A history of the first attempt to establish an undersea cable via Siberia in late 1860s.
Out of copyright everywhere since he died 1924 and book was published in 1910.
'Mounted on reindeer, they traversed the most rugged passes of the north Asiatic mountains; they floated in skin canoes down the great rivers of the north; slept in the smoky pologs of the Siberian Chukchis (chook'-chees); and camped out upon desolate northern plains in temperatures of 50 deg. and 60 deg. below zero. The poles which they erected and the houses which they built now stand alone in an encircling wilderness, - *the only results of their three years' labour and suffering, and the only monuments of an abandoned enterprise.'
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