A Pedestrian Journey Through Russia and Siberian Tartary: To the Frontiers of China, the Frozen Sea, and Kamtchatka, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Constable and Company, 1829 - Soviet Union
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Page 193 - Tongousi of eating whenever there is food, and never permitting any thing that can be eaten to be lost. I gave the child a candle made of the most impure tallow, a second, and a third, and all were devoured with avidity. The steersman then gave him several pounds of sour frozen butter; this also he immediately consumed ; lastly, a large piece of yellow soap ; all went the same road ; but as I was...
Page 202 - I quitted the town of Zashiversk, not ungrateful for the hospitality of its poor inhabitants, who had supplied me with plenty of fish, here eaten in a raw state, and which to this hour I remember as the greatest delicacy I have ever tasted. Spite of our prejudices, there is nothing to be compared to the melting of raw fish in the mouth; oysters, clotted cream, or the finest jelly in the world is nothing to it ; nor is it only a small quantity that may be eaten of this precious commodity. I myself...
Page 11 - Rub the feet at going to bed with spirits mixed with tallow dropped from a candle into the palm of the hand ; on the following morning no blister will exist. The spirits seem to possess the healing power, the tallow serving only to keep the skin soft and pliant. This is Captain Cochrane's advice, and the remedy was used by him in his pedestrian tour...
Page 53 - I resumed my route. I had still left me a blue jacket, a flannel waistcoat, and a spare one, which I tied round my waist in such a manner that it reached down to the knees ; my empty knapsack was restored to its old place, and I trotted1 on with even a merry heart.
Page 243 - Tchuktchi laughed at me for such a childish employment of my time. While upon this subject, I may remark, as a circumstance relative to the game of chess, and which has repeatedly surprised me, that wherever a people recognize and play it, they are infallibly Asiatics. Neither the Tchuktchi nor the Koriaks understand any thing of it, but all the Kamtchatdales, and other Asiatics, are familiar with it. The features of the Yukagiri lead me to suppose them Tartars, and not a race very distinct from...
Page 40 - Yes, I am."" You are den," said he, " dat lilly Massa Jonny I know at de same time." It now turned out that this black gentleman, with the two carriages and four horses each, had been my father's and my uncle's servant thirteen years before. Having talked over old matters, he remarked that he could never have...
Page 51 - I was suddenly seized from behind by two ruffians, whose visages were as much concealed as the oddness of their dress would permit. One of them, who held an iron bar in his hand, dragged me by the collar towards the forest, while the other, with a bayonetted musket, pushed me on in such a manner as to make me move with more than ordinary celerity ; a boy, auxiliary to these vagabonds, was stationed on the road-side to keep a look-out.
Page 187 - Yaknti then with their axes proceeded to fell timber, while I and the Cossack, with our lopatkas, or wooden spades, cleared away the snow, which was generally a couple of feet deep. We then spread branches of the pine tree, to fortify us from the damp or cold earth beneath us ; a good fire was now soon made, and each bringing a leathern bag from the baggage, furnished himself with a seat. We then put the kettle on the fire, and soon forgot the sufferings of the day.
Page 246 - Each reindeer can draw three or four poods, or one hundred and fifty pounds weight. Those which come to the fair return only to the river Tchaon, where they are exchanged for those which belong to, and which had come from the Bay of St. Lawrence. Seventy-five and ninety days are required for them to perform the journey, which is about eight hundred versts, or five hundred miles. There were three chiefs at the fair : first, Yebrashka, who commands the tribes inhabiting the banks of the Tchaon, Packla,...
Page 223 - ... in an idea that the body of the patient is possessed with one or more devils, attended with incessant hiccoughs. The parties afflicted with it are generally most delicate and interesting in their appearance ; and it is seldom indeed that any individual is cured. In females it prevails to such an extent as utterly to prevent pregnancy. I have seen them hiccough to so great an extent, as to induce me to strike them on the upper part of the spine, in the hope of relieving them from the pain by a...

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