必赢The third day they had either found their mistake, or hadintelligence of us, and came pouring in upon us towards dusk. Wehad, to our great satisfaction, just pitched upon a convenientplace for our camp; for as we had just entered upon a desert abovefive hundred miles over, where we had no towns to lodge at, and,indeed, expected none but the city Jarawena, which we had yet twodays march to; the desert, however, had some few woods in it onthis side, and little rivers, which ran all into the great riverUdda; it was in a narrow strait, between little but very thickwoods, that we pitched our camp that night, expecting to beattacked before morning. As it was usual for the Mogul Tartars togo about in troops in that desert, so the caravans always fortifythemselves every night against them, as against armies of robbers;and it was, therefore, no new thing to be pursued. But we had thisnight a most advantageous camp: for as we lay between two woods,with a little rivulet running just before our front, we could notbe surrounded, or attacked any way but in our front or rear. Wetook care also to make our front as strong as we could, by placingour packs, with the camels and horses, all in a line, on the insideof the river, and felling some trees in our rear.亚洲必赢国际437app国际
亚洲In this posture we encamped for the night; but the enemy was uponus before we had finished. They did not come on like thieves, aswe expected, but sent three messengers to us, to demand the men tobe delivered to them that had abused their priests and burned theiridol, that they might burn them with fire; and upon this, theysaid, they would go away, and do us no further harm, otherwise theywould destroy us all. Our men looked very blank at this message,and began to stare at one another to see who looked with the mostguilt in their faces; but nobody was the word - nobody did it. Theleader of the caravan sent word he was well assured that it was notdone by any of our camp; that we were peaceful merchants,travelling on our business; that we had done no harm to them or toany one else; and that, therefore, they must look further for theenemies who had injured them, for we were not the people; so theydesired them not to disturb us, for if they did we should defendourselves.必赢亚洲必赢国际437app国际They were far from being satisfied with this for an answer: and agreat crowd of them came running down in the morning, by break ofday, to our camp; but seeing us so well posted, they durst come nofarther than the brook in our front, where they stood in suchnumber as to terrify us very much; indeed, some spoke of tenthousand. Here they stood and looked at us a while, and then,setting up a great howl, let fly a crowd of arrows among us; but wewere well enough sheltered under our baggage, and I do not rememberthat one of us was hurt.亚洲必赢Some time after this we saw them move a little to our right, andexpected them on the rear: when a cunning fellow, a Cossack ofJarawena, calling to the leader of the caravan, said to him, "Iwill send all these people away to Sibeilka." This was a city fouror five days journey at least to the right, and rather behind us.So he takes his bow and arrows, and getting on horseback, he ridesaway from our rear directly, as it were back to Nertsinskay; afterthis he takes a great circuit about, and comes directly on the armyof the Tartars as if he had been sent express to tell them a longstory that the people who had burned the Cham Chi-Thaungu were goneto Sibeilka, with a caravan of miscreants, as he called them - thatis to say, Christians; and that they had resolved to burn the godScal-Isar, belonging to the Tonguses. As this fellow was himself aTartar, and perfectly spoke their language, he counterfeited sowell that they all believed him, and away they drove in a violenthurry to Sibeilka. In less than three hours they were entirely outof our sight, and we never heard any more of them, nor whether theywent to Sibeilka or no. So we passed away safely on to Jarawena,where there was a Russian garrison, and there we rested five days.
国际亚洲From this city we had a frightful desert, which held us twenty-three days march. We furnished ourselves with some tents here,for the better accommodating ourselves in the night; and the leaderof the caravan procured sixteen waggons of the country, forcarrying our water or provisions, and these carriages were ourdefence every night round our little camp; so that had the Tartarsappeared, unless they had been very numerous indeed, they would nothave been able to hurt us. We may well be supposed to have wantedrest again after this long journey; for in this desert we neithersaw house nor tree, and scarce a bush; though we saw abundance ofthe sable-hunters, who are all Tartars of Mogul Tartary; of whichthis country is a part; and they frequently attack small caravans,but we saw no numbers of them together.必赢The Englishmen inquired when they had had a feast of that kind; andthey told them about two moons ago, pointing to the moon and to twofingers; and that their great king had two hundred prisoners now,which he had taken in his war, and they were feeding them to makethem fat for the next feast. The Englishmen seemed mighty desirousof seeing those prisoners; but the others mistaking them, thoughtthey were desirous to have some of them to carry away for their owneating. So they beckoned to them, pointing to the setting of thesun, and then to the rising; which was to signify that the nextmorning at sunrising they would bring some for them; andaccordingly the next morning they brought down five women andeleven men, and gave them to the Englishmen to carry with them ontheir voyage, just as we would bring so many cows and oxen down toa seaport town to victual a ship.详情