Central Asia: Travels in Cashmere, Little Thibet and Central Asia

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Scribner, 1893 - Asia, Central - 294 pages

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Page 162 - ... on this account it became necessary to keep armies in such of the provinces as contained large cities and an extensive population, which are stationed at the distance of four or five miles from those cities, and can enter them at their pleasure.
Page 26 - Now, such persons as propose to cross the Desert take a week's rest in this town to refresh themselves and their cattle ; and then they make ready for the journey, taking with them a month's supply for man and beast. On quitting this city they enter the Desert.
Page 26 - When an army passes through the land, the people escape with their wives, children and cattle, a distance of two or three days' journey into the sandy waste ; and knowing the spots where water is to be had, they are able to live there, and to keep their cattle alive, whilst it is impossible to discover them ; for the wind. immediately blows the sand over their track.
Page 58 - ... and a note containing a fresh and still more pressing invitation from his master. Such well-timed civility is irresistible ; his heart and his boots thaw together, and he at once accepts the hospitality of the mokym, who it may be, is awaiting the traveller, with a friendly hug, at the bottom of the pass, two or three days' journey from the city, to which he obsequiously conducts him.
Page 12 - Kublai, after a time, seeing his discretion and ability, began to employ him in the public service. M. Pauthier has found a record in the Chinese annals of the Mongol Dynasty, which states that in the year 1277, a certain Polo was nominated a second-class...
Page 23 - The Plain is called PAMIER, and you ride across it for twelve days together, finding nothing but a desert without habitations or any green thing, so that travellers are obliged to carry with them whatever they have need of. The region is so lofty and cold that you do not even see any birds flying. And I must notice also that because of this great cold, fire does not burn so brightly, nor give out so much heat as usual, nor does it cook food so effectually.
Page 26 - Even in the daytime one hears those spirits talking. And sometimes you shall hear the sound of a variety of musical instruments, and still more commonly the sound of drums.
Page 91 - Kashghar, until they were reduced to the greatest straits. First they ate their horses, then the dogs and cats, then their leather boots and straps, the saddles of their horses, and the strings of their bows. At last they would collect together in parties of five or six, who would go prowling about with ravenous eyes till they saw some one alone, some unfortunate comrade who still retained the flesh on his bones. They would drag...
Page 42 - many elevated points of view from which this extraordinary hollow gave me, at first sight, an idea of its having been originally formed by the falling * Hugelelsewhere states the elevation at 1*,092.
Page 22 - IN leaving Badashan you ride twelve days between east and north-east, ascending a river that runs through land belonging to a brother of the Prince of Badashan, and containing a good many towns and villages and scattered habitations. The people are Mahommetans, and valiant in war. At the end of those twelve days you come to a province of no great size, extending indeed no more than three days' journey in any direction, and this is called VOKHAN.

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