JOURNEYS IN PEESIA
hostages in the capital for the good behaviour of their
clans. There they learn a few words of French and
English, along with pure Persian and Arabic, and the few
other branches of the education of a Persian noble. They
are fine inanly boys, and ride and shoot well from an early
age. But the worst of them is that they never are " boys."
They are little men, with the stiffness and elaboration of
manner which the more important Khans have copied
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from the Persians, and one can never fancy their abandon-
ing themselves to " miscellaneous impulses."
Killa Bazuft, Bazuft Valley, June 18.—A few days
ago we left the last village of the region behind, to enter
upon a country not laid down in any maps. It is
a wild land of precipitous mountain ranges, rising into
summits from 11,000 to 13,000 feet high, enclosing-
valleys and gorges or canons of immense depth, some of
them only a few feet wide, a goodly land in part, watered
by springs and streams, and green with herbage and
young wheat, and in part naked, glaring, and horrible.