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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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YENISEISK TO KRASNOYARSK AND BEYOND

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and it was a fine thing to see their keenness and pro
ficiencyat the game. After saying good-bye to this body of
congenial young men and their interested and pleasant
masters, we visited the excellent municipal museum,
where we were received with ceremony by the staff and
directors. It contains valuable collections of different
kinds, in the departments of natural history, archæology,
ethnology, etc. It was the last named that claimed
my chief interest for the moment, especially the collec
tions from the Yenisei-Ostiaks, Tunguses, Samoyedes
and other peoples ; and under the skilled guidance of
the museum staff I here learned, in the fading day
light, a great deal about the past and present of the
country.
Sunday, September 28. Next day came the meeting
of the Geographical Society. I told them about our
voyage, showed my slides and spoke of the prospects of
regular navigation through the Kara Sea to the Yenisei
estuary. Vostrotin was again kind enough to interpret.
The cordial and interested way in which we were re
ceived by the large audience gave me, perhaps, a more
vivid impression than anything else had done of the
great importance attached in this part of Siberia to the
future development of the maritime connexion with
Europe. Nor is this to be wondered at ; in spite of the
railway they feel that their most important products are
shut in, and it gives them a bright hope for the future
if they can find an outlet for them in this way. And
it must be said that these great rivers seem to be made
for the traffic ; the transport of goods down them is
extremely easy, and they all point northward to the
Arctic Ocean as the solution. Thus it was that the town
received us so well, merely because we had tåken part
in this voyage as guests, without any idea that we were
doing a meritorious thing.

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