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Page 58 ^[[W [[drawn in over lowercase w]]]]without salt, potato or vegetables, boiled mutton gets a bit monotonous after a week or two, but anyhow you do not starve and that is the main thing ^[[.]] If the damage to your car cannot be repaired, the only thing to do is to get the ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongol"]]mongol to bring you a pony cart for your luggage and try to reach the nearest settlement, which however may be three or four days away. I had to travel that way several times and I must say the ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongols"]]mongols are very hospitable people, and always willing to help. They have to be, for when they travel themselves they have to depend on the hospitality of their neighbours. A ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongol"]]mongol will walk into a tent, settle down for a day, a week or a month and nobody will tell ^[[him [[written in over "them"]]]]them that he has outstayed his welcome. When he thinks it is time for him to move on, he will get on his pony and off he goes. There is no word in the ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongolian"]]mongolian language for ^[["]]Thank You^[["]] ,as far as I know. This hospitality also refers to Russian houses in Urga^[[dot over comma, indicating correction to a semicolon]], for instance, it is nothing unusual that a strange ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongol"]]mongol walks into your house,sits down and after having had a good look around, gets up and moves on. A friend of mine was ver y disgusted when he was sitting at table eating his soup. A strange ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongol"]]mongol walked in pulled up his sleeve and fished out a piece of meat from the soup turin and started eating it. You cannot get sore with them for you would ^[[be]] just as welcome to march into his Jurtza at anytime of the day and night and stay there as long as you like if you are in difficulties. One evening we lost our way with a car, the road was strange to us and we landed in the middle of no^[[close up mark connecting "no" to "where"]] where. The best thing to do under such circumstances is to sound your horn from time to time as you are driving along and listen if you can hear a dog bark, that is a sure sign that there are Jurtas somewhere near. Then follow the sound of the barking dog until you strike a Jurta, but yo^[[close up mark connecting "yo" to "u"]] u ^[[have]] got to stay in your car ^[[so]] that the dogs don't get at you.When we struck a Jurta that night, it was rather late and everybody was already asleep. Our arrival woke up the ^[[capitalize mark under the "m" in "mongol"]]mongol who quickly [[strikethrough]]d[[/strikethrough]] dressed and came out. We told him we had lost our way and the old chap immediately offered to get on our car to lead us back to the road. There were certainly not many places around his Jurta that he
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