Travels in the eastern Caucasus; on the Caspian and Black seas, especially in Daghestan, and on the frontiers of Persia and Turkey, during the summer of 1871

 
9781150526527: Travels in the eastern Caucasus; on the Caspian and Black seas, especially in Daghestan, and on the frontiers of Persia and Turkey, during the summer of 1871
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...beyond this was only conquered by Russia twelve years since, in the reign of the present Emperor. Near this village the primitive method of thrashing out the corn by oxen attached to sleighs fitted with flint teeth, and of winnowing it with the wind, was still in operation, thrashing and winnowing machines being unknown. At half-past one we entered the military station of Temirhan-Tsura, generally called Tsura. This town is situated on a small but fertile plain, and is surrounded at a distance of five or six miles by mountains. It has now become the capital city of Daghestan, the government having lately been changed from a military to a civil one. It already promises to become of some importance. There are a good many public buildings, and a large but ugly church dominates the town. We paid our respects again to General Prince Mellikoff, and explained to him that we were most anxious to enter the mountains and visit Guinib, and, if possible, to proceed from thence to Vladicavcas, by the mountain pass. The prince directed the chief of his staff to assist us in our arrangements, and to order Cossack native guards to attend us, more, as was explained, for honour than for protection; but he appeared not to remember that at Petrolvks he had told us he would also direct Cossack horses to be placed at our disposal, on a small payment, to ride to Guinib. We then retired to the quarters of Colonel Schxoummsky, of the Etatmajor, who made out all the requisite arrangements, and gave us, what was of more consequence, and as we subsequently found of more value, a letter of introduction to General Kamaroff, commanding the fort and district of Guinib. It was our intention to have sent our telega, or tarantasse, with our baggage by a circuitous but good road, in charge of...

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