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Michael Strogoff, a 30-year-old native of Omsk, is a courier for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The Tartar Khan (prince), Feofar Khan, incites a rebellion and separates the Russian Far East from the mainland, severing telegraph lines. Rebels encircle Irkutsk, where the local governor, a brother of the Tsar, is making a last stand. Strogoff is sent to Irkutsk to warn the governor about the traitor Ivan Ogareff, a former colonel, who was once demoted and exiled and now seeks revenge against the imperial family. He intends to destroy Irkutsk by setting fire to the huge oil storage tanks on the banks of the Angara River.
Book I Chapter I2015-04-26
A Fete at the New PalaceSIRE, a fresh dispatch. Whence?From Tomsk?Is the wire cut beyond that city?Yes, sire, since yesterday. Telegraph hourly to Tomsk, General, and keep me informed of all that occurs. Sire, it
Chapter II2015-04-26
Russians and TartarsTHE Czar had not so suddenly left the ball-room of the New Palace, when the fete he was giving to the civil and military authorities and principal people of Moscow was at the height of its brilliancy, without ample cause; for he had just received information that serious events w
Chapter III2015-04-25
Michael Strogoff Meets the CzarTHE door of the imperial cabinet was again opened and General Kissoff was announced. The courier? inquired the Czar eagerly. He is here, sire, replied General Kissoff. Have you found a fitting man?I will answer for him to y
Chapter IV2015-04-25
From Moscow to Nijni-NovgorodTHE distance between Moscow and Irkutsk, about to be traversed by Michael Strogoff, was three thousand four hundred miles. Before the telegraph wire extended from the Ural Mountains to the eastern frontier of Siberia, the dispatch service was performed by couriers, those
Chapter V2015-04-25
The Two AnnouncementsNIJNI-Novgorod, Lower Novgorod, situate at the junction of the Volga and the Oka, is the chief town in the district of the same name. It was here that Michael Strogoff was obliged to leave the railway, which at the time did not go beyond that town. Thus, as he advanced, his trav
Chapter VI2015-04-24
Brother and SisterHOWEVER disastrous these measures might be to private interests, they were, under the circumstances, perfectly justifiable. All Russian subjects are forbidden to leave the province; if Ivan Ogareff was still in the province, this would at any rate prevent him, unless w
Chapter VII2015-04-24
Going Down the VolgaA LITTLE before midday, the steamboats bell drew to the wharf on the Volga an unusually large concourse of people, for not only were those about to embark who had intended to go, but the many who were compelled to go contrary to their wishes. The boilers of the Caucasus we
Chapter VIII2015-04-24
Going up the KamaTHE next day, the 18th of July, at twenty minutes to seven in the morning, the Caucasus reached the Kasan quay, seven versts from the town. Kasan is situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kasanka. It is an important chief town of the government, and a Greek archbishopric, as wel
Chapter IX2015-04-23
Day and Night in a TarantassTHE next day, the 19th of July, the Caucasus reached Perm, the last place at which she touched on the Kama. The government of which Perm is the capital is one of the largest in the Russian Empire, and, extending over the Ural Mountains, encroaches on Siberian territory. Ma
Chapter X2015-04-23
A Storm in the Ural MountainsTHE Ural Mountains extend in a length of over two thousand miles between Europe and Asia. Whether they are called the Urals, which is the Tartar, or the Poyas, which is the Russian name, they are correctly so termed; for these names signify belt in both lan
Chapter XI2015-04-23
Travelers in DistressDURING the momentary lull which followed, shouts could be distinctly heard from farther on, at no great distance from the tarantass. It was an earnest appeal, evidently from some traveler in distress. Michael listened attentively. The iemschik also listened, but shook his head, a
Chapter XII2015-04-22
ProvocationEKATERENBURG, geographically, is an Asiatic city; for it is situated beyond the Ural Mountains, on the farthest eastern slopes of the chain. Nevertheless, it belongs to the government of Perm; and, consequently, is included in one of the great divisions of European Russia. It is as though
