In the Land of the Lion and Sun

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 342 pages
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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...and once nearly lost in it, I was led into the house of Mr. Taylor, our consul. I could just see a dim form and hear a kind voice. March 24th.--Next morning I could not open my eyes, they were so swollen. The tatar who came with me is in the same state. This is caused by the snow; my head is also swollen, and my face all swollen and puffy. The Persian chupper (or post) was to start in the afternoon, and I decided to go on, but when I found that after leeching my eyelids they were still closed, I was only too glad to accept Mr. Taylor's kind invitation to stop. I was a prisoner to the house for five days, and at the end of that time I could open my eyes. Erzeroum is a terribly cold place, although there are double windows and stoves all over the house, and though the skincovered doors shut tight by means of a weight, it is impossible to keep warm. The snow in the town is four to twelve feet deep. It is supposed to be the coldest place in Turkey, and is on a snow-covered plain, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Only four months in the year are surely free from snow. Mr. B, the Chancellier here, tells me that the Erze roumis are so sharp that there are no Jews. A colony once came, but finding that the natives weighed the eggs and bought only the heaviest ones, they left the place in disgust. Of course the state of my eyes prevented my seeing anything of the place, but I shall never forget the cold. Of my journey from Trebizonde to Erzeroum I have few details, and my blindness prevented my writing up my diary. On March 30th I left Erzeroum at nine A.m., reached Hassan Kaleh, twenty-four miles, at three P.m.; started again at four P.m. (all snow), reached Balakoohi, where a storm compelled us to halt at seven P.m. Slept there. March 3Ut.--Started...

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