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?46 Notice on Kiloten. eastern course for one or two days' journey reaches Saceram, and onwards for five days'journey more goes to Koucha, thence in ten or twelve days' journey to Karashuhr, the Black City, thence ten or twelve days'journey to Ooroomchoo, thence twelve days' journey to the city of Toorfan, Iskee, or Old Toorfan. Having held an easterly course from Koocha, it maintains the same direction from Iakee, Tootfan, through au'uninhabited tract, in some parts moun- tainous, in others sandy, in others woody, forty days' journey, when it reaches Kamool, a very large city situated in China. The whole of the country through which the river has yet run was formerly under the rule of the Moosulman Rajah or chief of Yarkund, and the population is a mixture of Moosulmans and Chinese. ' From Kamool, the river, continuing its course easterly into China, after twenty d?ys' journey, through a sandy desert, greatly deficient in water, reaches Lunjoo (Lanehen of Marco Polo)? a city containing fifty thousand houses. From Lunjoo, still keep- ing its easterly direction for ten or twelve days'journey, it a?ves at $ecampoor, a large city, the inhabitants of which are wholly, or almost wholly, Moosulmans, or, as they are there called, Turga- nee. From $ecampoor, going eastward, in twenty day? journey it reaches another large city ($ochen, M. Polo). ' The names of the other cities, or places, visit.ed by this river in the subsequent part of its course in China, are not known to my informant; but he has always understood that it takes a large sweep to the west/and, quitting China, falls into the Irtish. My informant has gone no farther than Aksoo, but a Y arkundee mer- chant, his friend, who accompanied the Governor, Hakim of Yar- kund, to Peking and back, gave him the information which relates to the course of the river in China. ' The preceding information was obtained through imluirie? respecting Khoten producing rhubarb, which it does, though not as an article of commerce; and although its materials may st?md with little relative connexion, and may present many chasms, I have thought it preferable to submit them in their present form, rather than defer doing it under tim hope of make the sketch imperfect, lest the accidents which may occur in such a journey as is before me may prevent its being done at all. ' If the sources bf the Irtish are really to be fonnd?n the country appertaining to Yarkund as recited, and that the common stream make the detour described? the Irtish may rank with some of the longest rivers in the world. Whilst my informant confines his re- lation to circumstances known to himself, I give him full credit for inquiry, observation, and veracity; but suspicious arose in re- gard to the accuracy of the account given by his friend. ' The retrograde course of such a river, tbr such a vast distance, Digitized by Google