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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)' [‎61r] (126/156)

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.
99
( a ) Our route led past two small isolat-
Road between Chah Sand&n and Miroi. cd hills Called Gatt*l-13arot with, a Well of
water about half way.
The road being rough and bad across nallas and undulating ground was
very tiring for the camels.
(b) Four camels brolce down on the
Breaking down and loss of camels at Gatt-i-Barot. TOO-d and two being Unable to CO me On had
to be left behind to die.
Thursday, 7th July 1898.
Miroi — Malt.
(c) I was compelled to make another
“ Miroi bj ““ on “ li8 ' llalt here ov/iD S to the unsatisfactoy state
of our camels.
(d) The thirteen camels engaged from Manzil to this place were discharged,
Relief of Manzil camels by fresh animals procured and W6 engaged 15 fresh animals here to
at MiroL ^ carry the loads of those of our camels that
were exhausted and done up to Dal Bandin, where we could get others to relieve
them.
(e) The Thana at Miroi is an oblong building about 120 / X55 / and is
Than, building .t Miroi. the.same design as that of Amir Chah,
but it is not so well built as the latter.
The Thanadar has built a stone watch-tower (about 12' length X10' breadth
Xll' height) on the top of a small hill overlooking the Thana.
(/) The sowars here have tried to grow water-melons and melons in
U M u«e 8! ful cultivation at Miroi. the g r0Und near tlle W e lls > ^t without
success.
(g) The acting Thanadar Mirin (officiating for Jemadar Sharbat Khan,
who is on leave) and Munshi A term used in the Middle East, Persia and South Asia to refer to a secretary, assistant or amanuensis. Munshis were employed in the British administration in the Gulf. Hari Singh,
the English-speaking Muharrir of the
Thana, rendered me the needful assistance.
(h) From the Thana we were also able to obtain some supplies which
had very kindly been ordered by Lieu-
Supphes sent from Dai Bandm to Miroi for the use tenant Webb-Ware to be sent for us from
of my caravan by order ot Lieutenant Webb-Ware. -rwi t
Dal Bandm.
The Thana Staff at Miroi.
Heat intense at Miroi.
(i) Heat intense.
Friday, 8th July 1898.
147. Sotak or Sukhta.
Sotak.
Time taken by laden camels, 7f hours.
Distance, 15 miles.
Water, slightly brackish but drinkable, from shallow wells dug in
the bed of a nalla.
Fire-wood and camel-grazing plentiful.
No supplies procurable.
(a) There are only two regular stages from Miroi to Dal Bandin, viz.,
c Jdiaki, 23 miles, and Dal Bandin, 28 miles;
Stages between Miroi and Dal Bandin.
but the distance being too much for our
camels and the water of Jujaki having been reported to be bitter, I decided to
do it in three marches. The acting Thanadar was good enough to send out
men to clear out the wells at Sotak and Kani in order to insure a pure water
supply for our caravan on arrival.
„ (b) We passed two small kotals on the
Road between Miroi and Sotak. , i • i v. .A ™ „
road which was rough and tiling lor the
camels.

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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)' [‎61r] (126/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x00007f> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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