This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...the new order of ' every
accommodation for tourists' had yet to come. Had we not had
Government recommendations, we might, I think, have fared but
poorly. As it was, we were treated to an unlimited supply of
spirits, a very late supper, and a fair amount of bedding, for all
of which next morning we made a due recompense in roubles. There
was no more difficulty in doing this than at the Great St. Bernard
Hospice. The whole of the next day's ride lay along the banks of
the Baksan. The corn-fields of the Circassians are soon left
behind. The track crosses a melancholy, level prairie, where there
is no sign of inhabitants past or present, except a group of tall
Turkish tombstones of the usual form, crowned with stone turbans.
The scenery of the Baksan divides itself naturally into three
stages. First come the rounded cretaceous downs, then scarped and
weather-tinted limestone crags, closing in at last upon the river
in a bare, treeless defile. This opens on a wide Alpine valley, the
sides of which are partly fir-covered. A broad snowy mass,
Dongusorun, curiously like the Breithorn, closes the vista. At a
farm belonging to the Urusbieh chiefs, some thirty-three miles
below their village, the carriage-track ends. The stars were
shining with eastern brilliance in a cloudless vault, as on the
night of July 23, 1887, a solitary horseman pushed his wheezy
animal up the path that leads to the homes of the Turkish
tribesmen. The moon was hidden behind the steep southern slope.
Wherever the track had to cross the bed of some tributary stream it
became so hard to trace that the rider was forced to dismount. From
time to time the dim, dark shape and high bonnet of a belated
native would loom in the darkness and disappear again with a
passing grunt of...
|Country of origin:
Douglas William Freshfield
||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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