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Hunters Encamped on the Steppe

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The movements of an ottara, or flock, are, of course, much less erratic than those of a taboon. If the tshabawn comes to a fine pasture-ground, he seldom leaves it till the grass has been eaten away; and even when on the march, his encampment for the night is often only two or three miles from the spot whence he started in the morning. In good weather, to guide the flock is an easy task. The tshabawn follows his wagon, and the sheep follow him, his men hanging upon the flanks and the rear, to drive in stragglers, and to accelerate the progress of those who are all too dilatory in their movements. Their long irliks are the sceptres with which the shepherds occasionally enforce their authority. These are crooks, nearly twelve feet in length, and may at any moment be converted into most formidable weapons, of either attack or defence. The wolf who has tasted one blow from the irlik of a tshabawn, is seldom fated to experience a second.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855