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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH THE CAUCASUS TO THE VOLGA
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and after the great famine of 192 1-2. On that
occasion I had sent Captain Quisling as my repre
sentative to Kharkov to organize and direct our
work. Later, too, the international organization for
helping students had in co-operation with me
established places for meals in Kharkov, where the
many needy students were given their frugal daily
fare.
They were most attractive young women and men,
radiating light-heartedness, health, and strength;
they were bound to have a splendid trip, and to
learn much from it.
At a station farther on wc alighted and the tram
went on with its load of youthful good spirits on its
way to the south, and from the windows their hands
waved good-bye.
Wc were met by a big mounted escort; the men
had come from near and far on their fairly small
but good horses. Several carriages and a motor-car
were awaiting us. Samursky, Korkmazov, and I
drove together in a light carriage over the plain,
surrounded by many mounted men in front, at our
sides, and behind. It was not long before Samursky
also had to take a horse and gallop with them.
The endurance ofthese small horses was remarkable.
Quisling, who was driving in the car, told me that
many of the horsemen galloped the whole way
ahead of it, although it drove quite fast.
Wc came to some oil-wells which the Nobel
Company had formerly tried to work. There were
several towers with borings from that time, and
wc saw oil and water flowing out together from

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