A Trip up the Volga to the Fair of Nijni-Novgorod

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byHenry Alexander Munro Butler-johnstone

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. NIJNI-NOVGOROD. TEA, SUGAR, AND IRON. T WILL begin this chapter by observing that any foreigner wishing to see more than the outside shell of this great fair had better come provided with letters of introduction. As a rule, in Russia this is not necessary. Nothing can exceed the courtesy and kind feeling shewn by this amiable nation to all strangers; nevertheless, at such a busy place as is Nijni during the Yarmark, and where so many things lie under the surface, if you wish to see into them a little closely, you may as well arm yourself in the way I have mentioned. Thanks to the kindness of Mr. Michell, the British Consul and Secretary at the Embassy at St. Petersburg, to whom English visitors in Russia are always in so many ways indebted, I was well provided in this respect, and it is to the officials and the merchants to whom I was introduced by them, that I am indebted for most of the facts which I shall now proceed to lay before my readers. I awoke one morning with the rather brilliant idea of attacking the great Yarmark in the flank, and, crossing the Volga in a boat, of carrying by storm one of those tempting-looking tea-merchant's zinofkas which lay as outposts at the northern extremity of the fair. I avoided in this way the Oka's wooden bridge, and I plunged at once into the most interesting part of the Yarmark. It used to be said formerly that tea governed the Yarmark, that it decided the price of every other article sold there, and that no bargain could be effected until its price was decided--and, allowing for the exaggeration of all such general statements, this was true. In the first place tea was incomparably the most important article sold there. Every leaf of tea used in this vast Empire was first brought to Nijni from Kiakhta, and any...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. NIJNI-NOVGOROD. TEA, SUGAR, AND IRON. T WILL begin this chapter by observing that any foreigner wishing to see more than th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021715722X

ISBN - 13:9780217157223

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