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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
arrival at a journey’s end, be it at the tent through
the driving snow, at the mountain hut with its open
fire through the fog and ram, or at a palace like this
after the long shaking on the road.
Friday, September 26. The first thing to be done
next day was to arrange about lantern-slides for the
lecture. I had developed most of my negatives on the
Correct and on the Omul, where the bathroom had been
turned into a dark room for Vostrotin and me. One
of the curators of the Krasnoyarsk museum undertook
to prepare slides from the negatives I chose, and he did
it extremely well. Then I had to find a shop for photo
graphic supplies, where I could get fresh films and
plates for my cameras to last for the rest of the journey;
most of those I had brought were already used. That
too was easily managed, with Vostrotin’s help. The
next thing was to find a bank and get some money—
and then there was some necessary replenishing of my
wardrobe, which after so much knocking about was not
in the best of order.
Vostrotin then took me for a drive and showed me
the sights of the town. We saw the cathedral of the
Nativity, which presents a fine appearance from all sides,
with its lofty towers and gilded domes. The gold-mine
proprietors of Krasnoyarsk began the erection of the
church in 1843, but in 1849 the vaulting fell in, and the
wealthy mine-owner Shchegoliov built it up again and
decorated it at a cost of about £50,000. When a rich
Siberian wishes to do something for his country, he builds
a church. We also visited the public park, which passes
for the largest in Siberia. It was autumn now of course,
and the flowers were gone, but there were many sorts of
trees, conifers, birches, and others, and it was easy to
guess that this must be a delightful place in summer,
when everything was in full bloom. The town has broad,
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