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File 756/1917 Pt 2-3 ‘ARAB BULLETIN Nos 66-114’ [‎9v] (27/834)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (411 folios). It was created in 1917-1920. 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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Major Lawrence has supplied some new information about
this important wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. , which affords the main channel of com
munication between the Hauran, Jauf and North-Central Arabia.
Kaf (pronounced Ljaf), at its head, is grouped popularly with
Wishwasha, Nebkh, Ithra and Jerjer, as el-Geraia or Geraiat
el-Milh, on the ground of common possession of vast saltworks
which seem to have escaped mention by European travellers.
Major Lawrence found the wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. alive with snakes, of which some
half dozen varieties, ranging from nine to three feet in length,
are poisonous. His party lost three men from snake-bites. It is
particularly dangerous to water after dark, as the wells and pools
are then full of snakes swimming about. In the daytime they
are to be found in every bush. There and in the country to the
south many ostriches were seen, but none was caught. Major
Lawrence and three others breakfasted off one of their eggs, boiled
over a fire of gelignite sticks ( !) : it was about a month old. They
obtained a good deal of oryx meat and saw several of these
heavy-headed antelopes, very suggestive of oxen. The Huweitat
had a fine baby oryx in their tents. After the war it ought to
be arranged that this interesting species be represented by live
specimens in London. Another desideratum for the Zoo, by the
way, is a maneless lion from the Karun or Euphrates.
Maps of North- West Arabia.
Major Lawrence, as a result of his journeys in north
western Arabia, reports that all existing maps leave much to be
desired. The Arab Bureau Maan sheet (1:500,000) he found to
be not bad as a sketch of the general lie of the country ; but the
railway, he feels sure, is shown too far to the East, a mistake
which leads to the underestimating of all distances from it in an
inland direction. The Royal Geographical Society’s 1 : 2 , 000,000
sheet he condemns for all the Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Sirhan and Jauf region,
especially_ in its placing and spelling of localities. Miss Bell’s
traverse from Kaf to Seba Byar, the most important of the
A uld Ali watering places, he found to be good but too slight.
Between Maan and Akaba he condemns all our maps, British,
German and Turkish alike; e.g., an important watershed
between the Hisma (he doubts the general application of this
name to all the large plateau area usually so-called, and thinks
it is to be used only of a single wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. ) and Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Ithm, some
eight miles south-west of Guweira, is nowhere properly marked.
It is certainly very desirable to run a route-survey up Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows.
t un, and to get the position of the railway fixed at several
points between Maan and Medina. Major Lawrence’s own route-
sketches are not yet to hand.
Yemen Letters.
Certain letters have come to hand from prominent persons
m the Yemen, addressed to King Husein at Mecca, but they
furnish little indication of any real partisan feeling in that area.

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The volume consists of individual copies of the Arab Bulletin produced by the Arab Bureau at the Savoy Hotel, Cairo numbers 66-114. These publications contain wartime, and post-war intelligence obtained by British sources. They deal with economic, military, and political matters in Turkey, the Middle East, Arabia, and elsewhere, which – in the opinion of British officials – affect the ‘Arab movement’; the bulletins cover a wide range of topics and key personalities.

The volume contains the following maps:

  • A map of Central Arabia showing St John Philby's route from Uqair to Jidda 17 November to 31 December 1917: folio 103.
  • Sketch map prepared from RNAS photographs and reconnaissance by HMS City of Oxford of Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Mur February to March 1918 : folio 170.
  • Sketch map of Hejaz (1919): folio 317.
  • Tribal sketch map of the Hadhramaut ‘showing only tribes of fighting value’: folios 333v.

Towards the back of the volume is a small amount of correspondence respecting the distribution of Notes on the Middle East ; the Arab Bulletin was superseded by this publication. Copies of numbers 3-4 of this publication can also be found at the back of the volume.

Tables of content can be found at the front of each issue. A small amount of content is in French.

Extent and format
1 volume (411 folios)

The Arab Bulletins are arranged in numerical order from the front to the back of the file. The Notes on the Middle East follow on from the bulletins at the back of the file in reverse numerical order.

The subject 759 (Arab Bulletins) consists of two volumes. IOR/L/PS/10/657-658.

Physical characteristics

Condition: the edges of some of the folios towards the back of the volume have suffered damage to their edges due to general wear and tear. The affected folios are 389-390, 407-409, and 412.

Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 413; 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. The front cover and the leading flyleaf have not been foliated. A previous foliation sequence, which is present between ff 357-363 and ff 374-412 and is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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