st amount of comfort;


but our young friends disdai

ned anything so effemi


nate, and determined to make

the journey on horseb


ack. They took as little

baggage as possible, l


eaving everything superfluou

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s at Tien-tsin; six horses were suffic


ient for all the wants of the party—four for themselves and the guide, and two for the baggage. It was necessary to carry t

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any certainty. No rain had fallen for some time, and the way was very dusty; but this circumstance only made it more amusin


g to the boys, though it was not so pl


easing to the Doctor. Before they had been an hour on the road, it was not easy to say which was Fred and which Frank, until they

ed, as wel

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had rend


ered themselves recognizable by washing their faces. Water was scarce, and not particularly good, and, besides, the operation of w

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ashing the f


ace was an affair of much inconvenience. So they contented themselves with the dust, and concluded that for the present they would

ersons who

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cular about names or identity. At noon they had gone twenty-five miles through a country which abounded in villages and gardens

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eat many fields of wheat, millet, cotton, and other products of China; the fields were not unlike those they had seen on their voy

of having

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age up the

of perfo

Yang-tse; and as for the villages, they were exactly alike, especially in the items of dirt and general repulsiveness. The modes

the greate

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