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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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amusement. We were still at the altitude of the border
mountains, Lau-yu-ling ; but beyond the frontier we
began to go downhill ; we had left the Celestial Empire
behind us and were slowly descending to the plains by
the River Sui-fun, which flows into Amiir Bay, an arm
of Peter the Great Bay. There seemed to be fertile
tracts around us here, but darkness had fallen and we
could see little of the country, except the fires here and
there over the fields, where the grass was being burnt off.
In the course of the evening we passed a big burning hay
stack, which had caught fire from the grass. As a rule
the grass is burnt in one, or more often two rings round
every haystack to protect it, but here this had not been
successful. The flames rose high and had a fantastic
look in the black night ; we were able to form an
idea of the sight there must be at night, when the whole
mountain is on fire and the forests burn for days and
weeks.
Towards midnight, three hours late, we came at last
to Vladivostok.

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