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[pg: 1]
[1:] Diary N0R 48
[2:] 1898/99
[pg: 2]
[1:] Size of my cabin in the
[2:] S.S. Mejidieh" 9 feet x 7~
[pg: 3]

Continued from Diary (//) No. 47 of 1897/8 [3 AUG 1898 --- V048_00_N] (//)

1898 Augt 3d.

1898 Augt

[A48_003_11:001]

[1:] At 8,,5 am landed 13 1/2
[2:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[3:] and took 4 and went on
[4:] at 9,,5~ Light N.W. breeze

[5:] We have a new mate in
[6:] the place of the 2d mate Mr.
[7:] Hatfield who was discharged
[8:] three months ago; this
[9:] one is young only 21 years
[10:] Called Smart, he came out
[11:] in the Goolistan & joined
[12:] this ship on the 1st Instt;

[13:] I paid the Ship's Company
[14:] their wages for July~

[15:] Clouds coming on on N. &
[16:] East parts;

[17:] Toward sunset the Weather
[18:] Cooled down with a light
[19:] N.W. breeze & fine Cool
[20:] Air, but my cabin is burning
[21:] hot it is 108º at 7 P.M.
[22:] I cannot stand a minute
[pg: 4]
[1:] in it, the Boiler's heat is
[2:] most infernal near it;

[3:] A Jew passenger from
[4:] Basreh died this afternoon
[5:] being sick with dysentery,

[6:] At 7,,55 P.M. arrived
[7:] at Coot, landed 11 passengers
[8:] & 1100 Bales; We took in
[9:] 8 Tons of Coal; It is still
[10:] warm & am perspiring in
[11:] bed; a light variable breeze,
[12:] We finished at 9 1/2 and
[13:] remained at Coot for the
[14:] night to sleep;

4th Thursd Th@ 4. 84

1898 Augt

[15:] Light N.W. breeze &
[16:] Cool morning; at
[17:] daylight we dropped
[18:] down below the Village
[19:] & steamed up along the
[20:] other side, We touched &
[21:] backed off several times
[22:] until we got over and
[23:] went on at 6 am.
[pg: 5]
[1:] Gave tickets to 49 Coot
[2:] passengers;

[3:] A Turkish Officer deck
[4:] passenger from Amara
[5:] yesterday wanted to mess
[6:] with us & the Captain allowed
[7:] him to do so; he is also
[8:] spending the day down on
[9:] the quarter deck; The
[10:] dead Jew passenger was
[11:] landed Yesterday at Coot
[12:] & the Jews buried it~

[13:] The breeze became very hot
[14:] like a furnace coming
[15:] from the desert; Clouds are
[16:] appearing scattered about

[17:] At 1,,10 P.M. passed
[18:] Nemlah; Very hot weather

[19:] At 2,,35 we came up
[20:] to Sheresh the S.S. Phrat &
[21:] Barge are here Aground &
[22:] heaving over; We also
[23:] touched just ahead of her
[24:] and stuck;

[25:] Detained 20 minutes at Um-
[26:] Sneyem in Shoal water,
[27:] there a Modte N.W. Wind
[28:] & Weather is cooling
[pg: 6]
[1:] down toward sunset

[2:] At 8,,15 P.M. passed the
[3:] S.S. Khalifah going down
[4:] at [strikethrough] Humenyeh

[5:] At 9,,30 passed [strikethrough] Azizieh
[6:] [strikethrough]~ Light N.W. & fine
[7:] weather,

5th Frid Th@ 4. 89

1898 Augt

[A48_008_05:002]

[8:] Light N.W. & fine weather

[9:] At 1,,10 am passed
[10:] Baghdadieh Fort, went
[11:] easy & backed several
[12:] times during the night
[13:] at Jwemisseh detained 1/2 hour

[14:] Detained at Dawar (upper
[15:] reach near Aweyn) in Shoal
[16:] water from 6 Am till
[17:] [strikethrough] 9,,40; there is no
[18:] channel & no sand bank
[19:] appeared, We sounded &
[20:] marked the place and
[21:] dropped down on it, but
[22:] grounded & took anchor
[23:] out & hove over;~

[24:] Wind getting hot, there are
[25:] some clouds on the East;

[26:] At 2,,45 P.M. We
[pg: 7]
[1:] Grounded at Ctesiphon
[2:] just opposite the Mudir's
[3:] house, took out an anchor
[4:] & hove off; and proceeded
[5:] at 4, The Wind is
[6:] not so hot today;

[7:] Detained at Menary in
[8:] Shoal Water & sounding
[9:] from 4,,45 till 5,,15
[10:] Very light N.W. Air;

[11:] At 6,,55 passed Diala
[12:] Very Calm Weather;

[13:] Passed the Bridge at
[14:] 8 P.M. Went on easy;

[15:] At 10,,30 landed mails
[16:] at the Residency I also
[17:] landed & went home, saw
[18:] Eliza & heard from her
[19:] all the Sad news about
[20:] Alexanders Mariage &
[21:] the answers of mine and
[22:] Jeboorys telegrams we
[23:] had sent on the 1st from
[24:] Basreh to Alexander &
[pg: 8]
[1:] to Mr. Sevelinge both
[2:] had arrived the next
[3:] day that is on the 2d
[4:] All Baghdad people know
[5:] the affair & what has
[6:] befallen us & the whole
[7:] telegraphic news also
[8:] they are well aware of
[9:] from the Employe's of the
[10:] telegraph all the Christians
[11:] & friends as well as
[12:] my relatives have called
[13:] on us daily to express
[14:] their regrets at this occurrence;
[15:] There are two letters
[16:] arrived here from Alexander
[17:] from Vienna one of
[18:] last week dated the 8th
[19:] of July & the other of
[20:] yesterday dated the 15th
[21:] July that is about 4 or 5
[22:] days before his leaving
[23:] Vienna for Paris & in
[24:] both of them he does
[pg: 9]
[1:] not mention a word
[2:] about this affair or about
[3:] his intention of leaving.
[4:] After talking much
[5:] till midnight we turned
[6:] in but not a Wink Could
[7:] I sleep until daylight,

6 Satur

1898 Augt

[A48_010_04:003]

[A48_011_18:004]

[8:] Modte N.W. & fine Weather
[9:] The Bahoora must have
[10:] finished~ I went down
[11:] below & began reading
[12:] the Telegrams & letters of
[13:] Alexander & Sevelinge
[14:] the latter one is to Jeboory
[15:] Asfar & he has sent me
[16:] a Copy of it, the telegram
[17:] of Alexander in Answer
[18:] to mine of the 1st from
[19:] Basreh (a Copy of it is here
[20:] above) he says.

[21:] Svoboda Baghdad
[22:] Depart Paris presentement
[pg: 10]
[1:] Impossible Cœur epris
[2:] état pardonnable, lettres
[3:] explicative parties, attendons
[4:] consentement Sinon
[5:] resultat trieste calmez
[6:] patientez, Svoboda,

[7:] How quick this telegram
[8:] came it was sent the next
[9:] day after the one I wrote,
[10:] that is in about 24 hours from
[11:] the time mine was sent
[12:] until the time this one
[13:] came; What an answer
[14:] & what a daring, he must
[15:] have lost his head and
[16:] he must have been taught
[17:] by the woman he loves
[18:] or by Ibrahim Gejou

[19:] That of J. Asfar is from
[20:] Basreh dated the 4th
[21:] he says.

[22:] Svoboda, Baghdad
[23:] Sevelinge Wires
[pg: 11]
[1:] "Fils destiné suis impuissant
[2:] engagèz père venir
[3:] repatriment Asfar;

[4:] His letters from Vienna are
[5:] full of affections toward
[6:] us as usual & he wishes to
[7:] leave very soon to come
[8:] to us, & says that Böhm is
[9:] out in the country as well
[10:] as Mr. Schweiger in whose
[11:] office he used to go; etc etc,

[12:] Monseigneur Altmayer
[13:] had also telegraphed to
[14:] Cardinal Richard on
[15:] the 30 Ulto. this

[16:] Cardinal Richard
[17:] Paris
[18:] Alexander Svoboda,
[19:] Mon diocesain, mineur,
[20:] de passage Paris 3 Place
[21:] Cambronne, Veut contracter
[22:] mariage, contre Volonté
[23:] paternelle, Veuillez
[24:] ordonner refus benediction
[pg: 12]
[1:] et faire dissuader jeune
[2:] homme, Remerciment
[3:] respectueux
[4:] Archeveque Altmayer~

[5:] He received this answer
[6:] dated the 2d on the 3 Instt,

[7:] Altmayer Baghdad
[8:] Mesopotamie
[9:] Alexandre Svoboda,
[10:] inconue adresse indiqués
[11:] Cardinal Richard,

[12:] Henry had been to Dr. Rosen
[13:] on Sunday last & told him
[14:] all about Alexander and
[15:] obtained from him a Telegram
[16:] to the German ambassador
[17:] Count Münster in Paris
[18:] thus

[19:] Ambassade Allemande
[20:] " Paris
[21:] Oesterreicher Alexander
[pg: 13]
[1:] Svoboda 3 Place Cambronne
[2:] beabsichligt Heirath,
[3:] Vater Versagt, Einwilligung
[4:] bittet, Einsparuch
[5:] erheben~
[6:] Rosen consul Allemand
[7:] [4 symbol]

[8:] But after he had taken
[9:] it to be sent, all my sisters &
[10:] wife & others they thought that
[11:] it would be risky for Alexander
[12:] on account of the Austrian
[13:] Governt. Knowing his presence
[14:] there & may take him to
[15:] serve in the military & so it
[16:] was not sent & D Rosen
[17:] Knew nothing about its
[18:] not being sent;

[19:] All my sisters & their daughters
[20:] Antone Marine & [illegible] came
[21:] to us, everybody regrets this
[22:] sad affair, the boy must
[23:] have got mad, he has
[24:] just finished his 20 years
[pg: 14]
[1:] on the 7 of July last, he
[2:] had got the 90 £ Stg which
[3:] I sent him through Korkis
[4:] London on the 9th Ulto &
[5:] he must got it on about
[6:] the 15th he does not say that
[7:] he has received it in his letter
[8:] of the 15th & this sum must
[9:] have served him for
[10:] this cursed intention he
[11:] had in mind; I am
[12:] afraid that may go on
[13:] drawing money from
[14:] R. Korkis without my
[15:] sanction, so I went to
[16:] look for Yousif Korkis to
[17:] let him telegraph to his
[18:] brother not to advance
[19:] him, I did not find him,
[20:] but he soon came to
[21:] me on board; & as Eliza
[22:] had written letters by
[23:] this last Post of the 4
[24:] Instt to Alexander, to
[pg: 15]
[1:] R. Korkis to Blockey in
[2:] London, also the Bishop
[3:] wrote to Alexander as well
[4:] as his other friends &
[5:] reprimanding him and
[6:] telling him everything about
[7:] his foolish idea, so
[8:] Yousif Korkis & I made
[9:] out the following telegram,

[10:] " Razkallah
[11:] " London
[12:] " Alexander Paris intention
[13:] "mariage through influence
[14:] "Gejou against our consent
[15:] "do best prevent occurrence
[16:] "by all means power,
[17:] "despatch Baghdad, Dont
[18:] "advance money without
[19:] "order –
[20:] " Korkis Svoboda
[21:] (29 words)
[22:] (6 Augt 98 )
[23:] Frcs 20.85 @ 71 Cts per
[24:] word

[pg: 16]
[1:] We sent the telegram and
[2:] then we came home. Many
[3:] visitors called on us today
[4:] being a Holyday of the Tejelly,

[5:] At 11 I went to see Monseigneur
[6:] Altmayer [space] & asked to make
[7:] an other Telegram to the
[8:] Cardinal explaining to
[9:] him that Alexander can
[10:] be found at Gejou at that
[11:] same address & Gejou will
[12:] point out to him where
[13:] Alexander is so he made
[14:] me this telegram

[15:] " Cardinal Richard
[16:] " Paris
[17:] " Svoboda se trouve adrèsse
[18:] "indiquée chez Ibrahim
[19:] "Gejou son Compatriote
[20:] "et faceteur
[21:] "16 mots Altmayer
[22:] (6/8/98) Frcs 9.25
[23:] @ 56 Cts per word,

[pg: 17]
[1:] I saw also Mr. Rouet the
[2:] Consul who came to us (they
[3:] being in the same house) &
[4:] he assured me that the
[5:] mariage cannot possibly
[6:] be contracted without my
[7:] consent & without the necessary
[8:] papers documents certificates
[9:] etc; ~ I came home at
[10:] 12; & soon after Yousif
[11:] Korkis came to us with
[12:] this disgusting telegram from
[13:] his brother, Rezooki dated
[14:] the 3 Instt,

[15:] " Korkis Baghdad
[16:] " Svoboda amoureux prostituée
[17:] "son etat completement change
[18:] "droits parants, lui écrivanes
[19:] "venir Londres refusa
[20:] "insistèz père forcer retour
[21:] "Bagdad, autrement
[22:] "consequence mauvaise

[23:] What a stupid & disgraceful
[pg: 18]
[1:] affair this is for him and
[2:] for us, & what a scandel
[3:] he has caused for us, all
[4:] the people here know about
[5:] it the friends are sorry &
[6:] the foes are rejoicing, they
[7:] all pity this act of Alexander
[8:] for every one had great
[9:] esteem & high opinion of
[10:] him; and all know that
[11:] he is a very promising boy
[12:] very intelligent, attentive,
[13:] & obedient to his parents
[14:] What could have caused
[15:] such a foolish thing. We
[16:] should see by his letter of
[17:] next post on the 11th. but I
[18:] am sorry we shall leave
[19:] on that day;~ This letter
[20:] should be dated the 22
[21:] from Paris; I have also
[22:] been to Georgis Antone
[23:] the merchant & asked to
[24:] write to his agent at
[pg: 19]
[1:] Constple not to pay any
[2:] money to Alexander should
[3:] he send to him that letter
[4:] of recommandation
[5:] I got from him last time,
[6:] and I suppose when he
[7:] finishes his money he will
[8:] commence to starve of
[9:] hunger~ This is a
[10:] regular blow for me, being
[11:] my only beloved son to whom
[12:] I had sacrificed every
[13:] thing even my existence
[14:] & life, & now he rewards
[15:] me with this behaviour;

