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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)' [‎13r] (30/156)

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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ON HIS JOURNEY FROM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
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rest from all work are indispensable to enable them to regain their strength
and to make them fit again for work which is purposely made light for them
during the summer. Therefore the season was most unfavourable for obtain
ing camel-transport, as besides the unwillingness of the owners to give their
animals on hire in the spring the majority of the camels that were procurable
were quite unfit for work.
At last Shaikh Faiz Muhammad of Dera Ismail Kh&n, a leading Indian
trader at Meshed, came to my rescue by inducing three Afghdn traders of Dera
Ismail Khan, Kandahar, and Anar Darra to purchase the most serviceable
camels that they could possibly procure in Meshed to carry the loads of my
caravan from Meshed to Quetta.
Thus the difficulty was solved, but the camels that have been procured,
though selected as the very best from a large number available for sale, are not
very strong after the winter’s work and only fit to carry the minimum weights
and make ordinary camel marches.
5. My caravan consists of thirty-two camels.
A Hindu trader of Shikarpur trading in Tashkand, five Indian Muham-
Composition of the trnde caravan accompanying madan traders—Parachas of the Kohat,
me from Meshed to Quetta. Nowshera, and Peshawar districts in the
Panjab and Agents of Indian firms in Bukhara—and an Afghan trader of
Peshawar from Meshed, accompany me with a trial consignment of seven
camel-loads of Bukharan and Meshed silks and Russian gold thread.
A leading Indian trader in Meshed (Shaikh Paiz Muhammad *) is also
sending, by my caravan, two camel-loads
* Mentioned in paragraph 4. of Meshed silks and a consignment of
Russian gold thread.
The total value of the above goods, including the gold and cash that the
traders are carrying with them, is estimated as follows :—
Silk
Gold thread
Gold and cash
fi
. . . about 15,000
, . . „ 7,000
. • • „ 15,000
Total . 37,000
(a) Large quantities of Bukharan and Meshed silks used to be annually
Value of annual exports of Bukharan and Meshed exported to India about twelve years agO,
silks to India. p ar tly owing to the decline of the silk
industry in Bukhara and Khurasdn and partly owing to Chinese silk having
come into the market and lowered the prices, a decrease of about 80 per cent,
is said to have taken place in the exports.
At present the annual exports are estimated as follows:—
R
Bukharan silk (piece and raw)
Meshed silk (piece and raw)
. about 20,000
„ 30,000
(b) Russian gold thread, which is manufactured in Moscow, is largely con-
Large demand for Russian gold thread in ludia. ™med ill India. It i S preferred tO the
Indian gold thread owing to its peculiar
yellow colour resembling that of Bukharan gold tillas, the thread made in India
being of reddish colour and in great contrast with it.
Weight and value of Russian gold thread in
Moscow and India.
(c) Russian gold thread is made up
into skeins of 55 miscals or 22 tolas each.
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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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