亿电竞亿电竞亿电竞It was the beginning of June when I left this remote place. Wewere now reduced to a very small caravan, having only thirty-twohorses and camels in all, which passed for mine, though my newguest was proprietor of eleven of them. It was natural also that Ishould take more servants with me than I had before; and the younglord passed for my steward; what great man I passed for myself Iknow not, neither did it concern me to inquire. We had here theworst and the largest desert to pass over that we met with in ourwhole journey; I call it the worst, because the way was very deepin some places, and very uneven in others; the best we had to sayfor it was, that we thought we had no troops of Tartars or robbersto fear, as they never came on this side of the river Oby, or atleast very seldom; but we found it otherwise.
亿电竞亿电竞My young lord had a faithful Siberian servant, who was perfectlyacquainted with the country, and led us by private roads, so thatwe avoided coming into the principal towns and cities upon thegreat road, such as Tumen, Soloy Kamaskoy, and several others;because the Muscovite garrisons which are kept there are verycurious and strict in their observation upon travellers, andsearching lest any of the banished persons of note should maketheir escape that way into Muscovy; but, by this means, as we werekept out of the cities, so our whole journey was a desert, and wewere obliged to encamp and lie in our tents, when we might have hadvery good accommodation in the cities on the way; this the younglord was so sensible of, that he would not allow us to lie abroadwhen we came to several cities on the way, but lay abroad himself,with his servant, in the woods, and met us always at the appointedplaces.亿电竞亿电竞亿电竞We had just entered Europe, having passed the river Kama, which inthese parts is the boundary between Europe and Asia, and the firstcity on the European side was called Soloy Kamaskoy, that is, thegreat city on the river Kama. And here we thought to see someevident alteration in the people; but we were mistaken, for as wehad a vast desert to pass, which is near seven hundred miles longin some places, but not above two hundred miles over where wepassed it, so, till we came past that horrible place, we found verylittle difference between that country and Mogul Tartary. Thepeople are mostly pagans; their houses and towns full of idols; andtheir way of living wholly barbarous, except in the cities andvillages near them, where they are Christians, as they callthemselves, of the Greek Church: but have their religion mingledwith so many relics of superstition, that it is scarce to be knownin some places from mere sorcery and witchcraft.亿电竞
亿电竞In passing this forest (after all our dangers were, to ourimagination, escaped), I thought, indeed, we must have beenplundered and robbed, and perhaps murdered, by a troop of thieves:of what country they were I am yet at a loss to know; but they wereall on horseback, carried bows and arrows, and were at first aboutforty-five in number. They came so near to us as to be within twomusket-shot, and, asking no questions, surrounded us with theirhorses, and looked very earnestly upon us twice; at length, theyplaced themselves just in our way; upon which we drew up in alittle line, before our camels, being not above sixteen men in all.Thus drawn up, we halted, and sent out the Siberian servant, whoattended his lord, to see who they were; his master was the morewilling to let him go, because he was not a little apprehensivethat they were a Siberian troop sent out after him. The man cameup near them with a flag of truce, and called to them; but thoughhe spoke several of their languages, or dialects of languagesrather, he could not understand a word they said; however, aftersome signs to him not to come near them at his peril, the fellowcame back no wiser than he went; only that by their dress, he said,he believed them to be some Tartars of Kalmuck, or of theCircassian hordes, and that there must be more of them upon thegreat desert, though he never heard that any of them were seen sofar north before.亿电竞亿电竞My very soul shrunk within me, and my blood ran chill in my veins,when I saw this; and, I believe, had the three English sailors thatpursued them come on, I had made our men kill them all; however, wetook some means to let the poor flying creatures know that we wouldnot hurt them; and immediately they came up to us, and kneelingdown, with their hands lifted up, made piteous lamentation to us tosave them, which we let them know we would: whereupon they creptall together in a huddle close behind us, as for protection. Ileft my men drawn up together, and, charging them to hurt nobody,but, if possible, to get at some of our people, and see what devilit was possessed them, and what they intended to do, and to commandthem off; assuring them that if they stayed till daylight theywould have a hundred thousand men about their ears: I say I leftthem, and went among those flying people, taking only two of ourmen with me; and there was, indeed, a piteous spectacle among them.Some of them had their feet terribly burned with trampling andrunning through the fire; others their hands burned; one of thewomen had fallen down in the fire, and was very much burned beforeshe could get out again; and two or three of the men had cuts intheir backs and thighs, from our men pursuing; and another was shotthrough the body and died while I was there.详情