Leaving Hadjilar we pass around Assar Dagh to the east, and
traverse a rough hilly country to Kara Yahia. Thence we descend
from the elevated plateau to Fart, a large village in the fertile valley
of Tcharshembe Su, about half an hour below Siristat. Fifteen
minutes below Fart the Tcharshembe Su enters a narrow canon,
which continues until its junction with the arm of the Tcharshembe
Su which comes from Soghla G61.
July 4. Fart to Ashagha Kara Veran, 6 h. 40 m. Leaving Fart
we ascend the right bluff of the Tcharshembe Canon, in somewhat
over an hour, to Punardjik, a large village situated on the plateau
above the confluence of the two streams called Tcharshembe Su,
that is, the Tcharshembe Su which flows past Tchatt, Siristat, Fart,
and the Tcharshembe Su which comes from Soghla G61. In my
opinion, the river below the confluence of the two streams is the
Tcharshembe Su proper, but the natives give this name to the two
branches and to the united stream as well.
The villages on the Tcharshembe Su below Punardjik are said to
be Saraidjik (2J4 h.), Appa (3 h.), Dinek, situated on a bluff above
Serai Koprii (4J4 h.), Algeran (6 h.), Tcharshembe Koprii, close to
Ali Beikieui (7 to S h.).
The country east of Punardjik is very rough and forbidding, and
the Tcharshembe Su flows through a deep canon as far as the eye
From Punardjik we descend in steep zigzags, and cross the Siristat
branch of the Tcharshembe Su a short distance above the confluence.
Upon reaching the top of the left bluff of the canon, we find before
us a rolling elevated plateau all waving with wheat. We pass the
villages Sazli, Saviran, Bademli, where we begin to descend from
the plateau, until finally the Soghla G61 branch of the Tcharshembe
Su is crossed by a bridge a short distance above Baliiklagho. At
this point the valley down which the river comes is wide, but imme-
diately below the village it enters a narrow canon, which, as seen
above, continues for many miles below the confluence of the two
streams near Punardjik.
I took great pains in ascertaining the name of this village, as it
seemed to me very extraordinary. As well as I could make out, the
name is Baliiklagho. The villagers assured me again and again that
the name was neither Baliikli nor Baluklar, one of which we should