[16:] Johny & Artin called on us
[17:] In the evening;

[18:] Weather seems to be getting
[19:] cooler a little;

7th Sund Ther@4.84

1898

Augt

1898

Augt

[20:] Modte N.W. & fine weather

[21:] At 7 ½ am Eliza & I went to
[22:] Church, I called on Antone
[23:] Marine & then came home
[pg: 20]
[1:] found a lot of visitors &
[2:] relatives there~

[3:] At 11 I went to see Dr. Rosen
[4:] the German Consul and I
[5:] told him that his telegram
[6:] to the Ambassador had not
[7:] been sent by Henry for reasons
[8:] of the military service etc,
[9:] he was astonished at it &
[10:] said that he had already
[11:] written a letter & sent by
[12:] last post to the Ambassador
[13:] in which he referred him
[14:] to the telegram, & he was very
[15:] sorry at my brother Henry
[16:] why he did not tell him
[17:] so, and he told that there
[18:] is no fear of his being taken
[19:] as soldier, while he is
[20:] in France; I asked him
[21:] if he likes he can renew
[22:] the telegram & I will
[23:] send it, or if he think
[24:] better to withdraw
[pg: 21]
[1:] the letter & send to Beyrout
[2:] a telegram by Mr. Juliette
[3:] to send the letter back,
[4:] he agreed to this, but I
[5:] asked him if I speak with
[6:] Mr. Rouet to ask him to
[7:] wire to the Prefecture or
[8:] Police at Paris to get Alexander
[9:] sent out & he ordered to
[10:] proceed to Marseilles &
[11:] Baghdad as he is a minor
[12:] yet & his father wants
[13:] him here quick, he ignored
[14:] the rules of the French Governt.
[15:] & asked me to see Mr.
[16:] Rouet & speak to him on
[17:] the subject & tell him that
[18:] he will call & speak about
[19:] this matter with him at
[20:] 5 P.M, I left & called on
[21:] Mr. Rout & spoke about
[22:] the matter, he tells me that
[23:] the French Governt cannot
[pg: 22]
[1:] cannot interfere in the matter
[2:] without being asked first
[3:] by the Austrian Ambassador
[4:] & as for ordering him out
[5:] of France, they cannot do
[6:] so unless on some cause
[7:] or crime then he can be
[8:] expulsed; but as for being
[9:] taken as a solider this is
[10:] impossible, no foreign subject
[11:] can be taken from a foreign
[12:] country, according to a
[13:] Convention between the
[14:] powers etc; I left at noon
[15:] & came home; ~

[16:] I called on Sister Medula
[17:] & then on Mr. Julietti and
[18:] spoke to him about the
[19:] letter of D. Rosen & he said
[20:] it can be done if he writes
[21:] to him & ask him to send
[22:] it back from Beyrout;

[23:] I called on Alice & Sister
[24:] Eliza & came home,
[pg: 23]

[1:] Eliza & I are so sorry &
[2:] have lost our head at this
[3:] matter & we are so down
[4:] hearted & grieved ~

8 Mond Ther@4.84

1898

Augt

[5:] Modte N.W. & fine weather,
[6:] At 6 ½ am called on Henry’s
[7:] Wife & came on board,
[8:] the Blosse went inside
[9:] to discharge ship; ~

[10:] At 11 left & went home, the
[11:] Monseigneur Altmayer had
[12:] called on us ~ Eliza proposed
[13:] to me to send a telegram
[14:] to Yacoob Eassayi and
[15:] to request him to go to Paris
[16:] with R Korkis & try to
[17:] persuade Alexander to
[18:] renounce mariage and
[19:] sent back to Baghdad,

[20:] So after I had enquired about
[21:] his address from his brother
[22:] & from Yousif Korkis
[23:] who told me to send it
[24:] to Rezooki’s care, so I
[25:] sent the following,

[pg: 24]
[1:] " Razkallah
[2:] " London
[3:] " Requesting Eassayi’s
[4:] "assistance with you going
[5:] "Paris, persuade Alexander
[6:] "renounce and sent
[7:] "Baghdad, Svoboda
[8:] "(16 words, Frcs 11.65)

[9:] I sent it about sunset~
[10:] Antone called & also Artin
[11:] in the evening;

[12:] Light N.W. & fine but
[13:] not cool or refreshing
[14:] the bed keeps very hot;

9' Tuesd Ther@4.88

1898

Augt

1898

Augt

[15:] Modte N.W. & clouds
[16:] gathering around & above
[17:] from the north & west,

[18:] At 6 ½ am called on
[19:] Sister Medula & then
[20:] came on board, we
[21:] are discharging cargo;
[22:] Warm & cloudy;

[23:] At 9 am as I had left
[pg: 25]
[1:] to go to D Rosen the German
[2:] Consul, I met his Kawass
[3:] with a letter for me asking
[4:] me to go & see him, so I
[5:] went, we spoke over the
[6:] matter of Alexander and
[7:] the letter he had written to the
[8:] German Ambassadore
[9:] in Paris, and as I saw that
[10:] it only contains the prevention
[11:] of his getting married, and
[12:] this he cannot do it
[13:] firstly because he has not
[14:] yet attained 25 years as
[15:] the rule is in France Austria
[16:] etc, & 2d he cannot do it
[17:] without my consent,
[18:] it is useless writing about
[19:] it since he cannot be
[20:] married, so he wrote a
[21:] letter to Julietti asking him
[22:] to withdraw the letter &
[23:] telegraph to Beyrout to
[24:] return it & I will then
[25:] pay the expences; D. Rosen
[26:] told that we better wait
[pg: 26]
[1:] until his letters arrive and
[2:] the best thing I can do is
[3:] to stop his supplies of money
[4:] and he will then come to
[5:] his sense; ~ I left and
[6:] called on Capt & Mrs Cowley
[7:] & we also talked about this
[8:] matter; I then left and
[9:] called on Monseigneur Altmayer
[10:] he has not yet received the
[11:] answer from Cardinal Richard
[12:] & we spoke over the matter
[13:] I also called on Alice &
[14:] Sister Emilia for ½ hours
[15:] and then went to Lynch
[16:] office & saw Mr. Bottomley
[17:] & I related the case of
[18:] my son to him as he wished
[19:] to know; he regrets the
[20:] matter very much and
[21:] he is of the opinion that if I
[22:] stop the money he will be
[23:] obliged to renounce &
[24:] regret what he has done,

[25:] I came home at noon

[26:] Weather very hot and
[27:] disagreable ~
[pg: 27]

[1:] At 3 P.M. I came on board
[2:] We are taking cargo ~

[3:] At 5 I went home, Menusha
[4:] & Sister Medula, Yacoob Tessy
[5:] & Ferida Tessy called on us
[6:] also Antone & Johny ~

[7:] Light N.W. & rather cool
[8:] night, clouds disappeared

[9:] Our departure from here
[10:] in future is going to be on
[11:] Friday instead of Thursday
[12:] as Mr. Bottomley told me
[13:] today, I wish it could be
[14:] done this time, so as to
[15:] be able to see Alexander’s
[16:] letter arriving on Thursday
[17:] to see what he has written
[18:] regarding this sad affair,
[19:] But as we are to be
[20:] transfered to the Mejidieh
[21:] this time she will be
[22:] out of Dock, we want to
[23:] leave one day earlier

[24:] Modte N.W. breeze, and
[25:] fine cool night;
[pg: 28]

[1:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[2:] morning ~ at 7am I
[3:] came on board;

1898 Aug 10 Wedn

Ther @ 4.83

*must fiancér

[4:] D. Rosen has just sent me
[5:] the letter of the Director of
[6:] Post &Telegraph here advising
[7:] him of the despatch of his
[8:] telegram to Beyrout with
[9:] reply paid, for the withdrawal
[10:] of the letter he had sent to
[11:] the German Ambassador
[12:] in Paris regarding Alexander’s
[13:] affair & it amounts to
[14:] G. S. P. 43 ¼ which I paid
[15:] the Kawass; ~

[16:] I went home to breakfast
[17:] at 11 found Sister Eliza
[18:] there she stopped to breakfast
[19:] with us, just at this
[20:] moment I received this
[21:] telegram

[22:] " Svoboda
[23:] " Baghdad
[24:] "Après longue conversation
[25:] "avec Alexandre ici
[pg: 29]
[1:] Inevitable lui autorisèr
[2:] financer venir Bagdad
[3:] compagnie* Eassayie
[4:] obtenir votre consentement
[5:] repondèz ~
[6:] 9/8/98 Razkallah
[7:] Alexander
[8:] Eassayie;

[9:] I could not make out the
[10:] meaning well & especially
[11:] the word financer, perhaps
[12:] it should be fiancèr,
[13:] I went to Monségneur Altmayer
[14:] & Père Augustin, they made
[15:] it out that it should
[16:] be fiancèr, that he wants
[17:] me to authorize him to
[18:] be betrothed, that it cannot
[19:] be, because he is asking
[20:] to come to Baghdad and
[21:] obtain consent; the telegram
[22:] is so incomprehensible,

[23:] I am determined to send
[24:] a strong answer and
[25:] a warning to Alexander
[pg: 30]
[1:] and let understand that
[2:] I will not do anything
[3:] until he comes & if he
[4:] persists it will be bad
[5:] for him & for his future
[6:] wellfare & let him take
[7:] my last warning, I
[8:] shall see this when I
[9:] go home; and unluckly
[10:] we have a lot of cargo
[11:] to ship, the ship is getting
[12:] deep, & the cargo has
[13:] been waiting since
[14:] noon for shipment and
[15:] the Captain has refused it
[16:] until he came at 4 P.M.
[17:] & allowed it to be taken,

[18:] At 8 P.M.I went home
[19:] found Anton Marine
[20:] Johny & Artin my Nephews
[21:] on the top of the house
[22:] awaiting for me to see
[23:] the telegram of London
[24:] & what answer I
[pg: 31]
[1:] am going to give, they
[2:] red my answer & found
[3:] it very good & a warning
[4:] to Alexander for his selfish
[5:] persistence, it is thus

[6:] “ Razkallah
[7:] London
[8:] Cannot Sanction any-
[9:] thing until Alexander's
[10:] arrival company Eessayié
[11:] if persists will be most
[12:] disastrous for his future
[13:] wellfare, let him take
[14:] my advice wire departure
[15:] 28 words Svoboda
[16:] 11/8/98 Frcs 20,,15

[17:] I gave it to Johny
[18:] to be sent on tomorrow
[19:] morning ~ They left at 8 1/2
[20:] we had dinner at 9 ~
[21:] Light N.W. fine cool
[22:] night ~
[pg: 32]

1898 Augt

11 Thursd

[1:] Light N.W. breeze & fine
[2:] cool weather ~ at 4 am
[3:] I came on board ~

Baghdad to Basrah [11 AUG 1898 --- V048_01_S] (//)

[A48_032_23:005]

[A48_035_15:006]

1898 Aug

[A48_037_01:007]

Passg Okes G.S. Piasters Draft
189 83,132 18175 ,, 4,,2

[5:] At 4,,40 Am. left Baghdad
[6:] & proceeded~

[7:] At 6,,55 touched on a Shoal
[8:] at Rustumyeh sent to sound
[9:] at 7.30 proceeded ~

[10:] At 7,,40 passed Diala
[11:] river; nice cool air & fine

[12:] At 8,,35 passed the S.S.
[13:] Mossul and Barge at Gusseiba
[14:] going up full of Soldiers

[15:] At 9,,10 we grounded
[16:] at Ctesiphon, took out an
[17:] anchor & hove on, sent to
[18:] sound;

[19:] Mrs. Parfit the English missionary
[20:] died last night from
[21:] a miscarrîage & a bad
[22:] influenza ~

[23:] We have altogether 152
[24:] passengers all Deck,
[pg: 33]

[1:] We have a new young
[2:] officer came out in the
[3:] Goolistan called Smart
[4:] as a 2nd mate he is about
[5:] 21 years, we took him up
[6:] this last voyage ;

[7:] At 0,,45 P.M. we got off.
[8:] I & left Ctesiphon & again
[9:] grounded further down
[10:] after 20 minutes at Seyafyeh
[11:] took an anchor out
[12:] astern & hove off; ~

[13:] At 5,,20 P.M. we got off
[14:] and proceeded from Seyafyeh;

[15:] Very light n.w. breeze
[16:] and fine cool weather;

[17:] At 7,,30 we anchored
[18:] at Ledje for the night;
[19:] Light n.w. & cool weather,
[20:] It became quite cool at
[21:] night a great & sudden
[22:] change of weather ;

12 Friday Therm @ 4.72

[23:] Light n.w. breeze & quite
[24:] cold, I felt it so cold in
[25:] bed that I had to come
[pg: 34]
[1:] down to my cabin

[2:] At 4,,30 am got underway
[3:] from Ledje but detained
[4:] on a shoal till 5 when
[5:] we proceeded ~

[6:] At 5,,50 anchored at
[7:] Oweyn to sound, the S.S.
[8:] Ressafah & Barge are
[9:] aground here, she had
[10:] left Baghdad the day before yesterday ~
[11:] before yesterday ~

[12:] The Pilot came to say that there
[13:] are only 2 1/4 draas water
[14:] in the Channel which is
[15:] impossible for us to pass,
[16:] We weighed at 7 & dropped
[17:] further down; sent a
[18:] steersman to look for
[19:] an empty boat to discharge
[20:] cargo;

[21:] At 8 am the S.S. Comet
[22:] came up & anchored down
[23:] below, she has Major Melville
[24:] the new Actg; Consul General
[25:] for Baghdad; -
[pg: 35]

[1:] We have over 83,000 Okes
[2:] drawing 4 feet 2 Inches which
[3:] is too much, & knowing
[4:] very well the state of this
[5:] place when we came up
[6:] this time we were 4 hours
[7:] aground ~

