This famous episode nevertheless cost the Red Army fewer men than those which followed Tt reached a region where the blockhouses of Nanking were still few, and regained the military inttiatne. But it still had to cross the high snow-covered passes of the Chiachin Mountains. It had been svarm in June in the Chinese lowlands, but it was cold at fifteen thousand feet, and die cotton-clad men of the South began to die. There were no paths, the army had to build its own track One army corps lost two thirds of its animals Mountain upon mountain, soon corpse upon corpse: one can follow the Long March by the skeletons fallen under their empty sacks; and those svho fell for ever before the peak of the Feather of Dreams, and those svho skirted the Great Drum (for the Chinese, the drum is the bronze drum) with its vertical faces in the endless jagged immensity of the mountains. The murderous clouds hid the gods of the Tibetan snows At last the army with the moustaches of hoar-frost reached the fields of Maokung Down below, it was still summer . . .