The Most Remarkable Year in the Life of Augustus Von Kotzebue: Containing an Account of His Exile Into Siberia, and of the Other Extraordinary Events which Happened to Him in Russia, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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R. Phillips, 1802 - Soviet Union
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Page 94 - These men, turning their backs on the company, apply their right hands to their mouths, to improve the sound of their voices, and make as loud a noise as possible in one corner of the room. This was the salutation given to every guest on his entering the house. An immense table groaned under the weight of twenty dishes ; but I could see neither plates nor chairs for the accommodation of the company. The whole had the appearance of a breakfast. The principal dishes were of different kinds of fish,...
Page 155 - Kazan was the sole cause of his exile. Then there were companies of robbers chained in couples, among which were several women, marching on foot to the mines. These were escorted by parties of armed peasants, who were relieved from village to village. Some of them had forked pieces of wood fastened about their necks, the handles of which hung over their breasts and fell down to their knees. In these handles were two holes, through which their hands were thrust. His first experiences of the dreaded...
Page 94 - ... at the festival of his patron saint, which in Russia is a more important celebration than even a birthday, and at which all the principal people of the place were to be present, afforded him a curious picture of Kurgan manners. As he enters the house he is stunned by the noise of five men, who are called singers. " These men, turning their backs to the company, apply their right hands to their mouths to improve the sound of their voices, and make as loud a noise as possible in one corner of the...
Page 93 - He came to me early in the morning, and invited me to his house, where, he said, I should meet all the principal people of the place. I went, and on my arrival was stunned by the noise of five men, whom they called singers.
Page 68 - Europe so many rooks in one flight as he saw wild fowl of a hundred different sorts in droves in this country. Some were very small ; some had round, others flat beaks ; some long and others short ones. There were short legs, long legs ; gray, brown, black and yellow beaks. Woodcocks were equally numenessed.
Page 259 - You" know the world too well," said the Emperor, "to be a stranger to the political events of the day, and therefore you must know in what manner I have figured in them. I have often acted like a fool, and it is just I should be punished, therefore I have imposed a chastisement upon myself. I wish" — showing him a paper — " that this should be inserted in the Hamburg Gazette, and in other public prints.
Page 156 - Angara.* At others, she saw troops of emigrants, who were destined to people the new city, which was building, by the Emperor's order, on the confines of China; some on foot, and others on the cars which conveyed the animals, poultry, and...
Page 121 - ... assistance. One of them was a sort of carpenter. I stopped before his door, and learning that the repairs would take up three hours, I desired my servant to make some tea. The inside of the Tartar houses being very dirty, I preferred passing the evening, which was exceedingly fine, before the door ; and having procured a table and a chair, I began to open my travelling .trunk to take out what was necessary to make my tea. Curiosity had drawn all the inhabitants of the village about me, who seemed...
Page 128 - Tsuchon,* which is bestowed on the wretched inhabitants of the north of the Baltic. They are used in the most cruel and ignominious manner. When any accident happens to 'a Russian on the road, he claims, as the bounden duty of a slave, the assistance of the first Tartar he meets, without condescending either to pay or thank him for his service. They even ridicule his prophet during the very time the man is at work for them, and while they themselves remain idle lookers-on. I have been * The true...
Page 190 - I had suffered : the enjoyment of this one moment over balanced it all. With, the assistance of my friend, I had placed my wife on the only chair •the room afforded. Kneeling down and hiding my face in her lap, I wept such tears as I had never wept before, and waited till her senses should return. She .recovered, and hanging affectionately -over me, mingled her tears with mine. My friend walked silently about the...

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