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Across Coveted Lands, Vol. 2 of 2: Or a Journey From Flushing (Holland) To Calcutta, Overland (Classic Reprint)

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ISBN: 9781331883562
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-07-31
Number of pages: 618
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Excerpt from Across Coveted Lands, Vol. 2 of 2: Or a Journey From Flushing (Holland) To Calcutta, Overland

A delay was predicted on all hands of at least a month or two in Kerman before I could possibly obtain camels to cross the desert in any direction towards the east. The tantalising trials of arranging a caravan were not small.

I offered to purchase camels, but no camel driver could be induced to accompany me. Offers of treble pay and bakshish had no effect, and I found myself in a serious dilemma when a camel man appeared on the scene. His high terms were then and there accepted, everything that he asked for was conceded, when suddenly, probably believing that all this was too good to come true, he backed out of the bargain and positively refused to go. Had I chosen to go by the southern route, skirting the desert (via Barn, the difficulty would not have been so great, but that route is very easy, and had been followed by several Europeans at different times, and I declined to go that way.

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