Excerpt from Elizabeth; Or the Exiles of Sibera: A Tale But still, amidst the horror and gloom of an eternal winter, Nature displays some of her grandest spectacles - the aurora borealis, inclosing the horizon like a resplendent arch, emits columns of quivering light, and frequently offers to view sights which are unkwn in a more southern hemisphere. South of Tobolsk is the province called Ischim, - plains strewed with the repositories of the dead, and divided by lakes of stagnant and unwholesome water, separate it from the Kerquis, an idolatrous and wandering people. It is bounded on the left by the river Irtish, and on the right by the Tobol, the naked and barren banks of which present to the eye fragments of rocks promiscuously heaped together, with here and there a solitary fir-tree rearing its head; beneath them, in a space formed by an angle of the river, is the small village of Saimka, about six hundred versts from Tobolsk; situated in the furthest extremity of the circle, in the midst of a desert, its environs are as gloomy as the sombre light which illuminates their hemisphere, and as dreary as the climate. The province of Ischim is nevertheless entitled the Italy of Siberia, since it enjoys nearly four months of summer, though the winter is rigorous to an excess. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.