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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
Friday, October 3. At 2 a.m. we at last arrived at
Kharbin, three hours late. The Russian General, who is
at the head of the Eastern Chinese line, had been at the
station to receive us, but as he could not wait all night
in uncertainty, we now found as his representative
Baron Harald von Hoiningen Huene. He came from
Esthonia, spoke German as his mother tongue, and said
he had been sent to accompany me to Vladivostok
and to stay with me as long as I might wish. He had
just come back, two days before, from a long stay in
Europe, when the General asked him on the telephone
if he would make this trip with me, and he was ready
at once. There we see Russian hospitality ! A better
and more entertaining travelling companion I could not
have had.
There was something or other wrong with the axles
of our carriage, and on the suggestion of the chief guard
it was decided to leave it here for repairs. Mr. Wourtzel
intended to take two ordinary compartments for us for
the rest of the journey ; but the railway authorities
immediately had another whole carriage coupled to
the train and placed at our disposal for as long as we
wanted it. I must say, one is splendidly treated in this
country.
We now heard that the Governor-General had gone
from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok, and as it was he
whom Wourtzel had to see, the latter decided to go on
with us to Vladivostok, and wc travelled together in
our new carriage.
When I woke and looked out of the window in the
morning we were in a mountain valley with ragged,
uneven rocks running up the sides and quantities of
large stones strewed over the slopes and on the floor
of the valley, so that the river ran through stones
and talus. We were now on the eastward slope of
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