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File 3443/1914 Pt 3 'German War: Afghanistan and Persia; German agents; British troops in East Persia' [‎71v] (153/345)

The record is made up of 1 volume (167 folios). It was created in 10 Nov 1915-5 Jun 1916. It was written in English and French. 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.


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The Chief Mujtehid of Sistan.
Mullah Muhammad Mehdi died on the 30th January 1916. Of late years he
has been on quite friendly terms with the Consulate. He secretly held a
considerable number of shares in the Imperial Bank of Persia. His estate is
believed to be worth 100,000 Tomans. He has devised almost all his property
to his full brother Haji Muhammad Ali. The succession to the Chief Mujtehid-
ship is likely to be contested between his half-brothers Haji Shaikh Muhammad
Reza, who is in Sistan, and Mullah Muhammad Husain, who has resided for some
years in Tehran.
Baluch Raiders.
From Nasratabad Sipeh I hear that a lashJcar of 200 Ismailzais which set out to
loot Tabas and Kainat early in November last, has not returned yet.
The small band of Ismailzais which left Geraqab for Kainat on 7th January
(see Diary No. 3) returned recently to Sarhad with 300 camels.
From Birjand I hear on the 3rd instant that Baluch raiders are still frequenting
the neighbourhood of Tabas.
A fghan News.
Arrivals from Chakhansur give the following conflicting reports :—
(1) That the Amir has given out that he will not be drawn into the war
until Persia enters it.
(2) That universal conscription is about to be introduced for men of 15
years of age and over.
(3) That military operations will be undertaken at Naoroz.
(4) The Afghan outposts have been ordered to be in readiness to receive a
force of 500 Germans coming into the country.
(5) The authorities are returning cash to many Kadkhudas who paid their
revenue in this form, and are insisting on their supplying grain
There is a rumour that cholera has again appeared in Kabul.
The Scarcity in Sistan.
A Sistani has sold his daughter to a Baluch for eighty sheep and 60 Krans in
cash. People are commencing to leave their homes.
Insecurity of the Roads.
See last two diaries. The father of one of the two Consulate postal sowars
has managed to recover his stolen camel. He followed the tracks of it for 180
miles through Baluchab, Guraundi, Dumag, Dayakdoh, Khwash and Jajing into
the camp of Musafir Narui, a follower of Mir Jehind. Musafir would not say
what he had done with the postal bags. He declared that the other animal had
died. Musafir has an uncle named Shahbaz Khan living in Jaoli Robat, the
Afghan Frontier Post opposite British Robat.
Sistan Hospital figures for the month of January 1916.
New cases .. .. .. .. . .. 900
Old cases .. .. .. .. .. 657
Operations .. .. .. .. .. 12
F. B. PRIDEAUX, Major,
His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Sistan and Kain.
G. M. Press, Simla.—No. C, 637 F.D.—1-3-16—30—B.A.

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between November 1915 and April 1916. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Consulate, Seistan and Kain; and the Government of India.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 164), a communication from the National Committee for the Protection of the Independence of Persia.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (167 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 3443 (German War/Persia) consists of six volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/472-477. The volumes are divided into six parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 165; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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