[8:] The Comets boat came up
[9:] her for their mail, I gave a
[10:] letter to his mail, I gave a
[11:] letter to her officer to be taken
[12:] up to my wife, told her
[13:] to send all letters or telegrams
[14:] with a Saka if she
[15:] came down here by tomorrow;

[16:] I engaged an arab from
[17:] the Beni Ajil tribe of Sheikh
[18:] Dahy our Old friend they
[19:] are encamped at Rahmanyeh
[20:] & gave him a letter to my
[21:] wife telling her to send
[22:] me the letters of Alexander
[23:] & all the news she has
[24:] I finished with this Arab
[25:] Alewy his hire for 5
[26:] Beshlics on condition
[27:] that he is to be here
[pg: 36]
[1:] tomorrow by this time
[2:] & ferried across in the
[3:] Ships boat to Oweyn at
[4:] 10 1/4 am to take the road
[5:] to Ledje & Ctesiphon, he
[6:] promised to be here tomorrow
[7:] morning;

[8:] I wrote two letters to be sent
[9:] up with Henry & posted, dated
[10:] the 18th Instt. one to Blockey
[11:] & one to Rezkallah Korkis,
[12:] told all about Alexander's
[13:] foolish affair & what stupidity
[14:] he has done, the are to be
[15:] sent on, on thursday next
[16:] the 10th ~

[17:] We have been discharging
[18:] cargo ever since 8 am
[19:] in our Launch & land it
[20:] far down the river before
[21:] the shoal, the Comet is
[22:] doing nothing she has dropped
[23:] down to the East bank
[24:] of Dawer just to where
[pg: 37]
[1:] I was encamped out shooting
[2:] in 1885; the Ressafah
[3:] is also landing Cargo in
[4:] her Launch near ours under
[5:] the high bank of Dawer,
[6:] the Kfefan Arabs are
[7:] there, their Sheikh Selman
[8:] el Abbass & his Arabs wanted
[9:] to watch the Cargo & be paid
[10:] but we refused them, & Capt
[11:] Cowley asked the Engineer
[12:] Mr. Banian (now in charge
[13:] of the Comet Since her Captains
[14:] death Lieut Beaumont in
[15:] Baghdad 2 months ago) to
[16:] drop the Comet further down
[17:] opposite our Cargo which
[18:] he did; The Ressafah keeps
[19:] heaving over she worked
[20:] till midnight; we stopped
[21:] discharging cargo at sunset,

[22:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[23:] weather ;

13 Satur Ther @ 5.73

Father Marie Joseph died

1898 Augs

Bismark died on 30 July

[24:] Light n.w. & very cool
[25:] morning ~ Our steersman
[26:] came down with an
[pg: 38]
[1:] empty Sefinah having
[2:] hired it for 59 Beshlics to
[3:] discharge us, Capt Cowley
[4:] also, hired a small meheyleh
[5:] lying here for 80 Beshlics
[6:] to discharge us; The S.S.
[7:] Ressafah is still heaving
[8:] over the shoal, & the S.S.
[9:] Comet is lying below her
[10:] doing nothing; we are
[11:] discharging cargo in
[12:] the two Boats;

[13:] The Ressafah Cannot get
[14:] over the shoal the place
[15:] is getting worse there is only
[16:] 2 draaz; The Comet
[17:] steamed up along the
[18:] East bank & came abreast
[19:] of us, but she can't get
[20:] over a long ridge where
[21:] there is 2 draaz also,

[22:] Capt Cowley wrote an
[23:] Official letter to Lynch
[24:] in Baghdad proposing
[25:] to transfer cargo and
[pg: 39]
[1:] passengers to the Khalifah
[2:] & let us return as it
[3:] is doubtful that we
[4:] can pass, our lighters
[5:] are even grounding and
[6:] cannot take our Cargo
[7:] down to the opposite bank
[8:] the Arab from the Beni
[9:] Ajil started at 1 1/2 P.M.
[10:] I sent a letter to Johny
[11:] my nephew; The S.S.
[12:] Khalifah is aground
[13:] they say at Jwemisseh;

[14:] Weather became calm; &
[15:] warm, breeze variable from
[16:] South S. Est & N. Est~

[17:] The Comet steamed on to
[18:] the Shoal & grounded
[19:] just abrest of us.

[20:] At 3,, P.M. the Khalifah
[21:] arrived up & anchored
[22:] up above
[23:] us along the East bank
[24:] & sent to sound ~

[25:] At 3 1/2 P.M. my messenger
[26:] Alewy arrived from
[pg: 40]
[1:] Baghdad, he was ferried
[2:] across in our Launch;
[3:] Eliza writes to me that the
[4:] arab arrived last night
[5:] at 7 P.M. & she soon wrote
[6:] to me the answer but the
[7:] arab left this morning after
[8:] sunrise, she sends me
[9:] a letter from Alexander
[10:] a short one from Vienna
[11:] dated the 22d July, he does
[12:] not say anything about
[13:] his mariage affair only he
[14:] complains of a very bad
[15:] tooth ache he has which
[16:] prevents him from writing
[17:] He has received my 90 £
[18:] Stg from R. Jorkis & that
[19:] is all he says, How could
[20:] his telegram from Paris
[21:] be also dated the 22 July
[22:] this is puzzling me,
[23:] I also received a letter
[24:] from Blance, my
[25:] late brother Alexander's
[pg: 41]
[1:] widow from Constaninople
[2:] dated the 19 July; I sent
[3:] them all to Henry to read,
[4:] he writes to me that they
[5:] have 320 passengers;
[6:] Jeboory Asfar is on board
[7:] going for a few days to
[8:] spend with his family;

[9:] My wife writes to me &
[10:] that Père Marie Joseph the
[11:] Superior of the Carmelite
[12:] Father died yesterday @ 12
[13:] o'clock am. He was ill
[14:] for some time & had spent
[15:] about 3 months out in his
[16:] garden, but it is all his
[17:] fault because he never
[18:] used to take any nourishment
[19:] & starved himself, it
[20:] is a great loss to all
[21:] the Christian community
[22:] he was the Boss of the
[23:] Fathers & the oldest father
[24:] that has ever remained
[25:] so long in Baghdad
[pg: 42]
[1:] for over 35 years and
[2:] during this period he had
[3:] done lots of good for
[4:] our church & schools.

[5:] Henry also tells me that
[6:] Prince Bismark the Ex.
[7:] German Chancellor died
[8:] at Berlin on the 30 of
[9:] July;

[10:] Henry writes to me that
[11:] Jeboory Asfar is going to
[12:] ride in tomorrow early

[13:] The Comet kept working
[14:] and heaving over the shoal
[15:] at night;

14 Sund Ther @ 5.78

[A48_045_04:008]

[A48_058_17:009]

[A48_058_18:010]

[16:] Light n.w. & fine ~
[17:] The Comet got over the Shoal
[18:] this morning; the Khalifah
[19:] is lightning herself on
[20:] the bank at Dawar
[21:] opposite us the Ressafah
[22:] is still in her place down
[23:] below us;

[24:] At 8.40 am. the Comet
[25:] weighed & proceeded after
[26:] having got all her stores
[pg: 43]
[1:] from the bank; I sent a
[2:] letter to Eliza with Tom
[3:] Dexter the second Engineer;

[4:] The S.S. Khalifah after
[5:] having landed all the Hoop
[6:] iron about 3500 bundles on
[7:] the bank and her passengers
[8:] too, she weighed & steamed
[9:] on to the place where the
[10:] Comet was aground soon
[11:] after the latter had left,
[12:] she took our anchors ahead
[13:] & kept heaving on & moving
[14:] up slowly; Henry writes
[15:] to me that he saw only one
[16:] partridge this morning which
[17:] he shot;

[18:] Henry crossed over to see
[19:] me at 2 P.M. ~ the Khalifah
[20:] hove over the shoal at
[21:] 3 P.M. & steamed up, & at
[22:] 3 1/2 we weighed and
[23:] turned round & steamed
[24:] down on to the shoal
[25:] which has got better now
[26:] & a little deeper, she struck
[27:] the shoal & turned round
[28:] broadside on and
[pg: 44]
[1:] we took an anchor
[2:] out ahead & turned up
[3:] stream her bow & she
[4:] got off & went into deep
[5:] water & alongside the
[6:] bank of Dawar where
[7:] our cargo is lying, and
[8:] we began to load,

[9:] At about 6 1/2 P.M. our
[10:] messenger arrived back
[11:] from Baghdad with the
[12:] answer of Capt Cowleys letter
[13:] to Lynch & Co. they allow
[14:] him to tranship cargo with
[15:] the Khalifah & return if
[16:] there is no chance of our
[17:] getting over the Shoal;
[18:] a Sakka Ismaîl also
[19:] came with the messenger
[20:] he brings me a letter from
[21:] Johny & Telegram
[22:] from London the one in one
[23:] of mine which was
[pg: 45]
[1:] sent on the 11th. I had left
[2:] with Jhony to be sent,
[3:] it is dated the 12th Instt;
[4:] as follows.

[5:] “ Svoboda Baghdad
[6:] “ Conformant vos ordres.
[7:] “ desiste opinion partirai
[8:] “ Absolument avec Essayie
[9:] “ tranquillisez
[10:] “ Razkallah
[11:] Alexandre

[12:] I am so very glad to hear
[13:] these news & hope my last
[14:] telegram has served Alexander
[15:] as a good lesson & brought
[16:] his senses to him back;

[17:] But I am very sorry for
[18:] What he has done in such
[19:] a short time & has spoilt
[20:] & upset everything as well
[21:] as his intended programme
[22:] of his return journey
[23:] which I had so well
[24:] arranged and planned
[pg: 46]
[1:] for his benefit & Comfort,

[2:] We worked in shipping
[3:] the Cargo from the bank
[4:] till 10 P.M. & finished this
[5:] last portion of it & there
[6:] remain the other lot on
[7:] the bank further down;

15 Mond Therm @ 5.80

[8:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[9:] at day break we dropped
[10:] further down along the
[11:] bank of Dawer to our
[12:] other portion of Cargo &
[13:] begun shipping it;

[14:] The Khalifah is still

[15:] loarding her cargo, and
[16:] the Ressafah is her same
[17:] place;~

[18:] At 9,,10 am we finished
[19:] shipping all the cargo, left
[20:] Dawar bank & backed
[21:] down stream & went on,
[22:] The Khalifah had also
[23:] nearly finished & was
[pg: 47]
[1:] to start in about an
[2:] hours time, but the Ressafah
[3:] which had to our channel
[4:] to pass over it had not
[5:] yet passed & she has a
[6:] lot of cargo thrown on the
[7:] bank;

[8:] At 10,5 am anchored at Habtyeh
[9:] (lower end of Dawar) and sounded,

[10:] At 11 proceeded on, ~

[11:] At 0,45 P.M. passed
[12:] Baghdadieh steamed outside
[13:] the wreck of the Dijleh of
[14:] which her super heater and
[15:] part of the boiler are visible;

[16:] At 3,,5 passed Azizieh,

[17:] At 6,10 P.M. anchored at
[18:] Um Sneyem to sound;
[19:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

[20:] At 6,,40 proceeded after
[21:] founding the Channel;
[22:] In going round the reach
[23:] of Deboony just below
[24:] Sheresh the steamer went
[25:] too close to the West.
[26:] bank where this is
[pg: 48]
[1:] a Mehayleh laden with
[2:] grain & we squeezed her
[3:] by the Ships stern carrying
[4:] her side plank away with
[5:] us, we let it go afloat
[6:] & turned round at 7 and
[7:] steamed up to the boat
[8:] her crew were yelling &
[9:] crying, we sent buckets
[10:] & the pump & our crew
[11:] with Mr. Reynolds and
[12:] the Captain went, she
[13:] was making water from
[14:] the side where the plank
[15:] was carried; ~ I our men
[16:] kept baling the Boat & landing
[17:] the Barley on shore & trying to
[18:] stop the leaking, but the boat
[19:] is very old & rotten, they have
[20:] filled the opening with cotton
[21:] but still she leaks,
[22:] they knocked off at midnight
[23:] & we remained at anchor
[pg: 49]

16 Thursd Therm @ 5.73

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather
[2:] Capt Cowley wrote a letter
[3:] & sent to Bughela to one
[4:] Moosa Lawash, the agent
[5:] of Khdery (as the Barley belongs
[6:] to Eassa Khdery) to send
[7:] some men to watch the
[8:] Barley from being stolen,
[9:] & our men went to work
[10:] at the Boat to caulk her;
[11:] they have beached her bow
[12:] high & dry; she was soon
[13:] caulked, but her crew refused
[14:] to take the Barley in her they
[15:] want to desert; we get 4
[16:] arab watchmen to watch the
[17:] Barley paid them 2 mejidies
[18:] through Faraj the son of
[19:] Elias Serkis here about who
[20:] in gathering Liquorice, also
[21:] the Arab my friend Meneshid
[22:] son of Arbid, we paid
[23:] the Caulker 1 mejidie too,
[24:] and left at 10,,45 am,
[25:] at 12 grounded at top of
[26:] Sheresh hove off & proceeded
[27:] at 1 1/2 P.M. and at
[28:] 1,,40 anchored also
[pg: 50]
[1:] at Sheresh & sent to sound
[2:] Pilot returning at 5 P.M. he
[3:] marked the channel of 2 1/2 &
[4:] 2 3/4 draaz ~ at 5,,20 we
[5:] proceeded down and passed
[6:] over touching but she rubbed
[7:] over & had to wait for the
[8:] mark sticks collected and
[9:] then weighed & went on from
[10:] Sheresh at 5,55, Modte
[11:] N.W. & fine weather;

[12:] At 6,,30 P.M. passed Nemlah
[13:] Light N.W. breeze & fine;

[14:] At 6,,50 rounded and
[15:] came to off Bughela landed
[16:] 1 passenger & specie; and
[17:] went on at 7,,5; ~

[18:] At 7,,20 anchored at Hamraya
[19:] for the night, Light N.W. & fine
[20:] cool weather ~

