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CHAPTER XVII.

Arrival of a Chinownik — An evening party - Letters

from home-A maid-servant-Special commission-
Official insubordination Search for mammoth bones
- Josephine's marriage - Authoress transferred to
Saratov— Preparations for the journey–Noble con-
duct of the Berezovians-Farewell

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REVELATIONS OF SIBERIA.

CHAPTER I.

Fabulous account of the bear Degeneracy of the

Russians, and courage of the natives-Bear-huntingSuperstitious veneration of the bear-White bearsCeremonial observance of a husband's death-Winter aspect of Berezov-Ostiak costume-Probability of early communication between Siberia and North America.

From the moment of the rumoured appearance of the terrible Bruin in this vicinity, nobody dared to stir beyond the precincts of the town; and whoever happened to possess a black cow was in extreme trepidation for the safety of his cattle. Still no one was bold enough to make

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