very best means of employing natural forces for human purposes. The Railway Companies have tried every possible device and the best of English machinery, but lastly used the effectual device Pacottah.
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