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THE COSSACKS

their muskets in cases evenly vibrated on their backs, and their horses intermingled their chestnut and gray legs,—and the mountains. Beyond the Térek was seen the smoke in a native village,—and the mountains.

The sun rose and glistened on the Térek beyond the reeds,—and the mountains. From the Cossack village came a native cart, and women, beautiful young women, walked,—and the mountains. "Abréks[1] race through the steppes, and I am travelling, and fear them not: I have a gun, and strength, and youth,"—and the mountains.

  1. Mountaineer braves.