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Identifier: orientalwesterns00atki
Title: Oriental and western Siberia: a narrative of seven years' explorations and adventures in Siberia, Mongolia the Kirghis steppes, Chinese Tartary, and part of Central Asia
Year: 1858 (1850s)
Authors: Atkinson, Thomas Witlam, 1799-1861
Subjects: Kyrgyz
Publisher: London : Hurst and Blackett
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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es the fish were gazing at the light,when he struck at a large one, failed in his aim, andwent down amongst the fishes, to the great amusementof all present. We were under no apprehension for him,as he could swim like a duck. About ten oclock we reached a village, at which wehad slept on our way to the Mrassa, and here we remainedthe night. Our voyage was continued the next morning,and in the afternoon we arrived at a village, where carriageswere waiting to convey us to the silver-mines at Salaier.The route was one we had traversed before, and presentednothing of interest. We passed over a country with lowrounded hills, almost destitute of wood, and reached theiron-works at Goorieovsky, which belong to the Crown ;here they make pig and bar-iron, but not in large quantitiesat present, as the new buildings are not yet completed.The officer who had charoe of these works was an ac-quaintance I had made on Scene Gora, in the Oural; sincewhen we have spent much profitable time together, for

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GOLDEN LAKE. ;36;j I found him a most worthy fellow. My companion havinginspected the works, we travelled on to Salaier, andvisited the silver-mines. Large quantities of ore have beenobtained in these mines for a long series of years. Some ofit is procured from a great depth, and in other parts the oreis worked as in a stone quarry, at from twenty-five to fiftyfeet below the surface. It is not smelted on the spot, buttransported in small carts to the smelting-works at Barnaoul,Pavlovsky, and Goorieovsky. Salaier is a pretty place on one of the spurs of theAltai, which runs down into the low country betweenTomsk and Kolyvan. To the south there are pine-coveredhills, extending over a considerable tract, while to thenorth there is very little wood. A few versts from themines, a bed of coal has been discovered, which is nowbeing tried in the Zavod; should this prove good, itwill be of great value, as wood has to be brought froma distance of fifty and sixty versts to some of the smelt-ing-

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Date: 2014-07-28 07:51:16
bookid:orientalwesterns00atki bookyear:1858 bookdecade:1850 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Atkinson__Thomas_Witlam__1799_1861 booksubject:Kyrgyz bookpublisher:London___Hurst_and_Blackett bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries booksponsor:Internet_Archive bookleafnumber:389 bookcollection:cdl bookcollection:americana

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