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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)' [‎66r] (136/156)

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.
109
Wednesday, 27th July 1898.
163. Girdai or Girdi (Jcarez).
Time taken by laden camels, 7§ hours.
Distance, 15 miles.
Road, good.
Water, good, from a karez.
Camel-grazing plentiful.
Supplies procurable from surrounding villages.
(a) Girdai is the name of a karez belonging to the village of Mihrabzai,
which is situated at a short distance from
the camping ground.
(b) The valley in which Mihrabzai and
a few other villages are situated is called
Aghbarg.
(c) Weather very hot at Girdai.
Girdai or
Girdi.
Mihrabzai.
Valley of Aghbarg.
Weather very hot at Girdai.
Tuesday, 28th July 1898.
164). Quetta {town).
Time taken by laden camels, 8| hours.
Distance, 17 miles.
Road, good.
Quetta.
Everything procurable.
Samungli.
Sistan caravans how swindled at Quetta.
See paragraph 158 (d).
{a) We passed Samungli at the 9th
mile which is about 8 miles from the bazar
of Quetta.
Caravans not wishing to stay in the town (where there is no camel-grazing
and where house-rent is rather high except in a caravansarai, which is always
overcrowded) could camp out at Samungli (where there is good water and
plenty of shade and camel-grazing) and go into town to negotiate the purchase
or sale of goods whenever necessary.
{b) I hear from a reliable source that Lurinda Mall, a well-known Hindu
broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. at Quetta, carries on the same
tactics with regard to Sistan caravans as
the Hindu shop-keepers of Nushki. By
entertaining at his own expense the cara
van people and showing other civilities he induces them to place confidence in
him and to accept as fair any prices fixed by him on goods sold or purchased
by them and to accept payment in piece goods, etc.
The ignorant and inexperienced Sistanis are thus hoodwinked and
defrauded both at Nushki and Quetta and get low prices for their goods, while
they have to pay high rates for what they purchase.
Future caravans would, therefore, do well to ascertain the local prices from
different sources before disposing of their own commodities and buying the
goods they require in Quetta.
165. Though' we have had a very trying journey between Neh and
Safe arrival of all members of my party at Quetta, I am glad to be able tO report that
Quetta. all the members of my party (with the
exception of one woman, the wife of Daffadar Sher Ali of the <£ Queen s Own
Corps of Guides, who died at Birjand of a complicated women’s disease contracted
by her at Meshed) have safely arrived at Quetta.

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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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