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File 1110/1916 Pt 2 'Persia: SITUATION Miscellaneous' [‎74v] (153/276)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (271 folios). It was created in 1916-1920. 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.


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The Gendarme force in Kerman was not under the orders of the Governor*
General, and he professed to have no control whatever over it. He also said
the Gendarme officer openly opposed him, and applied to Tehran that the force
might be withdrawn from Kerman entirely. Several times in my weekly
political icpoits I called attention to the dangerous pro-German activities of
this Gendarme officer.
(G) The Rais-i-Tahdid was also mentioned as having taken an active part
in the events that led up to our expulsion from Kerman.
I had no dealings with him and am not aware what part he took.
(7) Herr Zugmayer who came to Kerman as the German Consul, but held
no exequator and was unable to obtain one from Tehran.
The Governor-General at first refused to permit him to enter the town
arranging a house for him outside the wall. But after threatening to use force
if necessary to prevent the German from taking possession of a house in town
he withdrew his opposition when the German showed a bold front, and with
drew the men he had posted to bar his progress.
The Governor-General also, at first, refused to permit the German flae
being hoisted, but the flag was actually flying over the “ Consulate ” for
several weeks before we left Kerman.
Herr Zugmayer, some years back, spent some time in Baluchistan as a
naturalist and visited our Panjgur station. He is said to have a knowledge of
the Baluch language and to possess first class maps of Baluchistan and Sistan.
He occupied himself in Kerman with enlisting men, and kept posters on
thefolfowingclasses S - eWhelelUVltlnSmeat ° a i ) P 1 J' to him for employment in
(a) Men with their own horses and rifles.—Pay Krs. 240 monthly.
(J) Men with horses but no rifles.—'Pay Krs. 180 monthly.
(c) Men with rifles but no horses.—Pay Krs. 120 monthly.
„„ A ® faras J a “ aware >. H err Zugmayer “played the game ”. lam not
aware that he took any action against us.
In several cases in which complaint was made to him of the unruly or
t reatemng conduct of some men, particularly some Arabs in his employ, he
replied politely promising to prevent a lecurrence of the acts complained of.
Moieover, as will be seen later, he acted, or professed to act, as a restraining
influence on the revolutionary party who demanded our expulsion. °
Section II.
Events that led up to the evacuation,
tv + ^ ^ “ ornin g of Tuesday, December 7th, I was awakened by the
shots that killed Tarukh Shah, cousin of the Agha Khan. ^
the eity without an armed escort^He himseH, afewTay^ before his assa° s ina°
“They^a'tmf Wood”. ^ ^ " retu ™ said laughingly
It appears that on the evening of the 6th December he went to the eitv
and Visited a certain “ Seyed Iftikar ” who persuaded him to stay to dmuer
and to sleep at his house that night. This Seyed bears a bad character!
1 eople who Know him describe him as entirely untmstworthy. He is suspect
“1° 0 ha I 1Dg T 11 ^ 0r assasSmati0a of hls guest, who was shot on ieaWng
his house next morning. It seems to be a well-established fact that thf
murderers, alter committing the deed, took refuge in the German Consulate.
Parukh Shah in a moriband condition was taken to the house of nnr
Assistant ourgeon P. G. Stemhoif. Dr. Dodson, the C. M. S. doctor was called
and agreed with Dr. Steinhotf that notning could be done to save the wounded
Smi’eon °S, led t ' V ° ‘ 0U ? atte '' belD S sllot - same evening, Assistant
cMlfn° on & thl rn ft ^ Uonsulate when the Governor-General was
caning on the Consul with reference to the murder.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, on miscellaneous topics relating to Persia, April to June 1916.

The file includes correspondence regarding the following issues:

  • The disposal of Germans and Swedes now interned at Tehran
  • The Russian advance from Kermanshah
  • The enrolment of Tabriz gendarmerie into a Cossack brigade
  • Movements of the Russian expeditionary force.

The file contains correspondence between: the 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. 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. ; HBM Minister, Tehran; the Viceroy; and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, London.

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (271 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 1110 (Persia) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/590-592. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 273; 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.

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