Overland Through Asia: Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life

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American publishing Company, 1870 - Siberia (Russia) - 608 pages
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Page 284 - ... strayed, But for the slanting stone, To evening's ocean, with the tangled braid Of foam-flecked Oregon. So from the heights of Will Life's parting stream descends, And, as a moment turns its slender rill, Each widening torrent bends, — From the same cradle's side, From the same mother's knee, — One to long darkness and the frozen tide, One to the Peaceful Sea ! THE PROMISE.
Page 226 - ... keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope" — we have presumed to court the assistance of the friends of the drama to strengthen our infant institution.
Page 584 - Among the irregular troops of Russia, the most important are the Cossacks. The country of the Don Cossacks contains from 600,000 to 700,000 inhabitants. In case of necessity, every Cossack, from fifteen to sixty years of age, is bound to render military service. The usual regular military force, however, consists of fifty-four cavalry regiments, each numbering 1,044 men, making a total of 56,376.
Page 522 - Russian traders crossing the steppes, but are careful not to attack unlceS the odds are on their own side. The Russians have applied their diplomacy among the Kirghese and pushed their boundaries far to the southward. They have purchased titles to districts controlled by powerful chiefs, and, after being fairly settled, have continued negotiations for more territory. They make use of the hostility between the different tribes, and have managed so that nearly every feud brought advantages to Russia....
Page 136 - ... the soul ! The first time we heard it we could not help making a sorrowful comparison between this pagan town, where all prayed in common, with the cities of Europe, where people would blush to make the sign of the cross in public.
Page 583 - Russia were drawn, previous to the year 1871, from the classes of peasants and artisans, partly and principally by means of a conscription, partly by the adoption of the sons of soldiers, and partly by voluntary enlistment. In January 1871, a law of military re-organisation was sanctioned by the Emperor, which came into force in 1872.
Page 29 - O'er the horizon's curved rim, — Or to islands of the blest, — He with me and I with him — Outward bound. Nothing but a speck we seem In the waste of waters round, Floating, floating like a dream, — Outward bound.
Page 173 - Amnr belongs to the empire of Russia, and the territory on the right bank (to the south) to the junction of the River Usuri to the empire of China.
Page 136 - Ssa a touching custom, which we are in some sort jealous of finding among infidels. In the evening, as soon as the light declines, the Thibetans, men, women, and children, cease from all business and assemble in the principal parts of the city and in the public squares. As soon as the groups are formed, every one sits down on the ground, and begins slowly to chant his prayers in an under tone, and this religious concert produces an immense and solemn harmony throughout the city, powerfully affecting...
Page 584 - Cossacks, numbering some 200,000 men. 2. Navy. The Russian navy consists of two great divisions, the fleet of the Baltic, and that of the Black Sea. Each of these two fleets is again subdivided into sections, of which three are in or near the Baltic, and two in or near the Black Sea.

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