Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland - Vol. 2

Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland - Vol. 2

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Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland - Vol. 2

Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland - Vol. 2

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Choice of a Conveyance. -- Hiring a Servant. -- Another American. -- Beginning of Troubles. -- A Bivouac. -- Russian Jews. -- The Steppes of Russia. -- A Traveller's Story. -- Approach to Chioff. -- How to get rid of a Servant. -- History of Chioff.

I HAD before me a journey of nearly two thousand miles, through a country more than half barbarous, and entirely destitute of all accommodation for travellers. Southern Russia was the Scythia of Darius, "savage from the remotest time." "All the way," says an old traveller, "I never came in a house, but lodged in the wilderness by the river side, and carried provisions by the way, for there be small succour in those parts;" and we were advised that a century had made but little change in the interior of the empire. There were no public conveyances, and we had our choice of three modes of travelling; first, by a Jew's wagon, in which the traveller stretches out his bed, and is trundled along like a bale of goods, always with the same horses, and tberere, of necessity, making slow progress; secondly, the char d poste, a mere box of wood on four wbeels with straw in the bottom; very fast, but to be changed always with the posthorses; and, thirdly, posting with our own carriage. We did not hesitate long in choos-

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