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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)' [‎48v] (101/156)

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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REPORT OF KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BARASH
Hurmuk.
owing to the thick tamarisk jungle with which the country is covered it could
not he found. It was impossible for us to halt here for want of good water.
We had, therefore, to leave without finding the missing animal. The owner of
the camel remained behind with a camelman to make a further search, but
without success.
(c) The two camels which had broken down between Poghi and Si&h db
Loss of two camels bj exhaustion at Gumbad-i- had to he left here by their owner as they
shela - were dying and could not move.
Heat oppressive at Gnmbad-i-sbeia. (^) Ihe heat continues to be oppressive.
Monday, 13th June 1898.
108. Hurmuk.
The Shela.
Hurmuk.
Heat mild at Hurmuk.
Importance of the occupation of Hurmuk by the
Persians.
Time taken by laden camels, 11J hours.
Distance, 22 miles.
Water, good, from springs.
Firewood and camel-grazing plentiful.
No supplies procurable.
(a) Our road led south-west; we recrossed the Shela from east to wesl
Road between Gumbad-i-Shela and Hurmuk. about 2 miles Out and marched thrOUgl
low sand-hills and thick tamarisk iun'-le
which extended to within a short distance of Hurmuk. p
(S) The Shela had a deep and wide bed with high banks and contained
large pools of salt water. It was quite
dry at the place where we crossed it.
(c) Hurmuk lies in the hills and has
several springs of clear sweet water and
good climate.
(d) We found the weather quite tolerable here after the excessive heat
we have had between Neh and this
place.
. 1 ( l 9 - Hurmuk is the last halting place
m Persian territory and has plenty of
camel-grazing and fire-wood.
If the Deputy Governor of Sistan places a settlement of Persian Baluchis
See paragraph 83 (.). heie, as he promised to me in writin 0, to
Pruhat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah will be secured S^mtnsufetheTafetv oTlhe”
caravans proceeding towards Quetta. There seems to be no doubt about the
place being situated m Persian territory, and the rumours that were afloat last
year regarding the intention of the Afghans to place a Thana tirT ‘
apparently without any foundation. ^ Qa ^ ere were
(а) In fact as far as I can ascertain the Amir of Afghanistan has as vet
otArHild 4 ' 6 " 4 ” T1 “" 4sfromtheso '‘ t, ‘"' Mt establ “ hed no TWnas or guard-houses
j i Jmywhcre south-west of theHelmnrwi
does he seem to have any idea at present at least of occupying his j,“e of’ Z
boundary in these parts or he would not have allowed the caravans from
“• - r- "i"
( б ) Almost all Persian caravans that have returned to Sistdn from Quetta
S .!* t l n , c . arav ?" 8 av ® id , the . lon ? detoar to Kuh-i- year have avoided the lon^ dp+miv- h
Rubat-i-Kfih-i-Malik Sidh and travelled
direct to Sistan from Amir Chah along
the south-western shore of the Gaud-i-
territory which is a proof of the absenceof AmX* guardf tht * 7 “ A / ghd “
the Gaud-i-Zir-eb. ° ° arcis m “e country of
^ciuur to un-i-
Malik Siah and travel direct to Amir Chah through
Afghan territory.
See paragraphs 138 and 138 (6).

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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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'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)' [‎48v] (101/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x000066> [accessed 14 April 2024]

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