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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎25v] (48/411)

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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with a view to removing tlie aggressions and high-handedness of
at Bushire and the traitors to the country. Our object is, firstly, the expulsion
of the British troops and, secondly, the restoration of the Germans. Nobody has
any right to restrain ns in our objects, and we consider those who obstruct us
as apostates from the religion.
The Government authorities, who follow the same religion as we do,
should support us according to wisdom and the laws of Shara ! If in reality
the opinion of the Government is constitutionally against the feelings of the
nation, they should warn us distinctly so that we may know that we are under
the enemies of our country, and that we may fully fulfil our duties.
(Signature.) All the people of Tangistan, Dashti and Chahkutah. (Sd.)
Saiyid Ismail, Abdul-Uussain Dashti, Khurshid Dashti, ITaidar Li lie Abdur-
Hashid Husaini, Dust Ali Dashti, Ismail Tangistani, Khidbar Ahrami, Behzad
Tangistani, Mimah Dashti, Khidhar Dashti, Ewaz Dashti, Abdul-Hussain
Dashti, Muhammad Haji Saleh Dashti, Khidhar Tangistaui, Ghulam Hussaiu
bin Ali Dashti.
The appeals made by the Khans and Chiefs are correct : it is beyond my
power to stop them. You should speedily try to remedy and settle the affair,
because delay will have serious consequence.
Murteza Hisaini.

Editorial Note hy the " Tazianch",
There is the flame of the fire at Bushire, and here is this terrible
epidemic on this side. Has not yet the time arrived when the Governor-
General should look to his duties ? Was it not possible for you (the Governor-
General) to send such experienced respected personages whose words bear
effect and who have been imprisoned here, as the aged and famous Sardar
(General) Darya Begi born for such a purpose so that at least he might
follow up the effects of the mission from Kazerun, with a view to putting
out this wide-spreading fire ?

Enclosure No. 6.
COMMUNIQUE OE THE VOLUNTEERS.
At a time when the organisations of the forces of the volunteers were not
completed, a party of 100 men in their ardent desire, without the permission
of the Commanding Officer, had voluntarily attacked Sabzabad on the af ternoon
of the 30th Sha'aban (14th July) and reached the door of the latter place and
the walls of Tangak in an attack. Although there was constant firing from
the ship and the land trenches, they had no casualties and they gallantly killed
two British officers and 12 Indian sepoys who had come out and carried off
their arms.
"While they were engaged in ousting the Indian sepoys from the trenches,
the news reached the headquarters. As this trivial action was not with the
approval of the Commandant, a sowar was sent with orders calling them back.
They were very offended and thought that if they had been allowed to continue I
their operations for another two hours, they would have occupied Sabzabad
and Tangak.
It is a matter for surprise that, when even the small party had departed
back to Gurak 4 hours after sunset on the night of the 1st Ramzan (13tli
July), the English were constantly firing from the ship and laud up to 4 hours
after sunrise on the following day, the Ist Ramzan.
Strange to say, the English were all in an anxious mood, because according
to local news from Bushire one shell from the ship had struck the Telegraph
Office and another one Sabzabad, the Consulate, demolishing two pillars in the
Telegraph buildings and a part of the stairs in the Consulate. These acts are
evidently the outcome of their careless measures resulting from their des-*
peration.
(A small attack without the information of the headquarters.)
Jsotice placarded in Bushire about 26th July 1915.

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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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