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'Routes in Arabia' [‎471] (504/852)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (425 folios). It was created in 1915. 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.


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900 feet.
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runs in a
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R oute N o. 128 {a)—contd»
69 m.
17 m. South-south-east.
The nature of the road
is similar to that in stage
3. The route continues up the valley, and at mile 4^ there is
a gap in the hills to the south-west, through which it is consi
dered possible that a pass for the projected Hodeida-Sana'a
railway may be found.
At mile 5 Hath Nihar, a village and well.
At mile 15 the large Wadi Har is crossed; a very rocky path
leads down the precipitous banks, which have a drop of about
250 feet, and an equal rise on the other side. Water flows in it.
It joins Wadi Sanfur. Just before 'Ubal another wadi, a tri
butary of the Wadi Har, is crossed but the drop in this case is
only about 100 feet; water flows in it. All along this stage there
are extensive dhurrah crops.
At mile 17 'Ubal, there are good wells and supplies of all
sorts are plentiful. There is a Turkish garrison of 100—150
men, and a telegraph office. Altitude 1,300 feet.
5 hajailah .. 8 m. East-south-east. The
road gradually rises.
77 m. , . j tj .
At mile 3 the small Wadi-al-Aghanyah is crossed. It con
tains a clear, flowing stream, from which much cultivation is
lrri At mile 8 Hajailah, a large village with good wells and sup
plies of all kinds. There is a Turkish garrison and telegraph
office. It is the headquarters of the Mudir of the district.
The plain ends here and the ascent of the mountain to Sana a
is commenced.
Altitude 1,800 feet.
C wassal .. 12 m. North-eMt. From this
point to oana a the
gQ m surface of the road is
roughly made which, added to the natural hardness
of the ground, gives it almost a metalled quality As there
is no wheeled transport any engineering work on it lasts a long
time. For the first four miles the route lies along a good
path on the edge o£ the Wadi Hajailah, which is soon euolosed

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This volume contains descriptions of the 'more important of the known routes in Arabia proper' produced by the General Staff in Simla, India. It is divided up as follows:

Part I - Routes in North-Eastern, Eastern, and Southern Arabia.

Part II - Routes in South-Western, Western, and North-Western Arabia.

Part III - Miscellaneous Routes in Mesopotamia.

Appendix A - Information about Routes etc in the Rowanduz District by Abdullah Pasha, Hereditary Chief of Rowanduz and ex-official of the Turkish Government.

Appendix B - Information relating to Navigation etc of the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad supplied by our Raftsmen.

The volume contains a Glossary of Arabic Terms used in the route descriptions and a map of Arabia with the routes marked on it.

Extent and format
1 volume (425 folios)

Divided into three sections as outlined in the scope and content.

The file contains a contents page that lists all of the routes included on folios 6-13 and uses the original printed pagination system.

Physical characteristics

Condition: A bound, printed volume.

Foliation: The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; 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. Please note that f 424 is housed inside f 425.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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