17 Wedns Therm @ 5.75

[21:] Light N.W & fine cool morning
[22:] Sent to sound the Channel
[23:] and at 5 am steamed on to
[24:] the shoal & grounded,
[25:] worked with anchors in
[26:] heaving her off~
[pg: 51]

[1:] At 6,,40 we proceeded

[2:] At 8,,20 anchored at Um
[3:] el Ajaj and Sounded; the
[4:] Pilot did not come until he
[5:] was whistled to by Captain
[6:] it was 11 am, we proceeded
[7:] and grounded at the bottom
[8:] of the reach where it was
[9:] Sounded, had to heave on
[10:] with an anchor & at 0,,20
[11:] P.M. proceeded ~ at 1 @ P.M.
[12:] grounded in the next reach,
[13:] hove off & proceeded at 1,,30;
[14:] but grounded & had to heave
[15:] off forward and went on
[16:] at 2,,30 P.M.;

[17:] At 4,,40 we anchored
[18:] just above Coot on the
[19:] opposite side & sent to sound
[20:] our Coot passengers 25 1/2
[21:] all went in Goffas; the
[22:] Pilot found a channel
[23:] he between the islands we
[24:] weighed & steamed into it, &
[25:] were passing through fairly,
[26:] but dropped stern anchors
[27:] & kept heaving on and
[pg: 52]
[1:] dropping through, & then took
[2:] an anchor ahead & walked
[3:] her in dropping down to Coot,
[4:] But at 7 1/2 we knocked off
[5:] and remained for the right
[6:] between two islands ~
[7:] Breeze shifted to S. East but
[8:] cool & fine~

18 Thursd Therm @ 5.79

[9:] Light S. Erly breeze & fine
[10:] at day break begun working
[11:] hove her stern anchor and
[12:] took an anchor out ahead of
[13:] to Coot & hove on;~ We
[14:] landed the Coot Cargo 89 Packages
[15:] in two hired boats for of 1/2
[16:] mejidies both, & kept heaving
[17:] over; Calm & hot weather
[18:] the breeze in S. Eter;~

[19:] At 4 1/2 P.M. we worked & a channel
[20:] for us & got into it & floated
[21:] We collect anchors fore
[22:] & aft, sent two telegrams
[23:] to Basreh & Baghdad to
[24:] Lynch telling them that
[25:] We leave after friday morning
[26:] from Coot;

[27:] We remained opposite
[28:] Coot close to the bank
[pg: 53]
[1:] at anchor for the night
[2:] the Capt. does not wish to go
[3:] further down;

19 Frid Therm @ 5.78

[4:] Light S. Erly breeze & cool;

[5:] Light S. Erly breeze and
[6:] fine weather~

[7:] At 4,,30 AM. left Coot &
[8:] dropped down to below the
[9:] village & went on ~ Took
[10:] 10 passengers from Coot;

[11:] At 10 we came to a Shoal
[12:] at Mendelyat, the SS. Phrat
[13:] here on her way up, she
[14:] hove up & went up at 10,,10
[15:] We sent to sound and
[16:] at 10,,30 proceeded, again came
[17:] to to the shoal & grounded ~
[18:] At 12 proceeded; S. Erly
[19:] and very warm ~

[20:] At 2,,40 P.M. landed
[21:] a Jewess at Alli Gherbi she
[22:] is booked for Amara, took
[23:] 3 & left at 2,,45~

[24:] At 5,,50 passed Alli Sherghi
[25:] Very hot & calm weather

[26:] At 10 P.M. we arrived
[pg: 54]
[1:] at Amara landed 27
[2:] passengers & 99 packages
[3:] Very calm & warm ~
[4:] There are 120 Bales of wool
[5:] in Lynch’s Press the last
[6:] left here for us to ship
[7:] down & the work men went
[8:] up in the Khalifah, but
[9:] we did not take it ~
[10:] They say here that the Motserrif
[11:] Mostapha Pacha is
[12:] dismissed from Amara

[13:] The Mejidieh is loaded
[14:] & ready for us to transfer
[15:] in her; ~

20 Satur Therm @ 5.78

Commodore Ismail Beg died on 9th Instt

[16:] Light S. Erly & fine~

[17:] At 3,,30 Am left Amara
[18:] gave tickets to 24 Amara
[19:] passengers~ Very calm
[20:] weather, we have also 11
[21:] zaptyes from Amara ~
[22:] Detained over 1/2 hour at the
[23:] Elbow & below it is Shoal
[24:] water; ~
[pg: 55]
[1:] It is very warm & disagreable

[2:] At 10,,15 passed Azair,

11 Tuesd. Therm @ 74

[3:] At 1,,10 P.M. passed Gorna,
[4:] breeze shifted to west &
[5:] N. West~

[6:] In passing Maghil at
[7:] 6 1/2 P.M we saw the Mejidieh
[8:] out of Dock nearly ready,
[9:] They are still working
[10:] Something at her, we
[11:] expect to take her this
[12:] trip; Weather hazy,
[13:] & got warm & air fell
[14:] down;

[15:] At 6 arrived at Basreh;
[16:] There are 4 steamers in Quarantine
[17:] The B.I. Str. Amra & Assyria
[18:] also the SS. Paran for
[19:] Asfar & the SS. Scarsdale
[20:] for Korkis & Khdery, we
[21:] have a lot of cargo in
[22:] the Barges~ They say that
[23:] We are to await here for
[24:] the Mejidieh 4 days more
[25:] & the Khalifah having
[26:] left yesterday, will
[pg: 56]
[1:] take the mails & leave
[2:] before us ~ Rufail came
[3:] to me, & anxious for
[4:] news from Alexander
[5:] told him all & we went
[6:] to his house, where Rezooki
[7:] his brother, & Rezooki Angoorly
[8:] were, we dined & slept
[9:] there;

[10:] The Commodore of the
[11:] Turkish Gunboats at Basreh,
[12:] Ismail Beg died on the
[13:] 9th from a short illness
[14:] of typhoid fever caused
[15:] by the great heat and
[16:] effect of drinking to excess
[17:] he had only been there since
[18:] 8 or 9 months;

21 Sund

[19:] Light N.W. breeze & quite
[20:] cool morning, I felt it
[21:] very cool in bed with only
[22:] a little cotton blanket as
[23:] a cover; at 6 1/2 am. I
[24:] came on board we are
[25:] discharging Cargo,
[pg: 57]
[1:] Yousif Marine, Rufail &
[2:] Rezooki came to me, but
[3:] Yousif went back to Shaebyeh
[4:] & I went in to Basreh
[5:] with Rufail & Rezooki
[6:] to Tookyeh & breakfasted
[7:] with them, It became
[8:] Very hot & calm, at 3 P.M.
[9:] we came out to the ship,

[10:] We are going up to Maghil
[11:] tomorrow morning to
[12:] transfer to the Mejidieh
[13:] & we shall not leave
[14:] until the 27th; ~

[15:] I went with Rufail & Rezooki
[16:] to their place, the weather
[17:] is awfully bad with light
[18:] S. Erly breeze warm and
[19:] muggy; at night it was
[20:] worse the breeze from the
[21:] S. Est loaded with heavy
[22:] dew, I could not sleep
[23:] at all, my clothes were so
[24:] wet & got cold & begun
[25:] to sneeze all the night
[26:] it is very disagreable
[pg: 58]

1898 Augt

22 Mond

[1:] Modte S. Erly & very dampy
[2:] and moisty so disagreable
[3:] perspiration remaining
[4:] down from sunrise, it
[5:] is so awfully disgusting,
[6:] at 6 1.2 am I came on
[7:] board;

[8:] The S.S. Afghanistan arrived
[9:] in quarantine the day before
[10:] yesterday at 8 P.M;

[11:] At 5 1/2 P.M. we weighed,
[12:] and steamed up to Maghil
[13:] Rufail came with me
[14:] he had been in Basreh,
[15:] (and has brought me all
[16:] the little deeds & the new
[17:] ones for the mortgage
[18:] of his house & property
[19:] at the Mahawla
[20:] with one for 3 years
[21:] for the sum of 1000 TLiras
[22:] @ 7 1/2% Interest, I paid
[23:] him the money now
[24:] & deducted 75 1/2 T Liras
[25:] & am taking a Bond
[pg: 59]
[1:] for the next 2 years Interest

[2:] At 6 P.M. arrived

[3:] at Maghil went alongside
[4:] the Mejidieh & Rufail
[5:] went up to Yousif Marine &
[6:] then I went too, we dined with
[7:] him & slept there; the weather
[8:] is very calm & hot, at night
[9:] a very heavy dew fell, so
[10:] much that the bed was
[11:] wet with water a Light
[12:] S. Erly breeze & thick dew
[13:] like fog~

23 Tuesd

[14:] Fearful weather; the dew
[15:] fell like rain , warm and
[16:] disagreable, I have not
[17:] seen for years; I came
[18:] to the Blosse & begun to
[19:] get my cabin put to right
[20:] by carpenters, & shifted
[21:] my kit gradually, the
[22:] heat is killing us, I never
[23:] saw like it, the perspiration
[24:] running down & clothes
[25:] saturated with water
[pg: 60]

[1:] I was so tyred being on
[2:] foot all the day & nearly
[3:] fainting from fatigue,
[4:] till sunset when I had
[5:] finished my shifting;
[6:] The heat is most awful
[7:] dead calm & warm as
[8:] a bath~

[9:] At 8 P.M. the Khalifah
[10:] came down, [strikeout] We sent
[11:] our boat for letters; and
[12:] I got mine from Eliza &
[13:] one from Alexander from
[14:] Paris dated the 29th Ulto;
[15:] also from Henry but
[16:] I could not read them
[17:] from the heat;

[18:] Later at night it became
[19:] little cooler, I slept on
[20:] upper deck of the Blosse
[21:] Lynch, breeze from
[22:] West;
[pg: 61]

24 Wedn Th. 78

[A48_062_21:011]

[A48_063_06:012]

[1:] Light Westerly breeze &
[2:] fine; I dressed took my
[3:] bed & hired a Belem for
[4:] 1 1/2 K. to Rufail's place
[5:] & left at 6 am; Took
[6:] Rufail & Rezooki & we went
[7:] to the Khalifah to see Henry,
[8:] she is discharging & loading
[9:] too & leaves this evening
[10:] there are two mails for
[11:] her to take up; My wife
[12:] has not sent me any clothes
[13:] or anything, not knowing
[14:] of our detention here;
[15:] I had to send some clothes
[16:] to Tookyeh to be washed
[17:] in Basreh;

[18:] I read Alexander's letter
[19:] in the Belem as I was coming
[20:] down from Maghil it is
[21:] from Paris dated the 29
[22:] July, in which he divulges to
[23:] me his intention of loving
[24:] a young girl of 18 in Paris
[25:] & asking permission to
[pg: 62]
[1:] marry her, this intimacy
[2:] & love had begun for the
[3:] last 8 months a very long
[4:] letter of 6 sheets ful of
[5:] caresses & humility and
[6:] the history of his intimacy
[7:] with this girl being of a
[8:] respectable family in
[9:] France; etc etc~
[10:] On arrival to Henry on board
[11:] the Khalifah, I found
[12:] he had just got a telegram
[13:] for me from my wife
[14:] she says

[15:] " Svoboda Basreh,
[16:] " Alexander wired
[17:] " require money, wire Korkis
[18:] " love. Eliza

[19:] It is dated the 23 from
[20:] Baghdad~ Henry tells me
[21:] that Yousif son of Rafail
[22:] Yaghchi has asked for
[23:] the mariage with his daughter
[24:] Louisa through the medium
[25:] of Monseigneur Altmayer,
[pg: 63]
[1:] but he has not yet given him
[2:] an answer & wants to consider
[3:] the matter & ask my opinion
[4:] on it; Yousif has been
[5:] working for the last two
[6:] months in trying to get married
[7:] with the daughter of Naoom
[8:] Serkis, but it seems that
[9:] the mother Mily & the brother
[10:] Yacoob have not consinted
[11:] & so it is given up~
[12:] Weather is hot on board
[13:] the Khalifah, although today
[14:] there is a light air from
[15:] N. West; At 12 am I went
[16:] up to Rufails place with
[17:] Rezooki; I wrote a letter
[18:] to my wife & gave it to Henry,

[19:] I made a telegram to
[20:] Rezooki Korkis & sent it
[21:] to Basreh at 2 P.M.;

[22:] "Razkallah London
[23:] "Kindly pay Alexander
[24:] "Twenty pounds travelling
[25:] "expences, reply Basreh,
[26:] "date departure itinerary
[27:] "Voyage (16 words/ 12 Frcs) Svoboda
[pg: 64]

[1:] I paid 12 frcs for it &
[2:] got a receipt;

[3:] At 4 1/2 P.M. we went onboard
[4:] the Khalifah she was weighing
[5:] her anchor, saw Henry
[6:] for few minutes only &
[7:] the Khalifah left at 5
[8:] P.M.~ We came back to
[9:] the house; Very light air
[10:] from N.W. but the night was
[11:] not so bad, but there are
[12:] lots of sand flies~

25 Thursd

[13:] Light N.W. & calm
[14:] warm weather; At 7 am
[15:] Rufail & I went in to Basreh
[16:] to Tookyeh where we
[17:] were forced by them to Stop
[18:] & breakfast with them;

[19:] At 0 1/2 P.M. We left and
[20:] came out to the house,
[21:] It is very hot, but there is
[22:] Wind though it is not
[23:] pleasant, but warm &
[24:] moisty~

[25:] the night was cool with
[26:] a Modte N.W. Wind
[pg: 65]

[1:] The S.S. Mossul passed
[2:] down to Basreh at midnight

26 Frid

1898 Augt

[3:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[4:] morning; at 6 1/2 am I
[5:] left Rufails place in his
[6:] Bellem & came up to
[7:] Maghil; I found the
[8:] Mejidieh will not leave
[9:] before tomorrow morning
[10:] for Basreh to load;
[11:] My cabin is very hot,
[12:] I have not the ventillation
[13:] but the air is cool outside;

