Mosalsk

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Mosal’sk

 

a city (since 1776) and center of Mosal’sk Raion, Kaluga Oblast, RSFSR. It is located 42 km northeast of the Bariatinskaia railroad station (on the Smolensk-Sukhinichi line). The city has a vegetable drying plant, a dairy, and a flax mill.

Mosal’sk was first mentioned in 1231. It was part of the Chernigov principality. Later it became the principal town of the Mosal’sk appanage principality, which was subsequently seized by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1493, Mosal’sk was captured by Ivan Ill’s troops; it became part of the Russian state in 1500.

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And don't call it mullen, call it Pitchiola -- that's its right name when it's in a prison.
Jim said he would "jis' 's soon have tobacker in his coffee;" and found so much fault with it, and with the work and bother of raising the mullen, and jews-harping the rats, and petting and flattering up the snakes and spiders and things, on top of all the other work he had to do on pens, and in- scriptions, and journals, and things, which made it more trouble and worry and responsibility to be a prisoner than anything he ever undertook, that Tom most lost all patience with him; and said he was just loadened down with more gaudier chances than a prisoner ever had in the world to make a name for himself, and yet he didn't know enough to appreciate them, and they was just about wasted on him.