Across Coveted Lands

or a Journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta Overland

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Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 220,624 / 659 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 2,529
Added to site: 2007.07.23
mnybks.net#: 17699
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Travel

Mr. Savage Lanbor's two volumes deal with his travels over Persia from the Caspian vid Teheran to Ispahan and Kerman, and thence across the Salt Desert to Seistan, whence he made the journey to Nushki and Quetta, of which Mr. Penton and Lord llonaldshay have recently lectured and written. Mr. Landor, however, gives a very detailed account of the route, which should prove of considerable value, and he does not hesitate to criticise the geographical work of some of his predecessors, notably of that distinguished officer, Sir Thomas Holdich, who will, no doubt, prove equal to the task of defending himself.

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e. A corridor runs along the whole train, and for a few kopeks passengers can at any moment procure excellent tea, caviare sandwiches, or other light refreshments from attendants.

Now for the bedding itself. The Russian, who is ever a practical man, carries his own bedding--a couple of sheets, blankets, and small pillow,--a custom infinitely cleaner and more sensible than sleeping in dubious, smelly blankets of which one does not know who has used them before, nor when they were washed last. But if passengers wish, by paying a rouble (two shillings) a night to the guard, bedding is provided by the Railway. There is a fine lavabo at the end of each carriage, with shampoo, hot and cold water, etc. Here, too, by asking the guard, towels are handed over to those passengers who have not brought their own.

Here I may relate another amusing incident. Unable to get at my towels packed in my registered baggage, and ignorant of the Russian language, I inquired of a polyglot fellow-passenger what

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