[14:] Yousif Marine sent us a lot
[15:] of melons & watermelons
[16:] from his ground, they are
[17:] very good;~

[18:] It became awfully calm &
[19:] warm from 2 P.M. till late
[20:] at night, the wind fell &
[21:] became so very oppressive
[22:] & muggy it made every body
[23:] mad & did not know where
[24:] to go, so dampy, & at sunset
[25:] a thick fog came on from
[26:] the north; at about 8 P.M.
[27:] the breeze sprung up
[pg: 66]
[1:] and became cooler a
[2:] little, I slept on board the
[3:] Mejidieh on the upper deck,
[4:] our crew & servants are
[5:] shifting their Kit, & the cabin
[6:] furniture~

27 Satur

Money with Rufail Sayegh

1898 Augt

[7:] At day break the Mejidieh
[8:] & Blosse Lynch got steam
[9:] up; Mr. Reynolds our chief
[10:] mate takes the Blosse to
[11:] Basreh~ Modte N. Wester
[12:] but my cabin is like a
[13:] hot bath~

[14:] The Blosse Lynch left for
[15:] Basreh at 6 am~

[16:] The Mejidieh also left at
[17:] 6,,45 going easy up stream
[18:] & turned round~ The found
[19:] some defects in the pump
[20:] of the Engines & we anchored
[21:] abreast of Yousif's house
[22:] to put it to right;

[23:] At 10,,10 Am we started for
[24:] Basreh, after having put the
[25:] Pump & Engine to right~

[26:] A fresh N.W. Wind blowing
[27:] today; but it is hazy with
[28:] dust in the sky~
[pg: 67]

[1:] At 10,,40 We arrived and
[2:] anchored at Basreh~
[3:] The S.S. Parran is up here
[4:] loading~ The dust became
[5:] thicker that we cannot
[6:] see within 500 yards off~
[7:] It cleared off towards 3 P.M.
[8:] We are shipping some cargo
[9:] & will take in 30 Tons of coal
[10:] at night~ Rufail came
[11:] to me at 4 P.M. & I went
[12:] up with him to his house;

[13:] I have lent him the money
[14:] 1000 TLiras & paid it to him
[15:] on Monday last the 22d
[16:] Instt, for 3 years @ 7 1/2 %
[17:] & he mortgaged his property
[18:] the Mahowla where he is
[19:] living by new Title deeds
[20:] made in the Tapo in my
[21:] name, I deducted the 75
[22:] Liras interest for next year
[23:] & took two Bonds from
[24:] him for the next two years
[25:] payable at the expiration
[26:] of each year;
[pg: 68]

[1:] In the evening Nessoory
[2:] Andrea came he dined
[3:] & slept with us; The weather
[4:] is very nice & cool, a Modte
[5:] N.W. Wind prevails and
[6:] the night is quite cool

28 Sund

[7:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[8:] morning; at 6 1/2 Am
[9:] I came on board~
[10:] The Mejidieh is loading,

[11:] We finished at 1 P.M. only
[12:] loaded down to 3,,8 Inches,
[13:] We have no passenger &
[14:] very few;

[15:] Rufail is going up with
[16:] us to Gorna for his dates;

[17:] We got the mails on board
[18:] Yesterday, as today there is
[19:] no Office~

[20:] I am sorry I have not
[21:] received the Answer of my
[22:] telegram to R. Korkis it
[23:] is 4 days now,
[pg: 69]

Basreh to Baghdad (//) Per SS. Mejidieh Voy 372 [29 AUG 1898 --- V048_02_N] (//)

Passge Okes GSP. Local Draft
60 1/2 112,475 3,558 1/4 3,,7

[1:] At 2 P.M. left Basreh;
[2:] Fine N. Westerly Wind~ We
[3:] have Rufail Sayegh & his
[4:] attendant going to Gorna
[5:] he paid deck passage,
[6:] Weather became very calm
[7:] & rather warm & moisty,

[8:] At 7,,50 landed Rufail
[9:] & his Clerk at Gorna &
[10:] Went on at 7,,55~ The
[11:] night became very cool~

29 Mond Th@ 5. 80

1898 Augt

[A48_070_21:013]

[A48_070_24:014]

[12:] At 0,,15 Am. passed Azair
[13:] and after 10 minutes we dropped
[14:] anchor at the top of the reach,
[15:] Fine Cool night~

[16:] At 4,,45 Proceeded,
[17:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

[18:] At 6,,10 we came to the
[19:] Shoal at Ghumeyjeh and
[20:] Could not pass over, took
[21:] an anchor ahead & hove
[22:] over, the shoal extends far
[pg: 70]
[1:] a long distance & the bottom
[2:] is clay & sticky; We took
[3:] an other anchor & hove and
[4:] steamed over;

[5:] At 10,,30 we got over and
[6:] steamed on;

[7:] At 12 got jammed in a reach
[8:] above Ghumeyjeh, a narrow
[9:] place, the river has no water
[10:] here, it is taken into the
[11:] Numerous large canals
[12:] of the Senyeh for their cultivation
[13:] and the river is left with
[14:] very scanty water; the
[15:] SS. Ressafah & Barge which
[16:] had left Baghdad on the 10th
[17:] Instt came & anchored
[18:] above us until we left
[19:] at 1 1/2 P.M. & passed her
[20:] then she proceeded down;

[21:] We have in all 31 passengers
[22:] (2 in 1st Class Khorshid Effendi
[23:] Kaimakam of Shetra and
[24:] Rashid Effendi Mohasebchi
[25:] of Amara, the former to
[26:] Coot & the latter to Amara)
[27:] and 26 workmen from
[pg: 71]
[1:] the Dock who were working
[2:] in the Mejidieh (9 Blacksmith
[3:] 3 Carpenters & 14 Tilkeflies)

[4:] At 5,,35 P.M. landed 2
[5:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[6:] & took 1 and went on at
[7:] 5,,40~ Breeze shifted to
[8:] S. West & calm warm weather

[9:] At 10,,5 P.M. arrived at
[10:] Amara landed 7 passengers
[11:] (one 1st Class Rashid Effendi
[12:] the Mohasebchi) and 2 Bales
[13:] of Cloth, Took in 10 Tons of
[14:] Coal~

30 Tuesd.

1898 Augt

[15:] At 0,,35 Am. left Amara
[16:] Light N.W. breeze & very cool
[17:] night, I felt it quite Cold
[18:] so much that I had to go
[19:] down & take up an other
[20:] blanket to cover myself, &
[21:] still I felt it cold~

[22:] At 5,,30 passed Ali
[23:] Sherghi; Gave tickets to
[24:] 17 Amara passengers
[pg: 72]

[1:] At 10,15 Am landed one
[2:] passenger at Ali Gherbi and
[3:] took 8 1/2 and Went on at 10,,25
[4:] Very light air from N.West & warm;

[5:] Strong Wind got up to blow
[6:] at noon~

[7:] At 3,,45 P.M. passed Sheikh
[8:] Saad;

[9:] At 8,,30 grounded and then [illegible]
[10:] and steamed on at 9~

[11:] At 11,,5 arrived at Coot
[12:] landed 5 passengers included
[13:] Khorshid Effendi KaimaKam
[14:] of Shetra in 1st Class~ Took
[15:] 10 Tons of Coal, and remained
[16:] for the night. The shoal here
[17:] opposite Coot has not improved
[18:] much~

31 Wedn Th@ 5, 74 Noon 101 4 P.M. 106

[19:] Light N.W. breeze & fine Cool
[20:] Weather; Pilot went to sound
[21:] the channel between the
[22:] two sand islands, At 6 Am
[23:] We steamed on to it, grounded
[24:] took an anchor [illegible]
[25:] and worked heaving & steaming
[26:] there are only 2 1/2 draaz
[27:] water~
[pg: 73]

[1:] Today is the Corronation day
[2:] of the Sultan Abdulhamid
[3:] of Turkey;~

[4:] At 9,,45 Am we got over the
[5:] Shoal and went on from
[6:] Coot; Detained few minutes
[7:] at Umel Boonny~

[8:] Detained at Umel Ajaj from
[9:] 2 till 2,,30 P.M. going over
[10:] the shoal; the S.S. Phrat is
[11:] here aground & sounding
[12:] bound down, full of Soldiers
[13:] for Katif the relief Troops;

[14:] Very hot weather & light
[15:] air from N.W.;

[16:] At 5,,50 P.M. passed
[17:] Nemlah~ Very calm
[18:] weather~ Fool moon tonight

Septr 1 Thursd Th@ 5. 76

1898 Septr.

1898

Sept

[A48_076_03:015]

[19:] Light N.W. air & fine cool
[20:] Weather~

[21:] At 2,,45 Am passed
[22:] Azizieh~

[23:] At 6,,15 passed Baghdadieh
[24:] Fort~

[25:] I paid the Ship's company
[26:] their wages for August;
[pg: 74]

[1:] At 10 Am anchored at
[2:] Oweyn & sounded found 2 3/4
[3:] draaz water, at 10,,20 we
[4:] weighed and steamed over
[5:] without touching;
[6:] Very calm & warm Weather;

[7:] At 3,,10 P.M. passed Ctesiphon
[8:] detained 10 minutes in
[9:] shoal water just opposite
[10:] the Arch;

[11:] We met at Jaffer's bank
[12:] the first batch of Horses being
[13:] exported to Bombay about
[14:] 200 of them going to Basreh,

[15:] Detained 10 minute at Jaffer
[16:] in shoal water~

[17:] At 6 passed Diala river
[18:] the weather became Cool as
[19:] soon as the sun went down;

[20:] At 9,,5 we touched the shoal
[21:] at Cherd el Pasha, the SS.
[22:] Khalifah is aground here
[23:] since this morning on
[24:] her way down, she is on
[25:] the other side, we are
[26:] on the East bank,
[pg: 75]

[1:] We anchored & sent to
[2:] sound; Pilot returned to
[3:] say there are 2 ¾ draaz,
[4:] We weighed & proceeded
[5:] at 9.45; The Khalifah
[6:] is here since this morning,
[7:] She is deep & full of passengers
[8:] as there was no steamer
[9:] before her & the Phrat had
[10:] taken soldiers down,
[11:] I sent a letter & Papers with
[12:] our Pilot to Henry but
[13:] they told him that he was
[14:] in town & brought it back;

[15:] At 10.10 landed mails
[16:] at the Residency; I also
[17:] landed in a Goffa & went
[18:] home saw Eliza she is
[19:] well, A telegram came
[20:] from Alexander in answer
[21:] to mine from Basreh
[22:] to R. Korkis London of
[23:] the 24 Ulto; It is wired
[24:] from Paris dated the 30
[pg: 76]

[1:] Ulto it says

[2:] Svoboda Baghdad
[3:] Partirai seul 15 Marseille
[4:] Port Said Alexandrette
[5:] Svoboda,

[6:] and also two letters arrived
[7:] from him from Paris & the
[8:] last one of today from
[9:] London dated the 12 Augt
[10:] he speaks nothing but
[11:] about his love with this
[12:] bloody girl & his wish
[13:] of marying her & he
[14:] is mad for her and
[15:] ill from sorrow etc etc
[16:] he even sent to us her
[17:] Photo coloured; I was
[18:] so vexed & sorry to hear
[19:] all this & especially of
[20:] his return to Paris and
[21:] not leaving before the
[22:] 15 Instt, after having got
[23:] the money which I
[24:] authorized Korkis to pay
[25:] him the 20 L £ for his
[pg: 77]
[1:] travelling expenses, he
[2:] will now spend it with
[3:] this girl in Paris, so vexed
[4:] & disappointed I became
[5:] that I could not sleep
[6:] a wink all the night and
[7:] was mad from the sorrow,
[8:] After midnight & I went
[9:] down below & read his
[10:] telegram & remained in
[11:] the room till day light

2 Frid

1898

Sept

[A48_077_14:016]

[A48_078_03:017]

[A48_079_14:018]

1898

Sept

[A48_080_14:019]

[13:] Light N.W. air & fine ~
[14:] Henry has stopped behind
[15:] this time, Mr. Bottomley has
[16:] given him leave for one
[17:] trip to see the betrothal
[18:] of his daughter Louisa
[19:] with Yousif Yaghchi on
[20:] Sunday; he called on me
[21:] at 7 am. he has given
[22:] Louisa, the Monseigneur
[23:] Altmayer has pressed
[24:] the matter & wishes to
[25:] finish it quick, and
[pg: 78]
[1:] has spoken with all our
[2:] family on the subject,
[3:] Henry & his wife it appears
[4:] are very glad to see this
[5:] union coming off; and
[6:] they listened to no body’s
[7:] advice or council;

[8:] My Sîsters Eliza, Emilia
[9:] & Medula came also to
[10:] see me, & they also were
[11:] very sorry at Alexander’s
[12:] behaviour so, towards
[13:] us; I went on board for ½
[14:] hour & came back;
[15:] Henry came to me at
[16:] 10 am. bringing me the
[17:] telegram which the
[18:] Archbishop Altmayer
[19:] has received it on the 31
[20:] Ulto; in answer to his
[21:] telegram to Cardinal
[22:] Richard of the 6 Augt,
[23:] he says:

[24:] Altmayer
[pg: 79]
[1:] Archeveque
[2:] Baghdad
[3:] Mesopotamie,
[4:] Alexandre Svoboda
[5:] Consent retourner pays,
[6:] Gejou demande famillé
[7:] autorisation avance
[8:] argent necessaire,
[9:] Cardinal Richard

[10:] this is dated from Paris
[11:] on the 31 Ulto; ~

[12:] We have arranged to let
[13:] Alexander go at once from
[14:] Paris to Constanple, so as
[15:] to see Blanche (my brother
[16:] Alexander’s widow) to arrange
[17:] about his appointment
[18:] here in the Public Debt,
[19:] as she wrote to me so; ~

