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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)' [‎28r] (60/156)

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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Besides the above amount the annual presents taken by the Chief of K&in
from Ins Deputy Governors are estimated to amount to over Tumans 10 000
As this large sum also eventually comes out of the pockets of the people the
total amount of annual revenue actually realized may be put down at’the
round figures of Tumans 45,000, or £9,000. 1 1 ™
40. A couple of days before my departure from Birjand I bad an
My interview with the ex-Russian Agent in Sistan. i n t e resting interview With Mirza Rahim
c . ,, , ii i a • ¥ arvi > the ex-Russian Agent in
Sistan, and was able to obtain some information from him.
Having received a message from him that he wished to visit me secretly
I sent a reply that I should be glad to see him at any time he chose to come
Accordingly he came one night, and I had a long talk with him.
i ^“Pi lai ? e ^ , bitterl y against the Russian Consul-General at Meshed
and s ai d that he had been dismissed for no fault. He left Kdsirabad (Sistan)
on the 25th February last and went to Meshed to obtain a certificate from the
See paragraph 78 (a). Russian Consul-General that the house
• • AM • v fie bad built at Husainabad (village
adjoining Ndsirabad in Sistdn) was his personal property, as people beino*
under the impression that it was the property of the Russian Government
were afraid to purchase it. He has obtained this certificate and is now return
ing to Sistan to dispose of his property and house.
He asked me if the British Consulate would buy his house from him
I replied that the British Consulate-General at Meshed did not require a house
in Sist&n.
He then said he was anxious to enter the service of the British Consulate-
General, and as a proof of his sincerity offered to show me the office copies of
the reports sent by him to the Russian Consulate-General at Meshed during
his tenure of office. I gave him an evasive answer, simply saying that we
would talk about the matter after he had shown me his reports. He said
that his books were under lock and key in his house in Sistdn, and that he
would try to come to Sistdn before my departure from Nasirabad and would
show me everything there.
He remarked that during his stay in Sistan he had made friends with all
the Sistan officials, including the Pishkar (Allahyar Khan), and that he could
get them to do anything for him, but that he was grieved to find that the
Russian Consul-General had not recognised the value of his services and
instead of rewarding him liberally had discharged him. He added that he was
sure the Russian Consul-General would repent his action on discovering his
worth and would probably be inclined to re-employ him in Sistan or elsewhere,
but that he was determined not to enter Russian service again.
41. The ex-Russian Agent further told me that when he was at |Meshed
A Russian zoologist named M. Nicholai Alexiech’s &t the beginning of April, the Russian
visit to sistSn and Kirman. Consul-General had asked him to accom-
See paragraphs 11 ,69, es, 70 , 74 , and 116 . pany M. Nicholai Alexiech to Sistau
and Kirman, which he had agreed to do
in order to induce the Russian Consul-General to give him his arrears of pay,
but that after receiving a cheque for Tumans 80 on Saiyid Husain, the Agent
at Birjand of Gwarg, the leading Armenian trader at Meshed, in settlement of
his accounts he had made up his mind not to go. Accordingly he had deserted
M. Nicholai Alexiech at the first stage out from Meshed and made his way to
Birjand, while M. ISicholai Alexiech had gone towards Jam and Khaf. " He
added that his cheque had been dishonoured by the drawee at Birjand, that
he had written to the Russian Consul-General at Meshed demanding imme
diate payment and threatening him with a complaint to the Russian Legation
at Teheran if there should be any delay, and that his intention was to stay at
Birjand for about three weeks in order to avoid meeting M. Nicholai Alexiech
in Sistdn.
I asked him who M. Nicholai Alexiech was. He replied that he was the
combined Political and Zoologist, who had visited Kain and Sistan once before
in 1895 travelling via Turbat-i-Haidari and Birjaud.

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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.

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