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The Manshurs were gusian Tartars, whose originally an obscure territories lay tribe of the race, Tun- South of the Amoor, and CONQUEST OF SIBERIA. 31 a similar design of subduing the same hordes. Accordingly, the two great powers of Russia and China, thus pointing their views to the same object, unavoidably clashed; and broke out into open jealousies and hostilities about the year 1680. laid siege to intrigues, after several The Chinese Kamarskoi Ostrog, and though repulsed in this attempt, found means to cut off several straggling parties of Russians.
Apprised of their situation, silently advanced at midnight with a having forded the river, upon the Russians, their arms. body of troops; select came with such and rapidity as to preclude the use of In the darkness and confusion of the night, the latter were cut to pieces almost without opposition those adversaries, ; and whom fell a resistless prey to they had been accus- 23 CONQUEST OF SIBERIA. tomed was conquer and despise. to so universal, that only one The massacre man recorded is have escaped, and to have brought the news to of this catastrophe to his countrymen at Sibir.
He defeated all attempts of his troops, Kutchum Chan to recover his crown; and took his principal general prisoner. He made occasional inroads into the adjacent provinces, and extended his conquests up to the source of the river Taffda on one side, and on the other as far as the district which the river Oby above At length Sibir. They its lies upon junction with the Irtish. the promised succours arrived at consisted of five hundred Russians, under the command of Prince Bolkosky, who was appointed wayvode or governer of Siberia.