利电游 The young lord, a most gallant youth, was for fighting to the lastalso; and my old pilot was of opinion that we were able to resistthem all in the situation we were then in. Thus we spent the dayin debates of what we should do; but towards evening we found thatthe number of our enemies still increased, and we did not know butby the morning they might still be a greater number: so I began toinquire of those people we had brought from Tobolski if there wereno private ways by which we might avoid them in the night, andperhaps retreat to some town, or get help to guard us over thedesert. The young lord's Siberian servant told us, if we designedto avoid them, and not fight, he would engage to carry us off inthe night, to a way that went north, towards the river Petruz, bywhich he made no question but we might get away, and the Tartarsnever discover it; but, he said, his lord had told him he would notretreat, but would rather choose to fight. I told him he mistookhis lord: for that he was too wise a man to love fighting for thesake of it; that I knew he was brave enough by what he had showedalready; but that he knew better than to desire seventeen oreighteen men to fight five hundred, unless an unavoidable necessityforced them to it; and that if he thought it possible for us toescape in the night, we had nothing else to do but to attempt it.He answered, if his lordship gave him such orders, he would losehis life if he did not perform it; we soon brought his lord to givethat order, though privately, and we immediately prepared forputting it in practice.
利电游利来电游利电游One of the Scots merchants of Moscow happened to be amongst us; andas soon as he heard the horn, he told us that we had nothing to dobut to charge them without loss of time; and drawing us up in aline, he asked if we were resolved. We told him we were ready tofollow him; so he rode directly towards them. They stood gazing atus like a mere crowd, drawn up in no sort of order at all; but assoon as they saw us advance, they let fly their arrows, whichmissed us, very happily. Not that they mistook their aim, buttheir distance; for their arrows all fell a little short of us, butwith so true an aim, that had we been about twenty yards nearer wemust have had several men wounded, if not killed.
利电游利电游Immediately we halted, and though it was at a great distance, wefired, and sent them leaden bullets for wooden arrows, followingour shot full gallop, to fall in among them sword in hand - for soour bold Scot that led us directed. He was, indeed, but amerchant, but he behaved with such vigour and bravery on thisoccasion, and yet with such cool courage too, that I never saw anyman in action fitter for command. As soon as we came up to them wefired our pistols in their faces and then drew; but they fled inthe greatest confusion imaginable. The only stand any of them madewas on our right, where three of them stood, and, by signs, calledthe rest to come back to them, having a kind of scimitar in theirhands, and their bows hanging to their backs. Our brave commander,without asking anybody to follow him, gallops up close to them, andwith his fusee knocks one of them off his horse, killed the secondwith his pistol, and the third ran away. Thus ended our fight; butwe had this misfortune attending it, that all our mutton we had inchase got away. We had not a man killed or hurt; as for theTartars, there were about five of them killed - how many werewounded we knew not; but this we knew, that the other party were sofrightened with the noise of our guns that they fled, and nevermade any attempt upon us.利来电游利电游利电游We were all this while in the Chinese dominions, and therefore theTartars were not so bold as afterwards; but in about five days weentered a vast wild desert, which held us three days' and nights'march; and we were obliged to carry our water with us in greatleathern bottles, and to encamp all night, just as I have heardthey do in the desert of Arabia. I asked our guides whose dominionthis was in, and they told me this was a kind of border that mightbe called no man's land, being a part of Great Karakathy, or GrandTartary: that, however, it was all reckoned as belonging to China,but that there was no care taken here to preserve it from theinroads of thieves, and therefore it was reckoned the worst desertin the whole march, though we were to go over some much larger.利电游
利电游In passing this frightful wilderness we saw, two or three times,little parties of the Tartars, but they seemed to be upon their ownaffairs, and to have no design upon us; and so, like the man whomet the devil, if they had nothing to say to us, we had nothing tosay to them: we let them go. Once, however, a party of them cameso near as to stand and gaze at us. Whether it was to consider ifthey should attack us or not, we knew not; but when we had passedat some distance by them, we made a rear-guard of forty men, andstood ready for them, letting the caravan pass half a mile orthereabouts before us. After a while they marched off, but theysaluted us with five arrows at their parting, which wounded a horseso that it disabled him, and we left him the next day, poorcreature, in great need of a good farrier. We saw no more arrowsor Tartars that time.利电游利电游详情