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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
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wolf and fox ; but for days these hunters may wander
through the forest without being able to find anything
to bring home to an empty tent, where many hungry
mouths are waiting. Hunting for fur animals is what
gives them most money to buy food from the trader
in the nearest village ; but it has declined, and has not
brought in much the last few years ; last winter the
squirrels had practically disappeared. If, then, the
fishing also fails, there is not much with which to pay
the trader for meal and other things. Nor can they
afford to keep good nets and seines, so that the fishing
becomes uncertain. Sturgeon they have to catch with
the hook, but it is not a very paying way of fishing, nor
one that can be reckoned on. Just now they seemed to
be catching birds as much as fishing.
Loris-Melikov got a good many words of their
peculiar language written down ; as already mentioned,
it is entirely different from all the other languages of
Siberia. As we went aboard, they accompanied us
in their boats, to receive payment for what we had
bought and to stare at our boat and all our tackle.

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