Then a mirza informed him that the bold Mahmetkul had again approached the Irtysh and encamped near Vagai with a small band.
In a pitched battle on the river Irtysh he overthrew them completely.
He received a perfect map and description of the unknown regions, from the source of Irtysh to the Wall of China.
And so I am sitting at night in a hut on a lake at the very edge of the Irtysh.
Well, I suspected that the Irtysh floods were invented simply to avoid driving me by night through the mud.
The third combat, on the Irtysh, was bloody, and stubbornly fought.
But if they were bad people they could perfectly well rob me and drown me in the Irtysh.