腾信国际 We slept little, but spent the most part of the night instrengthening our situation, and barricading the entrances into thewood, and keeping a strict watch. We waited for daylight, and whenit came, it gave us a very unwelcome discovery indeed; for theenemy, who we thought were discouraged with the reception they metwith, were now greatly increased, and had set up eleven or twelvehuts or tents, as if they were resolved to besiege us; and thislittle camp they had pitched upon the open plain, about three-quarters of a mile from us. I confess I now gave myself over forlost, and all that I had; the loss of my effects did not lie sonear me, though very considerable, as the thoughts of falling intothe hands of such barbarians at the latter end of my journey, afterso many difficulties and hazards as I had gone through, and even insight of our port, where we expected safety and deliverance. As tomy partner, he was raging, and declared that to lose his goodswould be his ruin, and that he would rather die than be starved,and he was for fighting to the last drop.
腾信国际腾信国际腾信国际The company was very great, and, as near as I can remember, madebetween three and four hundred horses, and upwards of one hundredand twenty men, very well armed and provided for all events; for asthe Eastern caravans are subject to be attacked by the Arabs, soare these by the Tartars. The company consisted of people ofseveral nations, but there were above sixty of them merchants orinhabitants of Moscow, though of them some were Livonians; and toour particular satisfaction, five of them were Scots, who appearedalso to be men of great experience in business, and of very goodsubstance.
腾信国际腾信国际When we had travelled one day's journey, the guides, who were fivein number, called all the passengers, except the servants, to agreat council, as they called it. At this council every onedeposited a certain quantity of money to a common stock, for thenecessary expense of buying forage on the way, where it was nototherwise to be had, and for satisfying the guides, getting horses,and the like. Here, too, they constituted the journey, as theycall it, viz. they named captains and officers to draw us all up,and give the word of command, in case of an attack, and give everyone their turn of command; nor was this forming us into order anymore than what we afterwards found needful on the way.腾信国际腾信国际腾信国际The road all on this side of the country is very populous, and isfull of potters and earth-makers - that is to say, people, thattemper the earth for the China ware. As I was coming along, ourPortuguese pilot, who had always something or other to say to makeus merry, told me he would show me the greatest rarity in all thecountry, and that I should have this to say of China, after all theill-humoured things that I had said of it, that I had seen onething which was not to be seen in all the world beside. I was veryimportunate to know what it was; at last he told me it was agentleman's house built with China ware. "Well," says I, "are notthe materials of their buildings the products of their own country,and so it is all China ware, is it not?" - "No, no," says he, "Imean it is a house all made of China ware, such as you call it inEngland, or as it is called in our country, porcelain." - "Well,"says I, "such a thing may be; how big is it? Can we carry it in abox upon a camel? If we can we will buy it." - "Upon a camel!"says the old pilot, holding up both his hands; "why, there is afamily of thirty people lives in it."腾信国际
腾信国际I was then curious, indeed, to see it; and when I came to it, itwas nothing but this: it was a timber house, or a house built, aswe call it in England, with lath and plaster, but all thisplastering was really China ware - that is to say, it was plasteredwith the earth that makes China ware. The outside, which the sunshone hot upon, was glazed, and looked very well, perfectly white,and painted with blue figures, as the large China ware in Englandis painted, and hard as if it had been burnt. As to the inside,all the walls, instead of wainscot, were lined with hardened andpainted tiles, like the little square tiles we call galley-tiles inEngland, all made of the finest china, and the figures exceedingfine indeed, with extraordinary variety of colours, mixed withgold, many tiles making but one figure, but joined so artificially,the mortar being made of the same earth, that it was very hard tosee where the tiles met. The floors of the rooms were of the samecomposition, and as hard as the earthen floors we have in use inseveral parts of England; as hard as stone, and smooth, but notburnt and painted, except some smaller rooms, like closets, whichwere all, as it were, paved with the same tile; the ceiling and allthe plastering work in the whole house were of the same earth; and,after all, the roof was covered with tiles of the same, but of adeep shining black. This was a China warehouse indeed, truly andliterally to be called so, and had I not been upon the journey, Icould have stayed some days to see and examine the particulars ofit. They told me there were fountains and fishponds in the garden,all paved on the bottom and sides with the same; and fine statuesset up in rows on the walks, entirely formed of the porcelainearth, burnt whole.腾信国际腾信国际详情