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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)' [‎55r] (114/156)

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.
87
Non-Baluch tribeg.
1. Tamindani . . ,
2. Ladizi . ,
3. Shamdan and Kasha
4. Karamzai and Hashimzai
5. Khashi . ,
Total number of families of non-Baluch tribes
, Grand total op families . 1,425
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{v) Vegetation.—k sort of shrub (locally called Tursha) grows in the
Vegetation. Kuh-i-Gugird which resembles camel-
thorn and has “ablak” (light blue)
flowers. The people of Sarhad eat these flowers and then cover the bushes
with soft earth which is converted, in a few days, by the juice of the plant, into
a sort of acid that is collected and stored. This acid is dissolved in water and
used for flavouring dishes and as a refreshing beverage, which, it is said, is
delicious and helps digestion.
Number
of families.
. 40
. 30
. 100
100
100
A kind of onion (locally called “ Sir ” or garlic) also grows in the Kflh-i-
Gugird which is of reddish colour. It is largely consumed by the people of
Sarhad and is said to be very delicious.
(m?) Mineral Beds of red and black ochre exist (on river banks)
Mineral dyes. ln the Kuh-i-Gugird which are used by
the people of Sarhad for dyeing cloth.
(#) Kuh-i- Gugird. —There is a range of very high hills in Sarhad called
Kfih.i-Gugird and gardens. Kuh-i-Gugird [which contain (as the
name implies) sulphur and saltpetre].
These hills are bounded on the east by the river Sangu and on the west by
Nazil. The length of these hills from east to west is 20 farsakhs (about 80
miles) and they have always ice.
Gardens. —The gardens of Sarhad are situated on the slopes and at the
foot of these hills and contain bana (Pistacia terebintuus), almond, etc.
(y) Minerals. —On the top of the Kuh-i-Gugird is a well from which
Mineralg> issues a kind of gas. No one can approach
this well without severely suffering from
the effects of the gas that comes out of it.
Saltpetre. —Layers of saltpetre are formed round this well which are
removed with long-handled spades.
Sulphur. —Sulphur comes out of a place near the well and forms into
layers on the ground.
“ Gugird-i-Ahmar.” —It is said that Gugird-i-Ahmar (a kind of sulphur
which is supposed to possess wonderful alchemical properties) also used to be
found in these hills, but its place is not known now.
Lead. —At a distance of 3 or 4 farsakhs (12 or 16 miles) there is a lead
mine which was formerly worked.
Ancient mines. —There is another hill called Kiih-i-Mar Pich containing
ancient mines which were worked in former times. The mines and wells can
now be seen, but the Baluchis do not know what minerals they contain. This
is a point which can be determined by miners and experts.
There is another hill near the Kuh-i-Gugird and Kuh-i-Mar Pich contain
ing mines that appear to have been worked in olden times, but it is not
known what mineral wealth they possess. This can, however, be ascertained
by experts.

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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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