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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎10v] (20/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. 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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63. Sotiet Russia .—The Soviet Minister’s efforts in working up the sale
of petroleum products (see May-June Report, paragraph 51) resulted in the
signature in August of a thirty thousand pound contract for benzine from
Batoun. Details of the deal have been given in paragraph 10.
64. United States of A merica .—As already mentioned in paragraph 12,
Mr. Tritchell is expected to return in October with six American prospect
ors. It is understood that the Hejazi Government have managed to remit
three hundred pounds for their passages. When they arrive and be<dn
work they will no doubt expect something in the way of salary. It is a
pity that there is no American representative here to help them to get it.
65. Turkey.—The Turkish Charge d’Affaires at Jedda, Abdul Ghani
Sani Bey, left finally on July 30 for Angora, where he was to be made head
of the Arabian section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. No successor
had arrived by the end of August.
IV. AIR MATTERS.
66 . Hajaz Air Messrs. Morris and North finally got away on
July 15 (See May-June Report, paragraph 57). Orders to pay them their
arrears and passage money had apparently been given from Mecca on about
June 20, but no trace of them could be discovered in Jedda until the end
of the month. A further fortnight was required to find the five hundred
pounds in golden sovereigns and bankers’ credits, without which Messrs.
Morris and North declined to leave the country.
67. There only remained Mr. Lowe. He was shocked to find one morn
ing in July that the aerodrome guard had orders to refuse his admittance.
This he attributed to base intrigue by the Russian Krakowaky (see May-
June Report, paragraph 53) and came to pour out his woes to the Legation.
He was told that having taken service under a foreign Government and
played his own game he must make the best of its ways and the rules, but
that if on a straight issue he was being unjustly treated as regards con
tractual conditions such as pay he would be given a reasonable measure of
assistance as a British subject. He returned at the end of the month to
ask for a loan of ten pounds, but as it was found that he had made no real
effort to obtain arrears amounting to some one hundred and fifty pounds due
to him, he was advised to take all possible steps himself, before throwing
himself on the Legation’s assistance. The Hejazi Government informed
him on August 6, that they did not wish to renew his contract and that
he could take the terminal leave due to him on August 15. The miserable
specimen at once yearned to re-enter their service and at the end of the
month signed a clendestime contract with the Turkish corporal who acts
on Hajazi Director-General of Military Affairs, binding himself to impos
sible terms for a further twelve months. He was eventually got rid of in
September—a matter for the next report.
68 . The Hejazi proposals for the reorganisation of their air force per
sonnel having received His Majesty’s Government’s consideration (see
May-June Report^ paragraph 56), His Majesty’s Minister conveyed to
them the Air Ministry’s views in a memorandum dated July 7. No reply
was received by the end of August.
69. Arabian Air Route .—In the House of Lords debate of June 23, on
air communications with the East, the Under Secretary of State for Air
said, Meanwhile, we are pushing on with the examination of an alternative
route along the southern coast of 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. , that is, along ihc
Arabian Coast. This is being actively explored. Both land and marine
aircraft of the Royal Air Force have been making flights of increasing fre
quency from Basra to Muscat, thus acting as pioneers for ultimate civirdeve-
lopment.

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices 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. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly to 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. at Bahrain from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the 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. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; 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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