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File 8/9 Annual Report on the State of Bahrain for the year AH 1351 [‎25r] (54/200)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (96 folios). It was created in 3 Jun 1933-27 Jul 1933. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Police and public security.
his own family have acquired the habit of intemperance.
Prom the beginning of the year I have been dealing
with this matter myself and by means of rewards I have
obtained information which has led up to the conviction
of about fortytwo persons for being concerned in the
manufacture or sale of arrak which is a potent liquor
distilled from dates.
Elaborate organisations existed for selling and
distilling liquor. Usually it was in the hands of
a group of men but sometimes it was done by one or two
individuals. They usually owned or rented several
houses and constantly moved from one house to the other
in order to evade suspicion. The distilling apparatus
was kept in one house, usually next door to an empty
or tumble down building and other houses and shops were
used as distributing centres. Much ingenuity was dis
played in disguising this traffic, underground rooms,
false walls and wells were employed as hiding places
for bottles and apparatus, in one case liquor was sold
from a baker r s shop and stores of full bottles were
kept at the bottom of flour bins and in a disguised oven.
The greatest help in dealing detecting arrak, and a feature
which cannot be disguised, is its strong sour smell and
this frequently disclosed its whereabouts during searches.
After making one or two successful night raids the
price of arrak rose from Rs 2/- per bottle to Rs ?/- or 8/-,
and I obtained information that the makers had shifted
their activities from the town into the country and were
sending in supplies on donkeys to the people who sold it.
More informs.tion was obtained which resulted in raids
on three large stills in gardens some miles outside Manamah,

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The volume contains the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the Hijri year 1351 AH. The report is written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The report was submitted by Belgrave 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, Percy Gordon Loch, who then forwarded it to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process is included in the volume.

The report itself (folios 8-83), submitted in June 1933, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Revenue and Expenditure; Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Judicial; Land Registrations; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharraq Municipality; Artesian Wells; Agriculture; Sunni Wakf Department; Shia Wakf Department; Audit; Imperial Airways; Press Propaganda; Counterfeit Coins; Death of Shaikh Sir Isa bin Ali [Shaikh ‘Īsá bin ‘Alī Āl Khalīfah], accession of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa [Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah]; Bahrain Electric Supply; Customs; General; Miscellaneous.

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1 volume (96 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 98; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 12-83; these numbers are also written in ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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