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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THE USSURI REGION
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upon Grieg and Ibsen, played by a German and an
Italian. Truly the world is no longer a big place.
Monday, October 6. Wc spent the night on board
the steamer belonging to the Amiir line, where there was
plenty of room and every comfort. The boat was
named after Mr. Wourtzel. Early next morning wc
steamed down the Amiir, while Khabarovsk lay before
us in the morning sun. The town is finely situated on
several heights, at the confluence of the two great
rivers, Amiir and Ussiiri. It is of medium size ; in 1908
it had 34,452 inhabitants, excluding the garrison, and
of these 15,482 men and 9431 women were Russians.
In 1910, the population was estimated at 51,500. As
everywhere in this part of the East, the women form
a small minority.
As wc steamed down past the river bank with the
public park alongside of us, and the statue of the founder
of the town, Count Muraviev Amurskiy, on the high
point immediately above us, it struck me forcibly
that here again this broad and mighty river had high
steep banks on its right side, while on the left were
spread flat islands and low plains. These are something
in the nature of a delta formation, due to the confluence
of the great rivers, the Ussuri on one side of the Amiir
and the Tungiiska on the other.
Our object was to see the building of the great
bridge which is to cross the Amiir a little below Khaba
rovsk. It will be, so far as I know, the second longest
bridge in the world, the Forth Bridge being a little
longer. It will be 7827 feet long, and will have nineteen
piers. Five of these are being temporarily built of
wood, while fourteen are of ferro-concrete from the start.
On the islands, where several of these piers are being
built, there is a regular town of good, comfortable
timber houses for the workmen. This town has grown

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