The Door to This Siberian Home Is Located on the Roof
M4UCH of Siberia is a vast wilderness which still remains to be explored. In the winter season, when the streams cease to flow, disappearing beneath the ice and snow, the animals hibernate in their dens and the natives repair to their huts to sleep away, so far as possible, the infinite silence that broods over the land.
The illustration shows the interior of a Siberian home. The odd-looking ladder in the foreground leads to the door of the hut, which is situated in the roof. The ladder is hewn from a big log and the hole rungs in it have all been cut by hand. It is necessary to enter a Siberian home through the roof during the sever est winter mcnths, be cause the snow, driven by the gales of the North, forms great drifts which not only effectu ally cover up all side entrances but often con ceal the whereabouts of the hut itself.