Unknown Mongolia: A Record of Travel and Exploration in North-west Mongolia and Dzungaria, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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J.B. Lippincott, 1914 - Hunting - 659 pages
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Page 539 - ... made?' This was before myxomatosis was let loose in Europe ! The notion of conservation used to be entirely protective and local. The lake basin of Bogdo-ola in central Asia shown in Plate 85 must have been one of the earliest sanctuaries of this kind. Carruthers63 remarks that an earlier explorer found a notice put up near the lake, saying: 'It is forbidden, under penalty of instant death, to violate the tranquillity of this holy land. There must not only be no shooting and no tree-cutting,...
Page 472 - And it is the truth that if a foreigner comes to the house of one of these people to lodge, the host is delighted, and desires his wife to put herself entirely at the guest's disposal, whilst he himself gets out of the way, and comes back no more until the stranger shall have taken his departure. The guest may stay and enjoy the wife's society as long as he lists, whilst the husband has no shame in the matter...
Page 355 - ... fire. They envelop themselves in a kind of tissue, like the insects that produce silk, and the substance is wrought with care by the ladies of our palace, and thus we have stuffs and garments of it for the use of our excellency. These garments can only be purified by being placed in a fierce fire. "We believe that we have no equal, either for the quantity of our riches, or the number of our subjects. When we issue forth to make war upon our enemies, we have borne before us, upon thirteen cars,...
Page 472 - Lop, and on the other side is a small desert of three days' j ourney in extent. The people are all idolaters, and have a peculiar language. They live by the fruits of the earth, which they have in plenty and dispose of to travellers. They are a people who take things very easily, for they mind nothing but playing and singing, and dancing, and enjoying themselves. And it is the truth that, if a foreigner comes to the house of one of these people to lodge, the host is delighted.
Page 355 - ... shall be appointed to be the greatest and most worthy of our house, and you may partake of our abundance. Should it please you to go back again, you shall set forth overwhelmed by benefits. ' Do you desire to know the grandeur and excellence of our dynasty, the extent of our power and dominion ? Know and believe that I am the Priest John, the servant of God, and that I surpass, in riches, in power, and in virtue, all the kings of the earth. Sixty-two kings are tributary to me. I am a zealous...
Page 616 - ... by help of their money. They everywhere buy up children whose parents, unable to educate them, make no scruple to sell them. During a famine which wasted the province of Shantung they purchased above ten thousand. They marry them, and either buy or build a considerable share of a city, and even whole country towns, to settle them in. Hence, by little and little, they are grown to such a head in many places as not to suffer any to live among them who goes not to the mosque ; by which means they...
Page 369 - ... Prester John were Christians. This second authority of M. Oppert's therefore fails entirely. Now for the third. The story of Rubruquis is as follows : " At the time when the Franks took Antioch the sovereignty in these Northern regions was held by a certain Coir Cham. Coir was his proper name, Cham his title, the word having the meaning of soothsayer, which is applied to their princes because they govern by means of divination.
Page 355 - ... our excellency. These garments can only be purified by being placed in a fierce fire. "We believe that we have no equal, either for the quantity of our riches, or the number of our subjects. When we issue forth to make war upon our enemies, we have borne before us, upon thirteen cars, thirteen large and precious crosses, ornamented with gold and jewels. Each cross is followed by ten thousand horsemen and a hundred thousand foot soldiers, without counting the men of war, charged to conduct the...
Page 633 - ... Treasury cannot be held responsible for the credit of private individuals. (5) No monopoly can be established either in commerce or manufacture. The Mongolian authorities shall not prevent Mongols or Chinese from doing business with Russian subjects nor prevent their employment in Russian commercial and industrial enterprises. (6) Russian subjects shall have the right to lease or buy land in all towns and cities throughout Mongolia and establish commercial enterprises and manufactures, build...

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