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The first day we made Charikar and stopped at Malik Meer Baba's house for the night. This was only a short trek of five krohs. I dined here a la Afghan, fingers for forks, much to the delight of the host, but my boy I think disapproved. The town of Charikar is ten miles from Jabal-us-Siraj on the road to Kabul. About eight to ten thousand is claimed for its population. The main bazaar is covered over; and most of the shopkeepers are Hindus who do a thriving trade, as the town is on the main road to three of the passes leading to Russian Turkestan and Badakhshan.
Most people speak of Afghans as being very dark. The border tribes are, but farther north there are many nearly as light as Europeans. Gray and blue eyes are not uncommon, and even light hair or red hair and freckles may be seen. This may be from the European occupation of the country years ago, it is hard to say, but the Afghans are Aryans. 7 39 v AN AMERICAN ENGINEER IN AFGHANISTAN His Majesty, the Amir, has just bought a lot of new cars and some trucks, and now that he has completed a new road to the Khyber, he is building roads and bridges all over the country.
A foot and a half is usually the greatest depth of snow in the valleys, though the people tell of falls four feet deep. Some winters there is practically no snow at all in Kabul. 37 AN AMERICAN ENGINEER IN AFGHANISTAN When it clears up I am going for a run. Wish I could go alone, but my position demands that I have mounted guards and a following of three or four local officials, and also that I go mounted. It would never do to walk. My guard usually consists of two men, but since the Khost rebellion in the south, two men with fixed bayonets go in front and two more behind when I go outside the fort.