Six Months in Persia, Volume 2

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Page 79 - They say the Lion and the Lizard keep The Courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep: And Bahram, that great Hunter — the Wild Ass Stamps o'er his Head, but cannot break his Sleep.
Page 5 - ... bleating, as I did, And saw, she hastening on, its hinder feet Struggle, and from her snowy shoulder slip, One shoulder its poor efforts had unveil'd, Then all my passions mingling fell in tears; Restless then ran I to the highest ground To watch her; she was gone ; gone down the tide ; And the long moon-beam on the hard wet sand Lay like a jasper column half uprear'd.
Page 210 - ... buildings are large stone houses of two and three stories, with European shop-fronts. The out-turn of the naphtha springs, upon which VOL. II. P Baku entirely depends, was about a million puds last year, say 160,000 tons, and is increasing yearly. Difficulties of transport hinder the development of the trade to a certain extent, but these will be largely surmounted if the American plan be adopted of solidifying the naphtha and transporting it in that form. Moreover, the Tiflis and Baku railway...
Page 259 - ... assessment which he observed in the area between Furg and Sirjan ; this recalls earlier practices connected with conversion rates.1 He writes that the assessment and distribution of the land revenue was made by reference to a bunicha or imaginary assessment, which, being multiplied by a certain figure, gives the real assessment of the village. The bunicha (or foundation) is usually stated in tomans, and the land-revenue is got by taking so many qirans per qiran, or so many pul per pul, or shahi...
Page 152 - ... built by some flourishing Indian municipality. But the coffee-houses are distinctly Persian. They open on gardens behind, and through the doors can be seen small round tables, samovars, teacups, and qalyans, arranged against a background of green leaves and falling water. Presently one passes a coffeehouse of European fashion, with elegant couches and mirrors, and a drinking-bar. This is a speculation of the Count's, of whom more anon. Then there is a tailor's shop, which might pass for European...
Page 253 - In Marvdasht, the Shiraz and Kavar plains, and Firuzabad, the cultivators are mostly tenants of large non-resident arbabs. They pay twothirds of the crop, or its equivalent in money, as happens to suit the arbab ; and they receive some assistance from him in the matter of seed. Where irrigation depends upon a dam, as in Kavar, it is the arbab who finds the materials to repair the dam in case of need, but the villages furnish the labour.
Page 257 - Deh-i-Nau,in theShiraz plain, pays 400 tomans a year ; so does Fathabad in the Kavar plain ; while Kavar itself, a much larger village than either of them, pays 120 tomans only, and forty kharwars of grain, the kharwar here being 100 Tabriz mans, worth about five tomans. Jawakan pays only 100 tomans, though considerably bigger than Deh-i-Nau ; it lies higher, and the land is not so good.
Page 210 - was about 160,000 tons last year, and is increasing yearly. Difficulties of transport hinder this trade to a certain extent, but these will be largely surmounted if the American plan be adopted. ... At present the naphtha is transported chiefly by water. A hundred and fifty vessels lie in the harbour, mostly schooners of 90 to 200 tons ; but some three-masted steamers belong to the port, the largest being of 1000 tons burden. Nobody can spend half-an-hour in Baku without seeing that it is a very...
Page 79 - Upon the middle of the night, Waking she heard the night-fowl crow : The cock sung out an hour ere light : From the dark fen the oxen's low Came to her : without hope of change, In sleep she seem'd to walk forlorn, Till cold winds woke the gray-eyed morn About the lonely moated grange. She only said, " The day is dreary, He cometh not...
Page 251 - In a country like Persia, where land without water is of comparatively little value, dry land may be brought into cultivation by anybody who will take the trouble and risk of breaking it up and throwing seed into it on the chance of timely rain.

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