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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH THE CAUGASUS TO THE VOLGA
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Batum to Constantinople. Some days before wc left
Erivan it was announced to sail on the 6th ofJuly,
and wc arranged our journey accordingly. Then a
wire came that it was leaving on the 4th of July,
so that they had just time to catch it. But when
on the same day (2nd of July) wc left Erivan, wc
had another wire to say it was såiling the very next
day (3rd of July), so that there was no chance of
catching it. I wired back to the steamship company
that wc were going by its earlier telegrams as to the
time of såiling, putting the responsibility on them
if my fellow-commissioners did not catch the boat,
as there was not another one for several weeks.
Meanwhile the active Carle had wired to Leninakan,
and asked whether motor-cars could be had to take
them over the mountains to Batum and catch the
boat there on the 3rd of July. He had hoped to
take his two colleagues at the same time; but in
spite of their liking for any kind of adventure, he
had to give it up now in the face of this sleepy
laziness, and the tram went on.
Reaching Tiflis in the morning, wc found a
telegram to say the boat was såiling next day.
Captain Quisling and myself were to travel home
through Russia, and in the afternoon wc parted
sorrowfully from our three good fellow-workers,
who went on by tram to Batum. Wc had spent
some crowded weeks together, and believed wc had
done some good work. Wc two who were left behind
thankfully accepted the friendly bidding of the
Near East Relief to take up our quarters in its
hospitable house while wc were in Tiflis.

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