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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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and weigh as much as ij kilogrammes. There are
several smaller kinds of herring found in still
greater quantities. The quantity of herrings tåken
yearly in the Caspian and in the Volga is very
great, and they are sold over the whole of Russia.
Although these varieties may not come up in
quality to our own herring, they make an excellent
food for the people.
One of the trawlers just happened to be afloat,
a large rowing-boat with an imposing long steering
oar. There were many boats ofthe same kind ashore,
and they looked as if they were strong and well
built craft. But wc could not tarry too long; our
trip took us farther over the plain, and wc were to
see some estates that are being worked now by the
State. The sun scorched us ruthlessly, the heat was
overpowrering, and added to this was the constant
jolting on the uneven road; it was, indeed, trying.
The plain wc were here driving over seemed to
have a particularly fruitful soil, although it was
now half desert owing to the want of water, but in
between were marshy, undrained stretches, which
evidently were hotbeds of malaria ; and there were
other tracts of tangled wilderness. The road was in
many places almost impassable. For us driving in a
carriage it was still practicable ; for the car it was
worse : often it stuck fast in the boggy ground,
and had to be pulled out again; until it stuck
quite fast, and those in it had to be driven in a
carriage, while the car went home again as soon as
it was got out. The buffaloes lay as deep in the
water-holes as they could.

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