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I had a son named Jughi, who had now grown up to be a young man. I thought it was now time for my son to begin to take his place and act his part among the other princes and chieftains of his court; therefor I gave him a seat at this council, and thus publicly recognized him, for the first time, as one of the chief personages of my territory.


The council, after hearing a statement of the case in respect to the league which Tayian and the others were forming, were strongly inclined to combine their forces and march at once to attack the enemy before their plans should be more fully matured. But there was a difficulty in respect to horses. The horses of the different hordes that belonged to my army had become so much exhausted by the long marches in the recent campaigns, that they would not be in a fit condition to commence a new expedition until they had had some time to rest and recover.


But a certain khan, named Bulay, my uncle, at once removed this objection by offering to furnish a full supply of fresh horses for the whole army from his own herds.


This circumstance shows the immense scale the pastoral lands of the great Mongolian chieftains.


I accepted this offer from my uncle, and preparations were immediately made for the expedition. As soon as the news of these preparations reached Yemuka, he urged Tayian to assemble the allied troops immediately, and go out to meet me and my army before I could cross the frontier.


“It is better,” said he, addressing Tayian, ” that you should meet and fight him on his own ground, rather than to wait until he has crossed the frontier and commenced his ravages in yours.”



“Lo,” said Tayian, in reply, “it is better to wait. The farther he advances on his march, the more his horses and his men will be spent with fatigue, the scantier will be their supplies, and the more difficult will he find it to effect his retreat after we shall have victory over him in battle.”



So Tayian, though he began to assemble his forces, did not advance; and when I, at the head of my army, reached the Nayman frontier—for the country over which Tayian reigned was called the country of the Kaymans—I was surprised to find no enemy there to defend it. I was even more surprised that the frontier, being formed by a river, might have been very easily defended. However, when I arrived at the bank of the river the way was clear. I immediately crossed the stream with all my forces, and then marched on into the Nayman territory.


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