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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus

A trip through the eastern Caucasus: chapter I: from Tiflis to Nukha,   pp. [1]-29

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south of the Kur were now pale and gray as we 
were gradually receding from the river. The next 
station, Vaziani, was reached at 8.30 a.m., where 
there was a fine view to the south. The extreme 
background was formed by a grand mountain chain, 
tipped with snow, succeeded by lower parallel ranges 
of pale delicate gray. A line of hills of a warm 
ruddy tint filled the nearer middle distance im- 
mediately on the other side of the Kur, while the 
foreground was enlivened with bright patches of 
cultivation and plots of golden maize ready for the 
One of the many boasts of the little commis voyageur 
was, that when travelling he never went to sleep, 
he was always on the alert. On this occasion, how- 
ever, the July sun was too much for him, for before 
we reached Vaziani he had already entered upon his 
first sleep. As a matter of fact he was generally the 
first to lie down, invariably the last to get up in the 
morning. Besides this, he used to sleep while the 
horses were resting, for he was easily knocked up and 
quite unfitted for rough travelling. 
On leaving Vaziani the road immediately ascends, 
and at last we found ourselves on a plateau of black 
earth, partly under cultivation, with a fine range of 
hills in front. The bed of the Kur was now com- 
pletely out of sight, as the river bends away so far to 
the south. A thick belt of poplars and fruit-trees lay 
athwart the road at some distance ahead. Ensconced 
in this verdure stood the German colonies of Mari- 
enthal and Freudenthal, on the banks of the Iora 

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