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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎8v] (23/490)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1915-21 Nov 1915. It was written in English and French. 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.


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Balance of advantage in favour of alliance seems to me therefore to be
enormous on our side and I venture to urge that great concessions can be made
to Persia to secure her alliance.
I surest Bussian Minister and I be authorised to open negotiations at
once for this purpose while Persian Government is well disposed. If 1 ersian
Government demands are too exorbitant, negotiations can be dropped; we at
all events gain time meanwhile,
I hear first rate authority that inducements which Germans are holding
out to Persia are being daily increased and they produce certain effect on
credulous Persian mind impossible of realization as they are.
Sent to India, Petrograd; addressed Foreign Office,
No. 2S0-C., dated Sistan, the 4th November 1915.
From —Major F. B. Prideaux, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Sistan
and Kain,
To The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
I have the honour to forward herewith a copy of a report No. 152, dated
the 17th October 1915, submitted by Mr. It. H. New, His Majesty’s Vice-
Consul at Birjand, regarding his tour in the north-east border division of the
Kainat district after the visit of the German Paschen from Herat.
2. I had desired Mr. New to make a more extensive tour down the boun
dary to Duroh and other villages as it appeared improbable that he would ever
again have so favourable an opportunity for touring this winter after my own
departure from Birjand, but the suggestion was found impracticable for the
reasons given by the Vice-Consul.
3. Mr. New r has acquired some useful information, but I am not entirely
prepared to accept all the inferences which he puts forward.
I submit the following observations of my own—
(а) Ali Akbar Beg is undoubtedly a rogue whose sentiments in the
main are hostile to us on account of the pressure w r e put upon
the late Hisam-ud-Dowleh and his son Hashmat-ul-Mulk to pay
compensation for the Neh raid. His claim to be Shaukat-ul-
Mulk’s servant has been denied by the latter, but in my opinion
he wrould not dare now-a-days to act in any serious matter con
trary to the present Governor’s view T s. It is a fact that he
had sent me two belated and stale news reports before Mr. New
went out; this was done probably out of fear that our troops
would pay him a special visit. I have promised him a good
reward if he betrays any Germans into our hands, but I have
little hope of any valuable result.
(б) The story about the Mirza’s two telegrams is scarcely worthy of
credence. I think I should certainly have heard if they had ever
reached the Neh, Birjand or Kain telegraph offices, and it is not
apparent why Ali Akbar Beg did not himself undertake to get
copies sent away. If the telegrams really were written I presume
that they must have held some hidden meaning.
(c) The story about Asghar Zadeh leaving Herat for^ Meshed has been
corroborated in Meshed Confidential Diary No. 41 for the week
ending the 9th October 1915, but it has not been ascertained that
he ever succeeded in passing through Khurasan.
(d) I am not inclined to accept the view that the villagers of Sunni
Khana are well disposed towards the Germans and Turks because
they are mostly on bad terms with the Governor’s family. I
believe that since the late Shaukat-ul-Mulk’s death these Sunnis
ha\e not been badly treated, and they have little desire to be
annexed to Afghanistan from which country they are not infre
quently harassed by raiders even now-a-days.

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between June and November 1915. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Embassy, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]; the Government of India; and the Foreign Office.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 184), a communication from the Russian Ambassador in London.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (238 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 238; 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.

A previous foliation sequence between ff 121-127, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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