New Russia: Journey from Riga to the Crimea, by Way of Kiev; with Some Account of the Colonization and the Manners and Customs of the Colonists of New Russia. To which are Added, Notes Relating to the Crim Tatars

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Sherwood, Jones and Company, 1823 - Soviet Union - 316 pages
 

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Page 234 - They then began to dye her fingers, her toe-nails, and afterwards her hair, which being tied up, she at last was left to repose. During the whole time I was there, she would not shew her face ; and, in general, I have observed, that if one tells a Tatar girl that it is said she is about to be married, she runs immediately out of the room, and will never speak to a stranger on that subject.
Page 122 - Crimea was a subject of joyful expectation before it took place ; and the mild and conciliating manners of this most powerful monarch, won the hearts of the humblest of his subjects : few there are who do not boast of having seen the Emperor Alexander, and not a few who had the honour to converse with him.
Page 193 - ... population, while the wants and excesses of luxury, among polished nations, strike at its very root. In fact, it is observed, that the people are less numerous under the roofs of the Crimea, and the province of Boodjack, than in the tents of the Noguais. The best calculation we can make, is from a view of the military forces which the cham is able to assemble. We shall soon see this prince raising three armies at the same time ; one of a hundred thousand men, which he commanded in person ; another...
Page 236 - This occupies much time, and during the whole of it, the carriage which contains the bride waits at the distance of nearly half a mile. It is never brought nearer to the party, but the lady's father, or one of her brothers, attends it, in order to see the charge safely executed of delivering her unseen into the house of her husband. The better to effect this, the carriage is hung round with curtains inside, and if the party arrive somewhat early at the village, the vehicle is detained at the entrance...
Page 66 - Antonio, and wear his cap, which is frequently the undoubted means of restoring health, though not in the way that enthusiasm and credulity imagine, but by the simple process of being the cause of their taking unusual exercise in the open air, and exercising also a temperance not habitual to them. I should not omit to mention that St. Antonio...
Page 7 - The most valuable part of the cargo, which is wheat, hemp-seed, &c. is stowed in the centre of the vessel, a space being left around the sides' for the package of those goods which a little wet will -not materially injure, such as hemp, hempen cordage, &c. • This being completed, the vessel is ready to take advantage of the earliest part of the navigable season. As soon as the ice is broken up and clear, the vessel floats with the strong current which succeeds to the removal of the ice, and thirty...
Page 237 - All these are distributed around the room ; even the shifts, being new for the occasion, are hung up with the rest, along the walls of the apartment, forming an extraordinary sort of tapestry. , While this arrangement is taking place, the bridegroom, having parted with most of his guests, begins to prepare for a visit to his bride. Being now washed, shaven, and gaily drest, he is allowed about midnight to see his wife for an hour, at the expiration of which, he is summoned to retire. Throughout the...
Page 67 - ... its aid to help him to the comforts of life. It is reckoned that from sixty to a hundred thousand pilgrims, from all parts of the Russian empire, visit the Monastery a,t Kiev, in one year ; and the revenue the monks derive from the sale of wax Candles, is alone sufficient to furnish food for the establishment.

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