On the Road to Tashkent: Reawakening the major civilization of Central Asia: 1 of 2: or, the city state supremacy long before the Silk Road. S. Frederick Starr, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

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Photo: Russian Central Asia : including Kuldja, Bokhara, Khiva and Merv
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Authors: Lansdell, Henry, 1841-1919 Lansdell, Henry, 1841-1919, inscriber. ins
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Publisher: London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
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om-pany him. Then, again, early next morning we weredisturbed by bugle calls for the practising of thesoldiers. Accordingly, when the messengers cameafter breakfast from the Kush-beggi to inquire forour health, and to ask if I had slept well, I repliedthat we had been somewhat disturbed by dogs andwatchmen, but that on the morrow we should like tosee the soldiers practise. Things were better after-wards as regards watchmen and animals, though as Psalm lix. 6. I never had so lively an illustration of this lastfigure as in Constantinople, where every street was monopolized byownerless dogs. They did not obtrude themselves much by day, butat night they are unmercifully severe upon any strange dog that tres-passes into their particular streets, and are not too nice in barking at,if not even attacking, foot passengers t Thereby illustrating The watchmen that went about the city foundme, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls tookaway my vail from me (Cant. v. 7 ; iii. 3).
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On the Road to Tashkent: Reawakening the major civilization of Central Asia: 1 of 2: or, the city state supremacy long before the Silk Road. S. Frederick Starr, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

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