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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎23r] (43/411)

The record is made up of 1 file (203 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1915-30 Jul 1918. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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ward, for the information of
the Government of India,
copies of the marginally-cite l
extracts from newspapers

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Ko. C£. 298, dated Buslnre, tlie 9th (received IGth) August 1915 (Confidential).
From— M ajor A. P. T revor , C.T.E., Officer on Special Duty in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf.
Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Busliire (in the absence of the Resident),
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India iu the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla.
I have the honour to for-
1. Extract from the " Jatn-i-Jam Shiraz, No. 17, dated 7th
Ranizan 1333 (.'Oth July 1915).
2. Extract from the " Jam i-Jam Shiraz, No. 18, dated 14th
Bamzan 133:{ (27th .IuK' 1015).
3. Extract from the "TuzianehShiraz, No. 24, dated 6th
Bamzan 1333 HOtli July 1915 . , *
4. Kxt'nct. from the " Fazianeh", No. 24 of 6th Ramzan 1333 | and a COpy of a notice posted
5. Kxtract from the '*Tiizlaueh", No. 25 of 9th Bamzan 1333 1 in Klishire about July 2Gth.
(22iid July 1915). 'it will be seen that the
6. Copy of« notice "Communique of the Volautjers ' posted <.• i i
in Bushireabout 26th July iyi5. I articles^ are all virulently
i^anti-British in tone.
The w riter of the article in the " Jam-i-Jam ", No. 18, is Mahommed Reza
Derisi, a "well-known pro-German agitator of Busbire, who was recently
smuggled out of Bushire by the gendarmes when the Governor was on the
point of arresting and deporting him. Mahommed Reza's style of writing is,
I understand, unmistakeable to the educated Persian, but in any case the last
sentence of the article gives away that he is the author, as the sa ne phrase
was used in a draft article sent from Wassmuss's camp as from a Bushire
correspondent" which recently fell in to our hands.
The ^ Jam-i-Jam" is a paper started and subsidised by Wassmuss and
maintained chiefly by subscriptions of his friends and adherents. The
" Tazianeh " is, I think, slightly more independent, but also no doubt receives
a subsidv from Wassmuss, which helps it to eke out a precarious existence.

Enclosure No. 1,
Extract from the " Jam-i-Jam", iVo. 17, dated the 7th Ramzan 1333 {20th
July 1915).
Fighting has taken place between Zair Khidhar Khan, Shaikh Muhammad
(Husain ?) Khan, Z:\bit of Chahkutah and Ahmedi and Kais Ali Dilwari, to
whom the credit of ali the victories should be given, on the one side and the
English. The Commandant of British forces who had the rank of a Major,
and his assistant having the rank of a Captain have been killed with one
hundred men while some men have been wounded. As Rais Ali had taken
precautions, no one has been killed or woundei on his side.

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This file contains correspondence between the British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and the British Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire, as well as Sheikh ‘Isā bin ‘Alī Āl Khalifah, ruler of Bahrain, and Sheikh Qāsim bin Mahzā’, Qāḍī of Bahrain.

The correspondence concerns the anti-British revolt of the Tangsiri and Qashqai tribes, headed by Ra’īs ‘Alī Dalvārī under the influence of Wilhelm Wassmuss, and the aftermath of their attack on the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire on 12 July 1915. Included within the correspondence are: letters concerning the occupation of the town of Bushire, British counter-raids and the death of Ra’īs ‘Alī Delvārī; the imposition of a blockade on Tangsiri boats operating in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; statements and customs papers (Acquit de Sortie and Permis de Cabotage) from various Bahraini and Persian nākhudā s (dhow boat captains) gathered by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. ; the arrest and detention of Yūsuf Fakhrū on suspicion of political dealings with Germany; attacks against British diplomatic missions and residents in Persia, including Shiraz and Isfahan; and information concerning German activities in Persia during the First World War.

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1 file (203 folios)
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Foliation: Foliation is written in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 2, and runs through to 201, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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