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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)' [‎64r] (132/156)

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.
105
Tuesday, 19th July 1898.
158. Char Asidb { four water mills) of Nushki {village and Thdna).
Time taken by laden camels, 3§ hours.
Distance, 8 miles.
Road, good.
Water, good, from a stream from the hills.
Camel*grazing, grass, and all other supplies procurable.
{a) The Thana is located in wattle-and-daub huts in the village which
Than, at Nushki. * S ab ° ut tW0 mileS fl '° m the water-
mills.
{b) The chief water-mill is the best place for caravans to stay at. The
Water-mill the best place to halt for caravans at village is not Only off the road, but it has
Nashkf - no water within at least a mile of it,
while the water-mill is situated on the road and has plenty of shade.
Wednesday, 20th July 1898, and Thursday, 21st July 1898.
Chdr Asidb {Nushki) — Halt.
{c) Three more of our camels having broken down on the road near
Two days’ bait necessitated at Nusbki by break- Dugliak, I W as COUiptlled to halt here for
ing down of camels and arrangements about traus- two days in Order to enable the Camelmen
port * either to bring them on unloaded or to
make them over to some one at Baghak to be looked after until their return
from Quetta, and also to make arrangements for the deficient transport.
{d) We started from Meshed with 32 camels and purchased six at
T . X7 . , „ Turbat-i-Haidari, Biriand, Mud, and Neh
Losses of our camels between Neb and Nushki. . ,
to lighten the loads, which increased the
number to 38. This has, however, been reduced by losses on the road to 25 on
arrival at Nushki, All the remaining 25 camels are weak and exhausted
by heat and the long journey through the sandy desert. We must, therefore,
hire at least 20 more at Nushki to carry our loads to Quetta.
{e) The “ shahr ” or town (as it is locally called) of Nushki is a collection
of five different groups of wattle-and-
daub huts occupied by different tribes of
Baluchis, Brahuis, and others and situated at short distances from each other.
The chief group or quarter or settlement or village, as it may be called, contains
a bazar with about 60 shops of Kandahar Hindus. Several shops have been
opened during the past year.
(/) The Hindu shopkeepers of Nushki drive a most lucrative trade. They
Tricks plnyed by the Hindu shopkeepers of are not Contented with Small pioflts and
Nushki on Sistau caravans. are said to resort to unfair means in deal
ing with their ignorant customers. Some of the Sistan caravans that visited
Nushki last winter are reported to have been imposed upon and swindled by
them. The shopkeepers combined and offered Quetta prices to the Sistanis for
their wool and clarified butter {viz., R15 per Indian maund for wool and
R30 per Indian maund for clarified butter), and thus induced them to
abandon their onward journey to Quetta and to dispose of what they had
brought at Nushki, not to be paid for in cash, but to be bartered for piece goods
on which the shopkeepers put their own fancy prices. Thus the poor Sistanis
were done in the eye, and not understanding the trick went back under the
impression, which was evidently based on the small quantity of the piece goods
they received in barter for their wool
See paragraph 138 (d). and clarified butter, that Bandar Abbas
was a better market for their commodities than Quetta.
If these Hindus are allowed to continue their malpractices unchecked, it
might result in the new Nushki trade route being looked upon with gieat dis
favour by Sistanis and perhaps abandoned.
Char Asiab
(Nushki).
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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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