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TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE


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The work now offered to the public for the first time,
as it is supposed, in an English dress, has received much
commendation in Germany as a highly interesting contri-
bution to the physical geography of a part of Europe
lying quite beyond the reach of ordinary observation,
and as a genial and faithful sketch of human life under
conditions which are hardly paralleled elsewhere. Its
descriptive portions are believed to be scrupulously ac-
curate, and though a thread of fiction has been woven
into the narrative, yet its leading incidents are historicsd
fiicts, and many of the most striking of them were drawn
from the personal experience of the author.
  Nor has the theology which pervades the volume been
thought to detract from its merits, even by those who
dissent from the doctrines inculcated. The divinity of