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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. The terrible act of retribution inflicted upon Russool Mozirib, was no sooner accomplished than the Mushir returned to the women, from whom he ascertained the fate that had befallen the frozen men, in the pass of the Darkened Heart. The description sufficed to show that these were his brother and companions, whom he had come forth to seek. Half the troop was therefore dispatched to inter the bodies, whilst the other half loaded the camels and horses, placed the women in the panniers, and proceeded to drive us towards the valley. This we reached about the hour of fourth prayer, on the following evening, and encamped upon one of those lovely eminences, which connect the genial valleys of Chumla and Punjcorra with the bases of the surrounding mountains. The first village we traversed, on resuming our march, belonged to the tribe of the frozen warriors, where the whole population was thrown into fearful consternation, by the intelligence of their fate. Even the women, who are more rigidly secluded in the Eusofyze districts, than in any other part of Afghanistan, shrouded themselves in their borkhas (hooded mantles, ) and sallied forth, tearing their garments, and uniting their lamentations with those of the elders and boys. After restoring to the families of the defunct such arms and property as had been collected by Abdoul Ali, we continued our route, and, at the end of two farsangs, approached a small town, of which one quarter was inhabited by the clan under the sway of the Mushir, our chief captor. The Eusofyze villages are commonly inhabited by two or more distinct clans, independent of each-other and governed by their own Mushir; thus forming a multitude of democratic divisions under the sway of higher chiefs called...
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