Excerpt from My Life in Mongolia and Siberia: From the Great Wall of China to the Ural Mountains
We journeyed up the pass all that night. The road was very bad, and I made the march on foot, for the jolting of the cart was so great that there was no resting in it. We stopped ... but once at a wayside inn for refreshments, and it was evident that we were now out of China, for the landlord's charge for the ever-refreshing tea was so moderate that I gave him more than his demand, a thing which I had never once done during my sojourn among the rapacious Celestials. As the light was dawning we arrived at the summit of the pass. Here the Chinaman, who had been employed to take the cart up the steep ascent, which a camel would not do, was to leave us, and here we were to be joined by another Mongol with the remainder of the camel train. For some time old Bara had been shouting as we went along, lest we should pass his companion in the darkness at length he appeared; John Chinaman returned with his train, a camel was yoked to the cart, and we proceeded on our way.
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