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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎5v] (15/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 folios). It was created in 1898. 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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iv
CONTENTS.
Subjects.
Paragraphs in which
mentioned.
AGRICULTURAL.
Damage done by locusts to crops in the Gunabiid valley of Tabas during 1897 .
Scarcity of supplies prevailing throughout the K4in district in 1898 owing to insufficient
rainfall.
Emigration of Bahluri flockowners from Kuh-i-Bah&rau (Kdiu) to Sistan owing to scarcity of
grain in the Kaiu district.
29 (c)
45
89
Scarcity in Sarhad
Unsuccessful cultivation at Miroi •••*••••»•**
111 and 136 {l )
HS (/)
SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE NEW NUSHKf-SISTAN TRADE ROUTE.
Opinions regarding the new Nushki-Sistan trade route.
Fears of the Chief Priest of Sistan regarding the new Nushki-Sistan trade route
Russian views regarding the new trade route between Quetta and Kuh-i-Malik Siah . .
Grievances of Sistan caravans against the Quetta route as compared to the Bandar Abbas route .
77
115
138 (i)
Views of Indian traders regarding the new Nushki-Sistan trade route
166
Attraction of caravan traffic towards the new Nushki-Sistdn trade route.
Necessity for taking a trade caravan from Meshed to Quetta in the interests of the new Nusbkl-
Sistan trade route.
1(a)
Desire of British Indian merchants in Bukhara and Meshed for a personal report on the capabi
lities of the new Nushkl-Sistan trade route.
1(c)
Trial k&fila to take goods from Meshed to Quetta and to return with Indian goods . .
1(d)
Demands and action of the Meshed and Bukharan traders in connection with the new Nushki-
Sistan trade route.
2
Composition of the trade caravan accompanying me from Meshed to Quetta ....
Interest excited in trade circles in Meshed and Bukhara by despatch of the tiial caravan from
Meshed to Quetta by the flew trade route.
5
9
Pioneer caravan belonging to the Meshed traders going from Quetta, by the new trade route
140 (6)
Matters advantageous to the new Nushki- Sistdn trade route.
Diversion of Indian trade with Bukhara and Turkist4u from the Batoum to the Nushki-Sistan
route.
7
Preference of the Nnshkl-Sistan to the Batoum route in spite of the establishment of Indian
Agencies in Shanghai for the express purpose of exporting Chinese tea to Bukhara and
Turkistan direct by Batoum.
8
Sub-contractors of customs of K&in and Sistan bound by agreement not to interfere with caravans
proceeding from Meshed to Quetta and Bandar Abbas and vice versd.
38 (c)
Diversion of the caravan traffic from the Bandar Abbas to the Quetta route ....
48 (a)
Encouragement to Afghan, Kain, and Sistan caravans to use the Nushkl route instead of the
Baudar Abbas one.
54 (i) and 138 (d)
Absence of Afghan Thauas from the south-west of the Helmund ......
109 (a)
Caravans bound for Quetta from Meshed and other places outside Sistan are likely to prefer
the Kuh-i-Malik Siah route to that via Gand-i-Zirreh.
138 (c)
Matters disadvantageous to the new Nushkl'Sistdn trade route.
Disadvantages of the presence of Afghan officials along the Perso-Afghan boundary line near
Hurmuk.
109 (c)
Attitude of the sub-contractor of customs in Sistan towards caravans passing through that
district.
84
Difficulty in obtaining guides from Neh or Sistau for the direct road between Neb and Rnhu'f ;
Kuh-i-Malik Siah west of the inundations. *vuoaw
96

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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 76; 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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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