[20:] Mr. J. Böhm writes to me
[21:] also I found here 3 letters
[22:] from him, he complains
[23:] very bitterly of Alexander’s
[24:] behavior, & sends me
[25:] also the corespondence
[pg: 80]
[1:] he has had with him
[2:] in Vienna & Paris, and
[3:] tells me of how that bitch
[4:] of women came even
[5:] to Vienna & lived with
[6:] him as man & wife and
[7:] it was very nearly that the
[8:] Police authority were going
[9:] to be informed & Alexander
[10:] would have had 4 weeks
[11:] imprisonment; he sent
[12:] me all the letters that Alexander
[13:] wrote to him;~

[14:] At 3 P.M. I called on Monseigneur
[15:] Altmayer, he is going
[16:] to start next Wednesday
[17:] direct for Mardin where
[18:] all the Assyrian Bishops
[19:] are to be gathered there for
[20:] the election of an Archbishop
[21:] in place of the one died
[22:] last year in Mossul
[23:] Hanna Boonnyi; and
[24:] he will be back here
[pg: 81]
[1:] on about the 20 of Nover;

[2:] I called also on Alice &
[3:] came home;

[4:] Antone Marine & Johny
[5:] & Artin called in the evening,

[6:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[7:] weather;

3’d Satur Ther @ 5 .78

1898

Sept

[8:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[9:] weather; at 7 am I came
[10:] on board; the Khalifah
[11:] had to lighten herself & yesterday
[12:] at Cherd il Pasha so
[13:] as to get over the shoal
[14:] & left at 10 am yesterday,

[15:] I went home at 11, I sent
[16:] this telegram to Alexander

[17:] Gejou Svoboda
[18:] 3 Place Cambronne
[19:] Paris
[20:] “ Avec argent reçu rendèz
[21:] “ Vous immediatement
[22:] “ Constantinople, Blanche
[23:] “ demande presence Sujét
[24:] “ emploi repondèz~
[25:] 20 mots Svoboda
[26:] 3/9/98 Frcs 11,,45

[pg: 82]
[1:] I took a bath, & at 4 PM. I
[2:] called on Henry, they are
[3:] preparing sits for tomorrow
[4:] morning for the betrothal
[5:] of Louisa with Yousif
[6:] Yaghchi & are inviting good
[7:] many people; I came
[8:] home at 6,

[9:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[10:] weather, I have the pain
[11:] in my stomach since 5 days

4 Sund

1898

Sept

Louisa daughter of my Brother Henry was betrothed with Yousif Rufail Yaghchi she was born on the 20 March 1876 ~

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] morning; I did not go
[14:] to church, but at 8 am
[15:] Eliza & I went over to Henry
[16:] Great many people came,
[17:] they were invited by Henry;
[18:] also D. Rosen the German
[19:] Consul. Dr. & Mrs. Hesse the
[20:] German Chancellier, Mr.
[21:] Bottomley, Edward son
[22:] of Tom Blockey; all my
[23:] Sisters & children etc etc,
[24:] After an hour the Yaghchies
[25:] came, Yousif the future
[26:] Bride groom & his brother
[pg: 83]
[1:] Michail & about 40 or 50
[2:] persons with them, also
[3:] Monsigneur Altmayer
[4:] the french Priests, the
[5:] Armenian Priest, Asfars
[6:] & many Christians; the
[7:] ladies were upstairs &
[8:] the gentlemen sat down in
[9:] the courtyard, shortly
[10:] after we all went up
[11:] & the ceremony was read
[12:] By Kass Phillippus the
[13:] Armenian Priest & the
[14:] ring was passed by the
[15:] Archbishop Altmayer
[16:] & the people drank
[17:] Sherbet & it was over
[18:] by 10; ~ Eliza & I remained
[19:] & breakfasted there as
[20:] well as Grzeski my sisters
[21:] & Michail Yaghchi,
[22:] I went to call on the French
[23:] Priests, also on the Bishop
[24:] Aghnatius who is unwell
[25:] with fever & is going to
[26:] start on Wednesday
[pg: 84]
[1:] evening the 7th in Company
[2:] with Monseigneur Altmayer
[3:] to Mardin via Deir
[4:] for the election of a new
[5:] Assyrian Patriarch ~

[6:] I came back to Henry’s
[7:] at 12 & found a telegram
[8:] from London from Rezooki
[9:] Korkis just arrived saying

[10:] Svoboda Baghdad
[11:] Alexandre demande vingt
[12:] sterling pour depenser, payrons
[13:] telegraphiez, epoque depart
[14:] incertaine
[15:] 3 Septr. Razkallah

[16:] I am astonished to see this
[17:] telegram as mine of the
[18:] 24 Augt from Basreh could
[19:] not have possibly reached
[20:] him; if is now 13 days ~

[21:] I went home at 2 P.M.
[22:] Jeboory Asfar came to pay
[23:] us a visit, while here I
[24:] received a telegram from
[25:] Alexader Paris
[26:] dated today at 10 am
[pg: 85]

[1:] Svoboda Baghdad
[2:] Partirai Constantinople
[3:] 7~

[4:] This is the answer of my
[5:] telegram of yesterday’s &
[6:] I hope he will do it soon,

[7:] Light N.W. & fine weather

5 Mond

1898

Sept

[A48_085_12:020]

[8:] Light N.W. & fine ~ at 7 am
[9:] I went to the Latin church
[10:] by invitation from the father
[11:] where theatrical representation
[12:] was given by the school
[13:] boys in french prose,
[14:] the scene was Jean d’Arc
[15:] in 5 acts, Great many
[16:] people were, as well as the
[17:] french Consul Mr. Rouet,
[18:] the Russian Mr. Grougloff,
[19:] Monseig. Altmayer, the
[20:] [CROSSOUT] Chaldean Patriarch
[21:] & some Englishmen as Mr.
[22:] Bottomley etc; & all the
[23:] Christians it was over by
[24:] 10 am; I then came
[25:] on board, paid the
[pg: 86]
[1:] officers wages etc. Went
[2:] home at 12 ~ at 3 P.M.
[3:] called on Asfars but found
[4:] no body there; I called
[5:] on Sister Eliza & Medula,
[6:] my wife came there and
[7:] we came home.

[8:] Light N.W. & rather warm,

6’ Tuesd Therm@ 5.79

[9:] Light N.W. air & fine ~
[10:] at 6 ½ am called on Catherina
[11:] Yaghchi & congratulated
[12:] her on the betrothal of her
[13:] son Yousif, called on Anton
[14:] Marine & then came
[15:] on board, We are shipping
[16:] cargo ; ~

[17:] At 12 I went home,
[18:] the Monseigneur Altmayer
[19:] had called to see us & bid
[20:] goodbye as he starts tomorrow
[21:] evening but no one was
[22:] at home & he left his card;

[23:] At 2 ½ P.M. I came on
[24:] board ~ The SS. Mossul
[25:] arrived at 2 ¾ P.M.

[26:] We shipped a lot of cargo
[pg: 87]
[1:] today, as the merchants are
[2:] afraid of our refusing it
[3:] tomorrow, After the ship
[4:] having competed her loading
[5:] mark; we do not want
[6:] to load her deep as the
[7:] state of the river is very
[8:] bad ~ At 5 P.M. I went
[9:] home found Henry there,
[10:] I took him & called on
[11:] the Assyrian Bishop
[12:] Aghnatius to bid him good
[13:] bye; as he leaves tomorrow
[14:] evening to Mardin ~ Henry
[15:] returned with me to my house,
[16:] Artin also came & spent the
[17:] evening ~

[18:] Light N.W. wind & fine
[19:] cool night.

7 WednTherm 5.79

1898

Sept

[A48_087_24:021]

[A48_088_23:022]

1898 Sept

[20:] Modte N.W. wind & fine
[21:] weather; Henry came
[22:] to me and we went to call
[23:] on Monseigneur Altmayer
[24:] to wish him good bye, he
[25:] starts this evening for
[26:] Mardin via Deir, in a
[27:] Takhtarawan, also the
[pg: 88]
[1:] Assyrian Bishop, for the
[2:] election of a Patriarch,
[3:] Père Augustin is left here
[4:] until the return of Altmayer
[5:] here on about the 20th of
[6:] November, I requested him
[7:] that should my son Alexander
[8:] (who leaves Paris today
[9:] according to his telegram)
[10:] wishes to go from Aleppo
[11:] to Mardin to join and come
[12:] back together to be so good
[13:] as to look after him;
[14:] Johny & Artin came with
[15:] us; we passed to see Alice
[16:] & Sister Emilia & I came
[17:] on board at 8 ~ The SS
[18:] Mossul droped inside to
[19:] the wharf to discharge,
[20:] she is ordered to go up river
[21:] some where near Kadumain
[22:] to meet the new Mushir
[23:] Pasha coming by and
[24:] having passed Ana 4
[25:] days ago & bring him
[26:] down; He was the Waly
[pg: 89]
[1:] & Mushir at Yemen, is
[2:] called; Ahmed Feydi Pasha,

[3:] At 11 went to breakfast,
[4:] I found a telegram at
[5:] home just arrived from
[6:] Alexander from Paris
[7:] dated the 5th,

[8:] Svoboda Baghdad
[9:] Cant go Constantinople
[10:] Cause Passport;

[11:] This ungrateful son is
[12:] giving me great trouble
[13:] and behaving very badly,
[14:] he simply is dodging with
[15:] excuses & lies; but he
[16:] does not know his bad
[17:] consequence & ruin, he
[18:] will get no more money
[19:] from me;

[20:] I went to see Henry &
[21:] talked over this telegram
[22:] they all consulted me
[23:] to wire him to come
[24:] out by sea, where there
[25:] is no passport necessary
[pg: 90]

[1:] I came on board at 2
[2:] P.M. we shipped some more
[3:] cargo; Having our 90,000
[4:] Okes; At 6 P.M. I went home
[5:] saw Henry there; they wanted
[6:] me to wire to Alexander
[7:] to let him come by sea
[8:] to Basreh, so that he can
[9:] show no more excuses,
[10:] but I wont do it, & it is
[11:] better to let him remain
[12:] unanswered & no more
[13:] money will he receive so
[14:] that he will feel it and
[15:] until he begins to starve,

[16:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[17:] night ~

1898 Septr

8 Thurs

[A48_091_14:023]

[18:] Modte n.w. & fine cool
[19:] weather; at 4 am I
[20:] came on board, having
[21:] sent to Jeboory Asfar to
[22:] come onboard as he is
[23:] going with us ~
[pg: 91]

Baghdad to Basrah [8 SEP 1898 --- V048_03_S] (//)

Passenger Okes GS Piast Draft
229 93,339 26,208 1/4 3,,7

[1:] At 5.20 am we proceeded
[2:] the ship is full of passengers,
[3:] we touched at Cherd el Pasha
[4:] & swung round & proceeded;

[5:] At 7.50 passed Diala river
[6:] At 9,25 passed Ctesiphon,
[7:] the Mejidieh is drawning 3.6,

[8:] I gave tickets to the passengers

[9:] we have altogether
[10:] (4 in 1st class, Dr. Ramsey
[11:] the Residency Surgeon going to
[12:] Basreh to officiate as Consul
[13:] in the absence of Capt Forbes
[14:] who went on leave 2 months
[15:] ago; G. Asfar returning to
[16:] Basreh free with 2 servants,
[17:] the wife of AbdulKadur Khdery
[18:] to Amara paying, and
[19:] Jejo son of Moorad Lynch's
[20:] Clerk to Basreh with one
[21:] servant free; also 2 in
[22:] 2d Class to Coot, Rezooki
[23:] son of Elias Feraj & his wife
[pg: 92]

[1:] At 9,,40 P.M. we touched
[2:] at Oweyn & grounded &
[3:] the steering chain parted
[4:] we look out & anchor &
[5:] have on aft; she wont move,
[6:] a fresh n.w. wind blowing;

[7:] At 6 P.M. we got off & floated
[8:] and remained at anchor for
[9:] the night; A light and
[10:] very cool n.w. breeze kept
[11:] on all the night; I slept in
[12:] my cabin & found it very
[13:] cool;

1898 Septr

9 Frid Ther @ 5.72

[A48_093_06:024]

[14:] Light n.w. & very cool weather

[15:] At 5,,15 am. we weighed
[16:] and proceeded from Oweyn;

[17:] At 7,55 passed Baghdadieh
[18:] Fort; The wreck of the
[19:] Dijleh is more visible out
[20:] of the water than any other
[21:] years, the Paddle boxes, the
[22:] Boss, the Crank Engine,
[23:] Cylinder & other parts of
[24:] the Engine are visible,
[25:] there is a sand bank
[pg: 93]
[1:] forming just below the
[2:] Engine room high & dry
[3:] this shows that the river
[4:] is this year lower than
[5:] any other former years,
[6:] It is just 22 years yesterday
[7:] since we touched and
[8:] got wrecked in her (8
[9:] Septr 1876) ~

[10:] At 9 we grounded at Rmelat
[11:] took an anchor out astern
[12:] worked for & aft in heaving
[13:] off ~ at 1 P.M. got off and
[14:] proceeded ~ at 1,,15 P.M.
[15:] anchored at Abdulla
[16:] reach and sounded; wind
[17:] blowing strong;

[18:] At 2 we proceeded over
[19:] the shoal without touching,

[20:] At 3,,15 passed Azizieh
[21:] At 3,,30 grounded below
[22:] Azizieh hove off & proceeded
[23:] at 4,,15;

[24:] At 6,,45 we anchored
[25:] at Um Sneyem~
[pg: 94]
[1:] Modte n.w. & fine cool
[2:] weather, I slept in my cabin,
[3:] but the wind was on the other
[4:] side & so I felt it rather warm
[5:] in the first part of the night;

10 Sater Ther @ 5.74

[6:] Light n.w. & fine cool weather

[7:] At 5,,15 Am left Um Sneyem

[8:] At 6,,45 anchored at Sheresh
[9:] to sound the Channel;

[10:] At 7,,20 proceeded ~

[11:] At 8,40 passed Memlah,
[12:] At 9, landed specie at
[13:] Bughela & went on at 9,,10
[14:] wind getting up & strong;

[15:] At 10 we grounded at Mehd,
[16:] the SS Phrat & Barge are here;
[17:] she crossed our bow and
[18:] steamed up at 10 1/2; we
[19:] took an anchor out astern
[20:] & hove her out; Strong wind
[21:] blowing, we furled the awnings;

[22:] At 12 hot off & proceeded
[23:] At 1,,10 P.M. anchored at
[24:] Um el Ajaj & sounded; ~

[25:] At 3,,15 proceeded on, we
[26:] were repairing the steering block
[27:] which had broken;
[pg: 95]

[1:] At 6,,50 P.M. arrived at
[2:] Coot & went alongside
[3:] landed 46 passengers
[4:] (2 of the 2d Class Cabin) &
[5:] 35 packgez; ~

[6:] I am suffering awfully from the
[7:] pain in my stomach, I have
[8:] it the whole day, I am taking
[9:] all I can, the sulphur and
[10:] cream of Tartar; Bicarbonate
[11:] of Soda Rhubarb, fruit Salt,
[12:] also Jeboory Asfar gave me
[13:] a bottle of Apolinaris water
[14:] but to no effect at all ~

[15:] We finished at 7 and remained
[16:] at Coot for the night ~

[17:] Light n.w. & cool night I
[18:] slept in my cabin ~

11 Sund Ther @ 5.73

1898 Septr

[A48_096_20:025]

[A48_096_22:026]

Motserrif of Amara Mostapha Pasha dismissed on the 23d Augt

[19:] Light n.w. & fine cool weather

[20:] At 5,,30 am we left
[21:] Coot; Took 26 1/2 Passengers,
[22:] At 6,,30 anchored to sound
[23:] At 7,,5 proceeded ~ At 11,, we
[24:] grounded at Aboo Dood
[25:] have off and at 12 proceeded
[26:] fresh n.w. wind ~
[pg: 96]

[1:] At 1 1/2 P.M. we grounded
[2:] hove off and at 2,,40 proceeded.

