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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)' [‎53r] (110/156)

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.
83
Taj Muhammad Khan and prevented him from bringing camels for my
See paragraphs 132 ( 6 ) and 132 (c). caravan. Therefore I wrote to Abbas
Also paragraph 136 ( 0 ). Khan asking him not to detain T&j
Muhammad Khan, but to allow him to engage and bring camels for me with
the least possible delay.
My letter was sent to Mirjawa by one of 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. Muhammad Reza Khdn’s
men who was expected to return by the midday of the 24th, but did not
do so.
(b) Losing all hope of getting camels from Mirjawa, we had to march
, „ w . .. on with only three out of the nine camels.
Hopelessness of obtaining camel, from Mirjiwa. engaged by ug at Rubat-i-Kuh-l-Malik
Sidh and Kacha, that Sarddr Muhammad Rezd Khan could give us from
Saindak to Amir Chdh. The rest were all exhausted and unfit to go on. This
number was quite insufficient for the requirements of the caravan, as we had to
carry the loads of the broken down camels as well as water for two days and
three nights, but there was no other alternative, and the best thing to do for us
was to get through the 65 miles of “ Lut ’* (desert) between Sdindak and Amir
Chdh as best as we could in hopes of finding camels at the latter place.
Before leaving Sdindak I asked Sarddr Muhammad Rezd Khan to send
any camels that should arrive from Mirjawa the following day or night to meet
us on the road in order to facilitate our march to Amir Chdh.
Exhaustion of our camels by a hard march of
thirteen hours.
Saturday, 25th June 1898.
130. Dardna Kuh {Levy post), Danina Kuh.
Time taken by laden camels, 13 hours.
Road, partly good and partly sandy.
Distance, 26 miles.
Water, salt and bitter, from a well.
Camel-grazing and fire-wood obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
(a) Our camels being quite exhausted after a hard march of thirteen
hours, we could not cross the sand-hills to
reach the well and had to camp about a
mile and half from it.
(5) There is supposed to be a Khdsaddr post here under Daffaddr Idu
Pahlawdn, but the Khdsaddrs live at
Levy poet at Darfa. Kdu. Sdindak at present for want of drinkable
water at Dardna Ktih. Idii accompanied me from Saindak to Amir Ckali and
rendered me every assistance.
(c?) Idu Pahlawan (hero) is a Mamaseni Baluch of the Kharan district.
Idu Pahlawdn, the head of the Khasadars at Hg COnfeSSCS having been a lObbei all his
Dardna Kuh. life, and having robbed many caravans and
travellers and murdered twenty-one persons. He says he has repented of his sins
and is now determined to pass the remaining years of his life as an honest man
in the Saindak district in the service of the British Government, because hav
ing committed so many robberies and murders in Persia and Afghan territories
be dare not go to either country for fear of being arrested and executed.
(d) The well sunk through rock at Dardna Kuh by Idu Pahlawan is a
Well sunk at Darana Kuh hy Idii and want of Splendid piece of WOrk. It lias plenty of
good water there. water, but unfortunately the water is salt
as well as bitter, and though, perhaps, good enough for camels is undrinkable
for human beings. It had the most poisonous effect on some of our camelmen
who drank it.
Idii states that at first the water was quite drinkable, and that he and
his family drank it for several months last year when he was working at the
well; but that afterwards it became salt and bitter when he had to bring
drinking water from Sdindak and eventually to remove his family and Khasa
dars thither also. He attributes this misfortune to his failure to sacrifice a
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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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