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  • The Emperor Nicholas was travelling upon this chausee, a few days previous to our journey, and when in the neighborhood of Moscow, he remarked that he met very few carriages or carts. The Yemshick, or driver, informed him that the officers ... had forbidden the common people to travel upon it... .

    The Czar, His Court and People: Including a Tour in Norway and Sweden, Sir John Maxwell, 1848 (archive.org)

     It is judicious to carry a quantity of rope in one's vehicle for use in case of accident. A Russian yemshick (driver) is quite skillful in repairing breakages if he can find enough rope for his purpose.

    Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life Thomas Wallace Knox, 1871 (gutenberg.org)


    March 6, 2014