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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎77r] (153/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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(ii) Gold
A check was put on gold smuggling to India, by
tne lact that recently one of the smugglers' boatman who
carried gold strapped to his legs was caught and convicted.
Ji certain Indian merchant then got hold of a Mr. Taylor,
who^works inGray Mackenzie & Co., Ltd., and whose business
^ vi sit the B.I. ships. The merchant suggested to
Mr. Taylor that if he agreed to carry gold (about 3 lbs. a
time) aboard the ships he would be paid Rs.1,000/- a month
for doing so. Mr. Taylor agreed to this suggestion but then
irnormed the Manager of Messrs. Gray, Mackenzie & Co, , Ltd
who then informed the Bahrain Government.
(iii) Educ ation.
The Bahrain Government are having trouble with
some of their Egyptian teachers. They are probably the
source of scurrilous articles which appeared in the Egyptian
press aoout the .udviser to the Bahrain Government.
(iv) Thieving .
There has been an epidemic of telephone wire
c.utting which has disrupted the communication between Manamah
and the Shaikh's headquarters at Haafa, The wire was stolen
in order to make fish traps. The thieves are difficult to
(v) Moral s„
Highness the Shaikh was impressed during his
.visit to Kuwait by the fact that prostitutes are not seen ii\
that town while in Bahrain they advertise their presence '
blatantly, strut about unveiled and even smoke in the streets..
He is therefore trying to organise another "purity" campaign
The places^of the lar *e number of foreign prostitutes deported
by the Political Agen ^ in May last.have been rapidly filled
by new recruits who visit tin, island with men who pretend he
be their husbands..
(vi) Anti-Jewis h feeling .
There has been some recrudescence of anti-Jewish
feeling recently, of which one evidence was malicious mo T/ ts
against a Jewish merchant named Naji Murad. His younger
brother was beaten severely in school and he himself had to
endure rather stupid telephone calls from people threatening
to kill him. ~
173. QAT i.R.
(i) B} ’ itish_Adviser.
Reference paragraph 166 (i) of Summary No.20.
It now appears that Mr. Deardon may not take
up the post in Qatar.
(ii) Qua rantine arran gem ents .
The Chief Quarantine Medical Officer, Persian
Gulf,^is looking into the possibilities of arranging with
the Oil Company doctors for looking after the quarantine
services in Qatar.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1949. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.
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1 file (85 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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