After taking cordial farewell of our friends, whom we should not see again for a long and indefinite time, Sava the Cossack and I started out from the farm early one November morning. We were carefully but lightly equipped. We carried with us a selection of goods which we judged would meet the taste of the unknown mountain population and prove suitable for exchange purposes. In addition we had two thousand shining silver dollars of whose genuine ring we assured ourselves before starting.