Chapter XIII2015-04-22
Duty Before EverythingNADIA, with the clear perception of a right-minded woman, guessed that some secret motive directed all Michael Strogoffs actions; that he, for a reason unknown to her, did not belong to himself; and that in this instance especially he had heroically sacrificed to duty ev
Chapter XIV2015-04-22
Mother and SonOMSK is the official capital of Western Siberia. It is not the most important city of the government of that name, for Tomsk has more inhabitants and is larger. But it is at Omsk that the Governor-General of this the first half of Asiatic Russia resides. Omsk, properly so called, is co
Chapter XV2015-04-21
The Marshes of the BarabaIT was fortunate that Michael Strogoff had left the posting-house so promptly. The orders of Ivan Ogareff had been immediately transmitted to all the approaches of the city, and a full description of Michael sent to all the various commandants, in order to prevent his depart
Chapter XVI2015-04-21
A Final EffortMICHAELS fear of meeting the Tartars in the plains beyond the Baraba was by no means ungrounded. The fields, trodden down by horses hoofs, afforded but too clear evidence that their hordes had passed that way; the same, indeed, might be said of these barbarians as of the
Chapter XVII2015-04-21
The RivalsMICHAEL was in comparative safety, though his situation was still terrible. Now that the faithful animal who had so bravely borne him had met his death in the waters of the river, how was he to continue his journey?He was on foot, without provisions, in a country devastated by the invasion
Book II Chapter I2015-04-20
A Tartar CampAT a days march from Kolyvan, several versts beyond the town of Diachinks, stretches a wide plain, planted here and there with great trees, principally pines and cedars. This part of the steppe is usually occupied during the warm season by Siberian shepherds, and their numerous f
Chapter II2015-04-20
Correspondents in TroubleIVAN OGAREFF was bringing up the main body of the army of the Emir. The cavalry and infantry now under him had formed part of the column which had taken Omsk. Ogareff, not having been able to reduce the high town, in which, it must be remembered, the governor and garrison ha
Chapter III2015-04-20
Blow for BlowSUCH were now the relative situations of Marfa Strogoff and Nadia. All was understood by the old Siberian, and though the young girl was ignorant that her much-regretted companion still lived, she at least knew his relationship to her whom she had made her mother; and she thanked God fo
Chapter IV2015-04-19
The Triumphal EntryTOMSK, founded in 1604, nearly in the heart of the Siberian provinces, is one of the most important towns in Asiatic Russia. Tobolsk, situated above the sixtieth parallel; Irkutsk, built beyond the hundredth meridian - have seen Tomsk increase at their expense. And yet Tomsk,
Chapter V2015-04-19
Look While You May!MICHAEL was held before the Emirs throne, at the foot of the terrace, his hands bound behind his back. His mother overcome at last by mental and physical torture, had sunk to the ground, daring neither to look nor listen. Look while you may, excla
Chapter VI2015-04-19
A Friend on the HighwayHALF an hour afterwards, Michael and Nadia had left Tomsk. Many others of the prisoners were that night able to escape from the Tartars, for officers and soldiers, all more or less intoxicated, had unconsciously relaxed the vigilant guard which they had hitherto maintained. Nad
Chapter VII2015-04-18
The Passage of the YeniseiAT nightfall, on the 25th of August, the kibitka came in sight of Krasnoiarsk. The journey from Tomsk had taken eight days. If it had not been accomplished as rapidly as it might, it was because Nicholas had slept little. Consequently, it was impossible to increase his hors
Chapter VIII2015-04-18
A Hare Crosses the RoadMICHAEL STROGOFF might at last hope that the road to Irkutsk was clear. He had distanced the Tartars, now detained at Tomsk, and when the Emirs soldiers should arrive at Krasnoiarsk they would find only a deserted town. There being no communication between the two banks

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