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    Sophie Ristaud Cottin
Excerpt from book: NOTES. P.I, L2. Tobolsk, or Tobolsk!, is the residence of a governor, and of the Greek archbishop of Siberia. It is situated at the confluence of the Irtish and the Tobol, and is built partly upon a little bill on the east of the Irtish, so that it is divided into upper and lower. The governor's palace is in the citadel, some part of which was still in ruins when Kotzebue arrived there, as an exile, in 1800. P. 1, L3. Siberia is the most northern country of the Russian empire in Asia. It is bounded on the East by the sea of Japan, on the South by Chinese Tartary, on the West by European Russia, and on the North by the Frozen Ocean. As this immense country, more than 2000 English miles hi length, scarcely contains more than 3,500,000 inhabitants, the emperors of Russia send thither all the criminals of the empire, condemned to exile by the sentence of a court of justice, and all persons suspected of crimes against the state, often without their having been summoned to a single interrogatory, or knowing the cause of their banishment. The people who inhabited Siberia, when it was conquered in 1777 by Yermack, a Cossack chief, were the Tartars, the Yogouls, and the Ostiacks. P. 1, L 4. The verst is a measure which serves to mark distance in Russia, like the mile in England, and the league in France. Three versts are nearly equal to two English miles. P. 1, L 20. The Aurora Borealis is a brilliant phenomenon of nature, which exists, almost exclusively, to the northern regions of the terrestrial globe, though some travellers have asserted, that the South Pole has likewise its Aurora Australia It is a sort of circular cloud, extended over the horizon, from which issue spouts, sheaves, and columns of fire of different hues, yellow, blood colour, red, blue, violet, ...  
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