—Huc's Travels in Tartary, 1844-46.
As Strabo (19 B. C.) says: The rest of the countries of Asia are principally inhabited by Scenites (inhabitants of tents; Scythians) and nomads (hamaxoeci, dwellers in wagons), who dwell at a great distance.
Sometimes a wave breaks over the boundary, and the West sees an irruption of Huns, Tures, or Tartars; sometimes the head of the horde becomes a conqueror, as when Genghis the Khan conquered China, Persia, and Central Asia, A. D. 1206; or Timour (Tamerlane) conquered Persia, founded a dynasty in India 1402-1749, and broke the power of the Turcs in Asia Minor.
The Chilian cart d is a good illustration of the primitive vehicle on wheels.
Its wheel consists of disks sawn or chopped from a log and bored for the axle.
The tongue or pole is secured to the axle and forms the frame of the bed, somewhat like a city dray.
Enlargements on the centers of the wheels outside form hubs, to prevent the wobbling of t