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 -  The inhabitants are pale and
squat, and live like beasts, without law, religion, or king. The Tartars
often rob them - Page 620
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The Inhabitants Are Pale And Squat, And Live Like Beasts, Without Law, Religion, Or King.

The Tartars often rob them of their cattle during the dark months; and lest they might lose their way

In these expeditions they ride on mares which have sucking foals, leaving these at the entrance of the country, under a guard; and when they have got possession of any booty, they give the reins to the mares, which make the best of their way to rejoin their foals. In their, long-continued summer[8], these northern people take many of the finest furs, some of which are carried into Russia, which is a great country near that northern land of darkness. The people in Russia have fair complexions, and are Greek Christians, paying tribute to the king of the Tartars in the west, on whom they border. In the eastern parts of Russia there is abundance of fine furs, wax, and mines of silver; and I am told the country reaches to the northern ocean, in which there are islands which abound in falcons and ger-falcons.

[1] This concluding section may be considered as a kind of appendix, in which Marco has placed several unconnected hearsay notices of countries where he never had been personally. - E.

[2] Mandeigascar in the Trevigi edition, and certainly meant for Madagascar. - E.

[3] Madagascar has no pretensions to riches or trade, and never had; so that Marco must have been imposed upon by some Saracen or Arab mariner.

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