Visits to High Tartary, Y‚rkand, and K‚shgar (formerly Chinese Tartary): And Return Journey Over the Karakoram Pass

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J. Murray, 1871 - Asia, Central - 486 pages
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Page 171 - It is said also that some persons, in their course across the desert, have seen what appeared to them to be a body of armed men advancing towards them, And apprehensive of being attacked and plundered have taken to flight. Losing by this means the right path, and ignorant of the direction they should take to regain it, they have perished miserably of hunger.
Page 485 - Khan. Part of the force was at that moment in hot pursuit, or the ruin would have been wider. The rest ran, some to large trees which were all soon uprooted and borne away, others to rocks which were speedily buried beneath the waters. Only they escaped who took at .once to the mountain side. About five hundred of these troops were at once swept to destruction.
Page 76 - I will not here inflict on the reader a history of the troubles I underwent in arranging for a start. Ladak is infested with a set of ruffians called Argoons,1 half-bred between Toorkistan fathers and Ladak mothers. Like most half-castes, they possess all the evil qualities of both races without any of their virtues.
Page 8 - ... howling waste of mountains, such as one might imagine the Atlas to be, or such as Aden is; and this under an Italian sky, with an atmosphere which acts like a telescope, bringing the most minute and distant objects into notice. No gradations of verdure ; each bit of cultivation is as distinctly defined from the surrounding desert hill-side as if it had been actually cut out by measurement from another country and dropped there. Approaching the village, you pass a long, low, broad wall, covered...
Page 3 - Black tents of peculiar make appear for a few days at a time in the winter on open spaces by the roadsides, and shelter dingy families of narrow-eyed Tibetans — petty traders, who come down with their wares. They are not prepossessing in appearance, with their high cheek-bones, their dirt, and their long pig-tails. But they are the most good-tempered of mortals, and they always greet you with a grin. Moreover, every year the few English sportsmen who penetrate into the wilder parts of Ladak bring...

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