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By Sir George Scott Robertson

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W'ine-presses will stand idle. Austerity could be cultivated. The wild, frank gestures of the elders may be curbed to disciplined and decorous activities. Self-righteousness and non secular satisfaction will supplant picturesque ceremonial and good-humoured tolerance.

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The Káfirs of the Hindu-Kush

Excerpt from The Káfirs of the Hindu-KushW'ine-presses will stand idle. Austerity could be cultivated. The wild, frank gestures of the elders might be curbed to disciplined and decorous hobbies. Self-righteousness and religious delight will supplant picturesque ceremonial and good-humoured tolerance. in regards to the PublisherForgotten Books publishes millions of infrequent and vintage books.

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As the people of down to wait at some fields. to misunder- come back and found people KAFIR SHYNESS woman Presently a Kafir with extremely rough and dirty hair, but rather pretty for clothed in ii an oldish woman, and dark brown tunic edged with a red, a small cotton cap on the back of her head, and greeted all the Kt'ifirs with came up warmly, but without taking the least notice of me, although she could have never seen a "Frank" young man, her life. Shortly afterwards a son, also appeared he was attired simply before in her ; in a goatskin, the hairy side outward, and restrained at the waist by a leather strap girdle, which also supported He a dagger.

For four miles we tramped up the rough bed of a mountain torrent with very fortunate, as we had water in little which was it, and recross the stream con- to cross had been necessary to leave my pony behind and the weather was extremely hot. We then tinually. It at Utziin, up the steep track which runs through the pine woods to the top of the Patkun Pass, started, all together, but very soon we were two in parties ; one, headed by Torag Merak, consisting of about a dozen ahead getting along as fast as man, find that this old me Dan Malik and the other, consisting of ; as easily, the we Kdfirs, well could.

Misfortunes was the fact that, with the exception of a light pair of lawn-tennis shoes, which I was wearing was at the time, every pair of boots I possessed lost in the river. Shermalik some of his treasures lost They were, of course, ultimately replaced by me, but, at the moment, he was so excited and in such despair at the extent of his misfortunes, that he declared he would throw himself into the river and be drowned also. At Gilgit, Mr. Manners Smith was officiating for Colonel Durand as British Agent.

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