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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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May 1 83 1 . Here also he was buried by the Russians
next year, after they had exhibited his body (see
p. 133). At a later time Shamyl sent 200 mounted
men there by night, who dug up the body and
brought it back to Ghimri.
The women here in Tarki go about unveiled;
we met many of them in the streets, and could look
upon them without offence; indeed, they were so
"Christian" that one could even photograph them.
The sun blazed ruthlessly down on us, and it
was indeed a hot climb, especially for an invalid.
We kept on steadily mounting through the steep
streets. In the little market-place we were met by
a group of men, among them several of the notables
of the town, who welcomed the Presidents and us
foreigners. But we soon went on with our climb in
the heat. It was pleasant, indeed, to see in a small
square in the street a little basin with clear water
gushing out of two pipes, and a curious stone
erection over it shaped like a beehive; but what
this was for I could not find out. Here the pretty
young girls met and drew water in their metal
pitchers, and men, as pious Mohammedans, per
formed the prescribed foot-washing.
We had to climb still higher ; but then at last we
were right up under the perpendicular mountain
wall over the town, where a lovely, cold, clear
spring came out of the mountain. It was wonderful
to lie stretched on one’s back by this splashing,
cooling water under the shady canopy of leaves,
with a wide view over the town at our feet, right
away over the plain far below us to the blue sea,

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