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Side-lights on Siberia


Side-lights on Siberia

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    James Young Simpson
Excerpt from book: 61 CHAPTER III. TRAVEL IX SIBERIA. Ox The Great Post-road — Requirements— Cost Of Posting — The Postmaster's Book—To Prevent Racing—The Yamktchik—His Monotonous Life — His Management Of Horses — Post-stations Outside And Inside — Siberian Villages — The Public PlayGround—Drunkenness—When The Kye Come Hame—Life On The Trakt—The Angara—Lake Baikal—The Buryat Country —Valley Of The Seleni.a—Fellow-travellers—Tea Caravans — Robdery — Incidents And Mishaps — Through The Flood — Fkhhiks And Ferry-boats—River-travel—The Ob—Scenery On Its Banks—Sunset On The Ob—Taking In Wood—The Irt?sh— Difficulties In Its Navigation. It is, however, in its simple primary function of transportation that the new railway att'ects the traveller most. Few Ji.'ilios in the annals compiled by those who have in time past crossed Siheria are more graphic than the ones in which they describe their varied experiences by water and by land. One shares with them the tedium of days and weeks lost on the Ob and Yenisei in miserable steamers that seemed only to fulfil their destiny when they ran aground. Occasionally in October, towards the end of the season, ome luckless vessels are overtaken in mid-voyage by the relentless frost, and forced to winter on the spot where they are captured, while passengers and crew are glad to seektheir destination overland. Or, again, in the perusal of a paragraph that relates the story of conveyance by tarantass over some stretch of ground more rough than usual, one shuts one's eyes expectant of the next bump, which to the traveller signified painful acquaintance with the leathern hood, as the sturdy Siberian ponies ran, like the herd of swine, down a steep place violently, even to the length of plunging into some mountain torrent that had enlarged the borders of its condui...  
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