[3:] At 2,,45 passed the S.S. Khalifah
[4:] bound up, she looks light
[5:] & has few passengers, I
[6:] had left a letter for Henry at
[7:] Coot to be taken up to him
[8:] to Baghdad, ~ wind has got
[9:] hot today;

[10:] At 3,30 P.M. anchored at
[11:] Maghessil and Sounded; at
[12:] 3,45 proceeded;

[13:] At 3,,55 stopped to land a
[14:] passenger at Ali Gherbi, found
[15:] a lot of passengers here coming
[16:] we anchored, and at 4,,5
[17:] proceeded having taken 18 1/2
[18:] passengers, these people cannot
[19:] go down to Amara in boats
[20:] at Danegs as the road is
[21:] not safe, they say that the
[22:] Sheikh of Beni Laam
[23:] Ghadban son of Booneyeh
[24:] the son of Mezban, is
[25:] plundering all the way
[26:] from Coot to Amara,
[pg: 97]
[1:] several Boats have been
[2:] already plundered, this
[3:] is since the Mutserrif of
[4:] Amara Mostapha Basha
[5:] has been dismissed &
[6:] passed up yesterday on
[7:] board the Phrat, he has
[8:] made nearly 20,000 Liras
[9:] in his short stay of about
[10:] two years all by bribery
[11:] & corruption from the Arab
[12:] Sheikhs; Ghadban has
[13:] again assumed his independent
[14:] manner towards the Turkish
[15:] Government; and at Amara
[16:] the Authorities are weak &
[17:] possess very small military
[18:] force ~

[19:] At 5,,30 we grounded at
[20:] the top of Flefleh reach,
[21:] took out an anchor astern
[22:] & hove her into deep water
[23:] we get off at 6,,30 steamed
[24:] up, turned round & went on
[25:] at 6,,50 by going down
[26:] through the Shoal & the
[27:] East bank ~
[pg: 98]

[1:] Very light n.w. air and
[2:] not so cool as before; &

[3:] Light n.w. & cool weather

1898 Septr

12 Mond Ther @ 5.40 Noon 88

[4:] At 2 Am. we arrived
[5:] at Amara landed 44 1/2
[6:] passengers (one in 1st class
[7:] the wife of AbdulKadur Khdery)
[8:] and 138 Packages; Shipped
[9:] 5 cases of Pelican Feathers
[10:] for Asfar & Co; ~

[11:] At 5 am left Anara
[12:] took 11 1/2 Passengers & zaptyes
[13:] our usual escort ;

[14:] We passed the SS. Ressafah
[15:] and Barge bound up at 1 am;

[16:] At 11 am we came to the
[17:] shoal place at Ghumeyjeh,
[18:] several Boats are here ladden
[19:] & cannot pass; we grounded
[20:] & worked on & over with
[21:] anchors & at 0.45 P.m.
[22:] went over & proceeded,

[23:] At 1,,30 P.M. anchored off
[24:] Azair and landed 3 1/2 passengers
[25:] & 17 packages (11 Tins oil & 6
[26:] Bags Onions)

[27:] At 1,,45 proceeded
[pg: 99]

[1:] At 4,,50 P.M. anchored at
[2:] Gorna went alongside and
[3:] landed 40 Packges and 12
[4:] passengers, ~

[5:] At 5,,20 left Gorna, calm
[6:] weather & rather warm ;

[7:] At 9,,45 P.M. arrived at
[8:] Basreh; weather has become
[9:] warmer, I had to sleep up
[10:] on the house, Jeboory Asfar
[11:] went to his house ~
[12:] We coaled ship at night;

13 Tuesd Ther @ 5.72

1898 Sept

[A48_100_23:027]

[13:] Light n.w. & fine weather,
[14:] The Indian Marine Residency
[15:] Steamer of Bushire the Lawrence
[16:] came up at 6 1/2 am from
[17:] the quarantine station;
[18:] we are discharging and
[19:] shipping cargo; There is
[20:] the SS. Afghanistan here
[21:] up from quarantine, she
[22:] is to load dates for America,
[23:] also the SS. Brukside for
[24:] Mackenzie & the B.I. Str
[25:] Khandallah are in quarantine

[26:] Yousif Marine &Rufail
[pg: 100]
[1:] came to me on board they
[2:] enquired about Alexander
[3:] & what became of him,
[4:] I gave them his letters &
[5:] telegrams to read; at 11
[6:] I went up with them to
[7:] Rufails house for an
[8:] hour & returned at 1 P.M.

[9:] Modte n.w. wind
[10:] We finished shipping cargo by
[11:] 5 P.M. ~ we are to await
[12:] for the mail Str Amra she
[13:] passed Fao & will be here
[14:] they say by 9 P.M. ~
[15:] Rufail Rezooki, Nessoory
[16:] Andria came off to me

[17:] The SS. Lawrence, I am
[18:] told is to remain here in
[19:] the date season to patrol
[20:] the river between this &
[21:] Fao on account of the frequent
[22:] Piracy & robbery etc.
[23:] taking place every year
[pg: 101]
[1:] by Arabs in plundering
[2:] Bugalows coming up
[3:] for loading dates, there
[4:] are two other Gunboats
[5:] coming also up for this
[6:] purpose shortly, the
[7:] Lapunig & Sphinx, &
[8:] the English Consulate
[9:] has already notified this
[10:] to the Local Government
[11:] here ~

[12:] At 4 1/4 P.M. the mail
[13:] Str Amra arrived in quarantine
[14:] We sent for our mail;
[15:] Very calm weather,

[16:] At 10 1/2 mails were brought
[17:] on board after undergoing
[18:] fumigation at the quarantine;

Basreh to Baghdad [13 SEP 1898 --- V048_04_N] (//)

14 Wedn Ther @ 5.74

1898 Septr

Passng Okes G.S. Local Draft
110 119,735 6,528 3/4 3,,10

[20:] At 11 we weighed & proceeded
[21:] Light n.w. air but cool;
[22:] I slept in my cabin but it was
[23:] rather warm at the beginning
[24:] & cool afterward ;
[pg: 102]

[1:] Light n.w. air & fine cool
[2:] weather;

[3:] At 4 AM. passed Gorna
[4:] we had the flood tide with
[5:] us ~

[6:] Finished with the passengers
[7:] tickets ~ we have altogether
[8:] 40 1/2 (one in 1st Class Sheikh
[9:] Hussein an Arab of Meshed
[10:] who goes always up & down
[11:] with us)

[12:] At 7,,35 passed Azair ;
[13:] At 9,,15 came to the Shoal
[14:] at Ghumeyjeh, took out an
[15:] anchor & hove over, the
[16:] ship is 3 feet 10;
[17:] Kept working with anchors
[18:] for & aft all the day, she
[19:] moves but does not get over
[20:] the shoal the river is so
[21:] very narrow here about
[22:] 150 feet broad, at 5 we
[23:] got over & went about 50
[24:] Yards & grounded again
[25:] took anchor ahead &
[26:] hove, weather very calm
[27:] by sunset & rather warm,
[28:] there are 4 or 5 Boats
[pg: 103]
[1:] here also discharging their
[2:] cargo to get over; ~

[3:] At 7 P.M. we knocked off heaving
[4:] it having got dark ~ Light,
[5:] n.w. air, and some mosquitoes
[6:] are coming; I slept on the
[7:] top of the house, being too
[8:] warm in the cabin ~

15 Thursd Ther @ 5.68

Low state of river below Amara

1898 Sept

[A48_105_01:028]

Difficulty in closing canals

[A48_105_19:029]

[A48_106_03:030]

[9:] Light n.w. & cool morning,
[10:] at day break begun heaving,
[11:] got over but there are other
[12:] shoal places further on,
[13:] it is a long shoal. ~

[14:] At 8,,15 got over this shoal
[15:] and went on but the ship is
[16:] dragging & forcing herself over
[17:] shoal water and very
[18:] narrow river, there are from
[19:] 2 1/2 to 3 draaz; the river is
[20:] quite lost, all the war is
[21:] taken away through so many
[22:] canals from Amara &
[23:] downward to irrigate the
[24:] Sultans property all our
[25:] complaints since 3 years
[26:] and now renewed too is
[27:] not listened to by the Turkish
[28:] Government, the river is
[pg: 104]
[1:] getting nearly dry and
[2:] not navigable at all ~
[3:] Detained below the Elbow reach
[4:] from 10,,15 to 10,,30 for the
[5:] Launch having parted and
[6:] had to send & bring it up ;
[7:] we are going slow, no water
[8:] to float us; ~

[9:] At 2,,40 P.M. landed one
[10:] passenger at Kalat Saleh
[11:] and went on at 2,,45

[12:] weather very calm Sultry
[13:] and light S. Erly breeze;

[14:] (my stomach pain is still
[15:] Killing me it comes twice
[16:] a day & once at night,
[17:] I am using all the usual
[18:] medicine which I have
[19:] administered before)

[20:] At 7,,5 P.M. arrived at
[21:] Amara landed 15 passengers,
[22:] Took in 10 Tons of Coal ~
[23:] Light S. Ely breeze. but cool,

[24:] At 9,,30 left Amara

[25:] At 9,,45 anchored to repair
[26:] a float & left at 11 ~

[27:] We heard at Amara that
[pg: 105]
[1:] Missat Effendi the Turkish
[2:] Civil Engineer of the Vilayet
[3:] of Basreh who was sent
[4:] up about 2 months ago
[5:] by the Government to close up
[6:] some Canals above Amara
[7:] so as to get more water
[8:] into the river, after so many
[9:] repeated reports made by
[10:] the Captain to S Lynch & Co.
[11:] & there through the British
[12:] Consuls to the Local Governors,
[13:] has returned a few days
[14:] ago from abov Amara
[15:] about 3 hours steaming
[16:] where he had gone to Close
[17:] a small canal on the West
[18:] bank called Btera being
[19:] plundered and bitten by
[20:] the Arabs of Ezerij also
[21:] the Mason & the 4 zaptyes
[22:] he had with him because
[23:] the Arabs would not let
[24:] him close it & he had to
[25:] walk naked & barefooted
[26:] to Amara, the new
[pg: 106]
[1:] Acting Motserrif of Nasryeh
[2:] (now Officiating at Amara)
[3:] Sent for the Sheikh of the Ezerij
[4:] and had him flogged and
[5:] put him in irons~

16 Frid Therm @ 5.7 Noon 94 4 P.m. 98

1898 Sept

[6:] S. Erly breeze & fine weather,
[7:] Gave tickets to [strikeout] 34 Amara
[8:] passengers;

[9:] At 8,,15 am stopped at
[10:] Ali Gherbi & landed 5 passengers
[11:] and about 25 Baskets of
[12:] fresh dates from Amara
[13:] At 8,,40 went on, took 9 1/2
[14:] passengers. Fresh S. Erly
[15:] Wind blowing;~

[16:] At 1,,45 P.M. passed
[17:] Sheikh Saad, very calm
[18:] weather; Breeze shifted
[19:] to N. Wester very light & warm

[20:] Detained in Shoal water,

[21:] at Hwey (cutting) from
[22:] 5,,45 till 6 P.M.~ Light
[23:] S. Erly breeze again but
[24:] Calm & not cool at all
[25:] Thermot. in my Cabin 98˚
[pg: 107]
[1:] Detained 1/2 hour in Shoal
[2:] below Coot~

[3:] At 8,,30 P.M. arrived at
[4:] Coot, landed 4 passengers,
[5:] Light S. Erly breeze~

[6:] At 9,,30 left Coot;

17 Satur Therm @ 5.74

[7:] Light S. Erly breeze; At 2
[8:] am we grounded at Mehd;
[9:] worked with anchors, &
[10:] hove over~

[11:] At 6,,15 am the S.S. Mossul
[12:] Came down & anchored &
[13:] Above us & sent to sound,
[14:] She is 4 days from Baghdad;

[15:] I gave tickets to 26 Coot
[16:] passengers;~

[17:] At 7,,25 we hove over
[18:] and proceeded; the Mossul
[19:] Came down to pass by
[20:] our place, she is full of
[21:] Passengers & cargo too
[22:] both Steamer & Barge;

[23:] At 8,,40 passed Nemlah,
[24:] At 11,,20 passed the S.S. Khalifah
[25:] going down at Deboony,
[26:] Terooza Yaghchi (Wife of
[pg: 108]
[1:] Nessoory Andria & her children
[2:] were on board returning
[3:] to Basreh) Wind shifting
[4:] to West;~ Weather became
[5:] hazy, dusty sky & warm
[6:] wind keeps from South;

