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January 11, 2017

January 11, 1859

George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (11 January 11. 1859 to March 20, 1925), was a much honored and divisive British conservative politician.

As statesmen often did a century ago, he wrote about his travels on various imperial missions.  We quote from his book Persia and the Persian Question, Vol 2 (1892). One setting described is the wild area in the Karun River valley, in what is now Iran. 

....[S]everal hares scampered hither and thither. I shot a big wild cat which turned out to be a lynx, and was as large as an Indian cheetah, and some monster wild boar appeared within easy range. It would be difficult to ride them in this country, because of the swamps and deep ...cracks in the surface; but some years ago pig-sticking expeditions were regularly organised from Baghdad. For anyone content with small game a richer preserve could not be found than the Karun valley; while, for the... ambitious, lions are also forthcoming, and further north, in the Bakhtiari Mountains, a number of antelope, ibex, and wild goat.

Curzon lived for some years with the novelist Elinor Glyn, she who invented the phrase using 'it' as in she's got "it." Sex appeal.

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