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In the back-yard of a number of houses I saw large earthen jars embedded in the ground. Against the sides of these jars was a low framework of wood, and, barring a shelter above, the whole affair had all the primitive simplicity of similar conveniences all over this country. Near these places were piles of ashes from the stoves, and these were scattered over the material at times. The open character of this arrangement while offensive to the eye, was better, in a sanitary sense, than the ordinary privy in this country, which, having its receptacle sunk in the loose soil, soon leads to the pollution of the ground and finally of the water supply itself.

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Latrines of the East
By Edward S Morse
Published in 1893
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