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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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Prince Baryatinsky wished to take Shamyl alive,
if possible; the Russians therefore made a halt
before the a-ul, which soon was encircled by four
teen battalions. As parliamentary, an Armenian
colonel, was sent to Shamyl. The old fanatic
wavered; had he been alone, he would probably
have fought on to the death ; but could he sacrifice
his wives and children? This was to touch him at
his tenderest spot. He mounted and rode out of the
a-ul, but he had not come far before the Russian
soldiers, seeing their thirty years’ foe at last in their
hands, gave a lovd cheer. Shamyl grew pale, pulled
up his horse, and turned back towards the a-ul.
Then the ready-witted Armenian ran after him, and
called out that the cheers were a token of esteem
towards him. Followed by about fifty Murids, the
last remnants of his once so powerful anny, he then
rode to the little birch-wood near, where Prince
Baryatinsky surrounded by his staff received him,
and he surrendered himself with his Murids.
Thus ended ShamyPs long fight against the pene
tration ofhis mountain world by foreign unbelievers,
and against their conquest of its peoples. When as
a prisoner he journeyed through Russia to St.
Petersburg, he was deeply struck by the size of
the towns—so huge, compared with his small a-uls—
the many people and the vast stretches of the land ;
and he was dismayed to think that it was against
this mighty empire that he with his small forces
had fought for over thirty years. He was hailed
on his journey by the Russians as a great hero, and
Tsar Alexander II received him near Kharkov,

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