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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus
(1889)

Chapter II: from Nukha to Akhti,   pp. 30-51


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30 A TRIP THROUGH THE EASTERN CAUCASUS. 
CHAPTER II. 
FROM NUKHA TO AKHTT. 
Shin-Crossing the Main Chain-Bivouac at the Summit-The 
Dogs-A Caravanserai-Burj-Musie-Khnoi-The Needless 
Alarm of the " Incubus "-Tunnel-Women's Work-Akhti- 
Its Hot Springs-Transfer of Disease by Rags-Visit to the 
Russian Governor. 
NUKHA, Tuly 8th.-About 6.30 a.m. the expedition, 
headed by old Ma'amed, began to file out of the 
double gateway in front of our quarters. The baggage 
was so light that all could be packed into four pairs of 
saddle-bags, and carried by the four horses in addition 
to their riders. After traversing a couple of lanes we 
struck the road by which we had entered the town 
five nights before, and could now see what we bad 
missed during the darkness. To the left lay a wide 
stretch of plain, partly under cultivation, and dotted 
with villages. On the right we had the more or less 
wooded outliers of the main chain, which I hoped to 
pass before night. It soon began to get very hot, 
and old Ma'amed hoisted his umbrella to shield his 
lean, rugged, patriarchal features from the too ardent 
rays of the sun. He was mounted on a rough moun- 
tain pony that knew how to amble steadily along at 
the rate of five miles an hour. He made a very good 


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