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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)' [‎45r] (94/156)

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 JOUENEY FEOM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
67
Thursday, 2nd June 1898.
92. Nek, 26 miles.
Neh.
Weather very hot at Neh.
(«) The weather is very hot at Neh at
present, but it is not so hot as in Sistan.
3rd to 6th June 1898.
Neh. — Balt,
Robbery of 75 camels belonging to certain Afghans
near Murdar Kuh towards the middle of December
1897.
93. Said Khan, Mai Khel, of Dera Ismail Khan, arrived at Neh from
Bandar Abbas with 250 camel-loads of
merchandise for Herat and Meshed on the
3rd June 1898 and came to see me the
same day.
He confirmed the information contained in Snrhang Khwaja Allahi’s
letter regarding 75 camels belonging to Ahmad Khan, Sultan Muhammad,
Muhammad Amin, and Dost Muhammad carried off by Baluchis of Sarhad.
Said Khan has come by Nasratabad, where he met the camel-owners who
gave him the particulars of the case and made over to him the ten original
camels which had been recovered and returned to them by Sarhang Khwaja
Allahi. These ten camels are with Said Khan’s caravan at present, and he is
taking them to Herat to be delivered to Ahmad Khan, who is said to be there.
The other 18 Baluch camels which had been seized in return for the
stolen animals, were, Said Khan said, not so good as the original camels, and
the owners intended to reject them and to claim the value of the original
camels, in case their own animals should not be forthcoming.
94. Subadar Dost Muhammad of the 24th Bombay Infantry, who recently
Disposal of money refunded by the Deputy Gov- arrived from Q.Uetta Nusllkl and Klltl*
ernor of Sistan on account of exactions made by the j.^alik Siall On Ms Way to Meshed, liap-
Tax-collectors of Sistan from Khair Muhammad , ixti it i- A £
Shah and Muhammad Umar at Girdi Chah during pened to be at Nell Wlien 1 returned IrOm
December 1897. Sistan. I have handed over to him the
sum of Tumans 110 which I recovered from the Deputy Governor of Sistan on
account of exactions made by the Tax-collector of Sistan from Khair Muham
mad Shah and Muhammad Umar of Herat, with instructions to deliver the
amount to Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General at Meshed with a letter
from me in which I have explained all particulars regarding its recovery.
95. The Deputy Governor of Neh informs me that Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Nauroz Khan
Chief of Rain’s reference to the Shah regarding Khavan is reported to have reached
Sarddr Nauroz Khan of Kharan’s marriage to the Nasratabad and that lie is CXpeCted to
daughter of Sarddr Ahmad Khdn, Is-hakzai Afghan. arr i ve at j n a f ew (} a y S .
He says that the Chief of Kain has instructed him to receive Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Nauroz
0 Khan with honour and to entertain him,
See paragraphs 37 and 81. ^ ^ ^ ^ him to pro l ong
his stay at Neh and not to let him proceed to Birjand in a hurry, if possible,
in order to enable him (the Chief) to obtain the Shah’s orders regarding the
proposed marriage between the Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. and the daughter of Ahmad Khan.
96. I tried to obtain guides from the Deputy Governors of Neh and
Tv**: u • ^ • -ac v v c- x * Sistan for the direct road between Neh
for the direct road between Neh and Rubat*i-Kdh-i- and Kuh-i-Maiik Siall, but laiied to dO SO.
Malik smh west of the inundations. There were men to be got who knew parts
of the road, but a guide acquainted with the whole road was not procurable.
The difficulty was, however, solved by the arrival, on the 4th June, of Sowars
Nazar Jan and Mannu Jan of the Thana at Bubat-i-Kiih-i-Malik Siah, whom
Lieutenant E^C. Webb-Ware, Political Assistant, Chaghi district, had been good
enough to send instructions to meet me here.
97. Having made the necessary preparations for our long journey through
„ , , , r the desert between Neh and Nushkl, we
started from Nen on the evening of the
5th June 1898.

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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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