"All one need do is to make friends with the chiefs," he said. "I gave away about one hundred rubles' worth of dressing gowns andcarpets, besides a case of tea, and I gave wine to those who would drink it, and I got the land for less than twopence an acre.""There now," thought Pahom, "out there I can get more than ten times as much land as I have now. I must try it."
"And what will be the price for land?"
"Our price is always the same: one thousand rubles a day."
"But in a day you can get round a large tract of land,"
"It will all be yours!" But there is one condition: if you don't return on the same day to the spot whence you started, your money is lost."