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Identifier: siberiaexilesyst02kennuoft
Title: Siberia and the exile system
Year: 1891 (1890s)
Authors: Kennan, George, 1845-1924
Subjects: Siberia (Russia) -- Description and travel
Publisher: new York : Century
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN


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investigations in a narrowlyrestricted and uninteresting department of entomology.Thursday forenoon we hired a peculiar Russian variety ofIrish jaunting-car, known in Siberia as a dalgushka, and setout for Kiakhta, where we intended to call upon a wealthyRussian tea-merchant named Lushnikof, who had beenrecommended to us by friends in Irkutsk. Troitskosavsk, Kiakhta, and Maimachin are situated in ashallow and rather desolate valley, beside a small streamthat falls into the Selenga River. The nearly parallel andgenerally bare ridges that form this valley limit the visionin every direction except to the southward, where, over thehousetops and gray wooden walls of Maimachin, one may A RIDE THROUGH THE TRANS-BAIKAL 103 catch a glimpse of blue, hazy mountains far away in Mon-golia. Kiakhta, which stands on the border-line betweenMongolia and Siberia, does not appear at first sight to beanything more than a large, prosperous village. It con- ow PJ >pi o *3 a > a 3 a B H -1 H P1 -3 2 3

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tains a greater number of comfortable-looking two-storylog dwelling-houses than are to be found in most East-Si-berian villages, and it has one or two noticeable churchesof the Russo-Greek type with white walls and belfriessurmounted by colored or gilded domes; but one would 104 SIBEEIA never suppose it to be the most important commercial pointin Eastern Siberia. Through Kiakhta, nevertheless, passinto or out of Mongolia every year Russian and Chineseproducts to the value of from twenty to thirty millionrubles ($10,000,000 to $15,000,000). Nearly all of the fa-mous overland tea consumed in Russia is brought acrossMongolia in caravans from northern China, enters the Em-pire through Kiakhta, and after being carefully repackedand sewn up in raw hides is transported across Siberia adistance of nearly four thousand miles to St. Petersburg,Moscow, or the great annual fair of Nizhni Novgorod.Through Kiakhta are also imported into Russia silks,crapes, and other distinctively Chinese products,


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bookid:siberiaexilesyst02kennuoft bookyear:1891 bookdecade:1890 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Kennan__George__1845_1924 booksubject:Siberia__Russia_____Description_and_travel bookpublisher:new_York___Century bookcontributor:Robarts___University_of_Toronto booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:118 bookcollection:robarts bookcollection:toronto

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