[7:] At 4,,15 P.M. grounded
[8:] at Brenij, took an anchor
[9:] out ahead & hove off; we
[10:] find no water to pass, sent
[11:] to sound & took an other
[12:] anchor out;~ Hot air
[13:] coming with the breeze
[14:] from N. Est & Weather
[15:] became hazy like a winter
[16:] cloudy season; Thermot.
[17:] 98˚ at 6 1/2 P.M. in my
[18:] Cabin~ There are two deep
[19:] places here out we are working
[20:] for nothing & loosing time
[21:] until it became dark;

[22:] At 8,,5 we got over and
[23:] proceeded

[24:] At 8..35 passed Azizieh,
[25:] went easy & stopping and
[26:] backing, at 10,,45 we
[pg: 109]
[1:] anchored at Rmelat, to
[2:] repair the wheel~

18 Sund Therm @ 72 Noon 90

[A48_110_13:031]

[3:] At 2 Am we finished the
[4:] repair of the wheel proceeded,

[5:] At 4 passed Baghdadieh
[6:] fort;~

[7:] Light S. Erly breeze~

[8:] At 5,,20 am landed 2 passengers
[9:] at Zwera village and went
[10:] out at 5,,30 ~
[11:]

[12:] We passed Oweyn without
[13:] touching at 7,,45 the Channel
[14:] is very good now;

[15:] At 10 passed Bostan;
[16:] Calm weather & warm;

[17:] At 0,,30 P.M. passed
[18:] Ctesiphon~

[19:] At 1,,30 came to a Shoal
[20:] at Gusseiba just near
[21:] the Island of Zumbaraniyeh
[22:] the S.S. Phrat & Barge
[23:] are here bound down,
[24:] She got underway after
[25:] having sounded at 1,,35,

[26:] We were detained in
[27:] crossing over the Shoal
[pg: 110]
[1:] till 1,,50 when we passed
[2:] over;~

[3:] Weather warm & calm,
[4:] (Since two days the pain
[5:] of my stomach has ceased
[6:] & I feel better).

[7:] Detained 25 minutes at Jaffer
[8:] in finding the Channel;

[9:] At 4 P.M. passed Diala
[10:] River; At 5,,15 I landed
[11:] at Gherrarah & walked to
[12:] town; there are 7 Tents at
[13:] Gherrarah of Christians encamped
[14:] there, Selman Durion and
[15:] others; also on the other side
[16:] the family of Korkis Tessy etc;

[17:] I met Dr. Rosen on horse
[18:] back the German Consul
[19:] he told me of the Assasination
[20:] of the Empress of Austria
[21:] Elizabeth, she was she was stabbed
[22:] by an Anarchist at Geneva
[23:] on Sunday last the
[24:] 11th Instt; just on celebration
[25:] of the day of the Jubilee
[26:] of her husband the
[pg: 111]
[1:] Emperor Francis Joseph,
[2:] I hold heard it at Basreh,
[3:] on the night of our leaving
[4:] from our 2nd mate who
[5:] brought the mail up
[6:] from the Amra;~

[7:] At 7 I arrived home went
[8:] on top of the house, saw
[9:] Eliza, she says that a
[10:] telegram from Alexander
[11:] came asking for money
[12:] & also his letters by the
[13:] two last mails, his telegram
[14:] is as follows;

[15:] "Svoboda Baghdad
[16:] "Embarassé indisposé
[17:] "Korkis refuse payment
[18:] "Autorisez Ottombanque;

[19:] It is dated the 11th Instt,
[20:] and arrived the 14th;

[21:] Not only this is most
[22:] disappointing telegram
[23:] & enraging but the
[24:] worst is that, the
[25:] foolish thing is that
[pg: 112]
[1:] Georgis Antone has brought
[2:] to my wife a Receipt from
[3:] Alexander dated London
[4:] 20th Augt for 30 T Liras having
[5:] received it from his agent
[6:] at Constple according to
[7:] the letter of recommendation
[8:] I had obtained from Georgis
[9:] to his agent Nazaret Kasberyan
[10:] to pay him this sum on
[11:] his arrival at Constple &
[12:] not otherwise. I was so
[13:] enraged at what this scamp
[14:] is doing; he is trying to
[15:] get money from all ways
[16:] & manners;~

[17:] The Mejidieh arrived
[18:] at about 9. She was aground
[19:] at Cherd el Pasha~

19 Mond

[20:] Modte N.W. Wind & fine
[21:] weather~ Habib Chiha
[22:] & Antone Julietti called
[23:] on me;~ At 9 am I
[24:] came on board, the S.S.
[25:] Ressafah is inside here
[26:] discharging~ I sent
[pg: 113]
[1:] back to Georgis Antone the
[2:] receipt of Alexander for
[3:] the 30 Liras he has drawn
[4:] from his agent at Constple,
[5:] He came on board & we
[6:] had great discussion about
[7:] it. I refused to pay it
[8:] as his agent had no
[9:] right to pay it unless
[10:] Alexander comes himself
[11:] to Constple & presents the
[12:] letter;~

[13:] I made the following telegram
[14:] for Alexander and
[15:] sent it at noon;

[16:] "Gejou Svoboda
[17:] "3 Place Cambronne
[18:] "Paris
[19:] "Absolutely refuse advanced
[20:] "more money, You must
[21:] "come by Steamer “Cogent”
[22:] "leaving Marseilles 22,
[23:] “Asfar wired Saunnièr
[24:] "passage paid, wire
[25:] "departure
[26:] 30 words Svoboda
[27:] 19/9/98
[pg: 114]

[1:] I went to the office saw
[2:] M. Bottomley asked him
[3:] to give my wife passage
[4:] to Basreh going for the
[5:] benefit of her health
[6:] She is suffering much on
[7:] account of Alexander's
[8:] grief & sorrow~ I came
[9:] home, sent a telegram
[10:] to G. Asfar Basreh viz;

[11:] "Asfar Basreh
[12:] "Please wire Saunièr
[13:] "if Alexander embarks
[14:] "Cogent passage paid
[15:] 12 words Svoboda
[16:] G.S. P. 18 1/4

[17:] At noon, Antone Marine
[18:] sent us a telegram which
[19:] he received from Alexander
[20:] just received it is dated
[21:] the 18 yesterday from Paris

[22:] "Antone Marine
[23:] "Baghdad
[24:] "Seriously sick imploring
[pg: 115]

[1:] "aide mother~

[2:] He is in want of nothing
[3:] else but money & refuses
[4:] to move out of Paris &
[5:] is trying all sorts and
[6:] dodges to get money,
[7:] my resources are exhausted
[8:] and I am getting sick
[9:] and disgusted of his
[10:] behaviour and his contancrous
[11:] way; I have lost all
[12:] love & confidence on
[13:] this boy, he is becoming
[14:] stupid & has lost his
[15:] heart through his love
[16:] with this french girl;

[17:] My wife always weeping
[18:] & does not know what
[19:] to do; Antone Johny &
[20:] Artin came to us, we
[21:] come to the conclusion
[22:] to sent a telegram in
[23:] Antones name to Alexander
[24:] to tell him that his
[pg: 116]
[1:] mother has at last been
[2:] persuaded to sent him
[3:] 200 frcs for his travelling
[4:] expenses to Marseilles
[5:] through R. Korkis & this
[6:] will be the last sum
[7:] expected from us~

20 Thursd Therm @ 5.7˚

New Mushir Ahmed Fezi Pasha

[8:] Light N.W. air & fine cool
[9:] weather~ Sister Emilia
[10:] called on us; I left at 7 1/2
[11:] am & went to Antone to
[12:] sign the telegram we proposed
[13:] to send to Alexander,
[14:] it is as follows~

[15:] "Svoboda
[16:] "19 Rue Vieux Colombiér
[17:] "Paris
[18:] " Persuaded mother remit
[19:] "eight pounds Korkis
[20:] "for travelling Marseilles
[21:] "going Basreh meet you
[22:] "last remittance expected
[23:] "father ill~ Marine
[24:] 25 words
[25:] 20/9/98
[pg: 117]

[1:] I also made the following
[2:] telegram to R. Korkis

[3:] "Ras Kallah
[4:] "London
[5:] "Please pay Alexander
[6:] "eight pounds Svoboda
[7:] 8 words
[8:] 20/9/98~
[9:] I sent both at 9 am which
[10:] made 20 frcs~

[11:] I called on Sedi wife of
[12:] G. Asfar for 1/2 hour and
[13:] then came on board; the
[14:] Ressafah is alongside the
[15:] wharf discharging; and
[16:] the Mejidieh is discharging
[17:] into the Barge as we are
[18:] leaving Thursday;

[19:] The new Mushir Commander
[20:] in Chief of the 6th Army Corps
[21:] Ahmed Fezy Pasha has
[22:] arrived in Baghdad on last
[23:] Wednesday the 14th via
[24:] Aleppo & Deir as I have
[pg: 118]
[1:] mentioned him on the 7th Instt,

[2:] I went home at 11;~ at 3
[3:] P.M. I called on Sister Eliza &
[4:] on Alice & Sister Emilia,
[5:] & came home at 5, had a
[6:] cold bath;~

[7:] Very fine & cool weather,
[8:] moon 6 days old;

1898 Septr

21 Wedn Therm @ 5.7˚

[9:] Light N.W. & fine weather,
[10:] cool breeze & even quite cool
[11:] on top of the house;

[12:] At 7 1/2 am I came on board,

[13:] We had taken a lot of cargo
[14:] yesterday before sunset;
[15:] and are taking now too;

[16:] At 11 1/2 went to breakfast, Eliza
[17:] is sending her Kit on board to
[18:] go down with me to Basreh;
[19:] As she is very lonely & suffering
[20:] much on account of Alexander
[21:] She is always sorry & weeping,

[22:] At 1 P.M. I came on board
[23:] We shipped all the cargo that
[24:] we wanted for the present
[25:] state of the river, and at 4
[26:] P.M. we finished & hauled out
[27:] from the bank~
[pg: 119]

[1:] Very light breeze & rather
[2:] warm; We have 8700 Okes
[3:] on board~ At 5 1/2 P.M.
[4:] I went on shore, passed
[5:] to see Sister Medula for
[6:] few minutes & came home
[7:] there came Antone Marine,
[8:] his wife & children, Catherina
[9:] Yaghchi, Shekoory Sayegh,
[10:] Johny & Artin to see Eliza,
[11:] as she is going Basreh;

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] weather;

22 Thursd Therm @ 5.64 11 Am 90 4 P.m. 94

[14:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[15:] weather; we were up at
[16:] 2 am; Gathered all the
[17:] kit & locked the rooms etc
[18:] and at 4 1/2 came on
[19:] board, Eliza & her servant
[20:] Mariam the Tilkefli girl
[21:] We have no one in the Cabins,
[22:] except my wife;~
[pg: 120]

Baghdad to Basreh [22 SEP 1898 --- V048_05_S] (//)

Passng Okes GS Piast Draft
151 1/2 88,227 17842 3/4 3,,5

[1:] At 5,,30 Am the Mejidieh
[2:] got underway & proceeded,
[3:] she is drawing 3 feet 5 Inches

[4:] Many Christians are encamped
[5:] on the opposite side of the
[6:] river facing the town lower
[7:] down;~

[8:] At 6,,20 we anchored close
[9:] to the Island of the Kher, to
[10:] bring on board the chain
[11:] which was fastened to the
[12:] sunken Coal Boat of S Lynch
[13:] this last high rise;
[14:] At 7 we took the chain and
[15:] proceeded~

[16:] Passed Gherrarah & the Bridge
[17:] at 7 1/2 we saw the Tents of
[18:] Korkis family on the other side,
[19:] & other Christians on this side,

[20:] At 8 1/2 passed Diala
[21:] At 9 anchored at Jaffer
[22:] to sound~ At 9,,30 we
[23:] proceeded, but grounded &
[24:] took out an anchor aft &
[pg: 121]
[1:] hove, the Ressafah came
[2:] down at 10 & anchored up
[3:] above & sounded~

[4:] At 10,,50 the Ressafah came down
[5:] & passed in the channel & went
[6:] on~

[7:] At 12 we got off & proceeded
[8:] At 0,,30 P.M. grounded at
[9:] the Zumbaranyeh Island
[10:] took an Anchor Astern &
[11:] hove back; at 1,,40 left

[12:] At 2,15 P.m. passed
[13:] Ctesiphon;

[14:] We have Altogether 117
[15:] passengers Deck none in
[16:] the Cabins except my wife
[17:] Eliza; also 5 deck free
[18:] (3 Mossullies & 2 Mahomedans)

[19:] At 6,,25 Grounded at
[20:] Thabtyeh (Dawer reach)
[21:] took an anchor out & hove
[22:] her stern into the water and
[23:] floated, We remained for
[24:] the night close to the East
[25:] bank of Dawer; Light
[26:] N.W. breeze & Cool Weather

23 Frid Th@ 5. 63

1898 Septr

[A48_123_01:032]

[27:] Light N.W. breeze and
[28:] fine Very Cool Weather
[pg: 122]

[1:] At 5,,25 Am. left Dawar
[2:] and proceeded, At 7,,10
[3:] passed Baghdadieh Fort;

[4:] At 8,,10 anchored at
[5:] Rmelat & sent to sound; Two
[6:] Boats Aground in the Channel,

[7:] At 9,,10 proceeded and
[8:] touched a little & then Went
[9:] on;

[10:] At 10,,30 passed Azizieh
[11:] At 10,,50 grounded at
[12:] Brenij below Azizieh~
[13:] Took an anchor out & hove
[14:] off; At 1,,15 P.M. managed
[15:] to heave back & proceeded
[16:] Modte N.W. Wind blowing,

[17:] At 5,,20 touched the shoal
[18:] at Sheresh & worked in
[19:] getting off & steamed on
[20:] again & touched, kept Working
[21:] with the Engine, and got
[22:] over & proceeded at 6,,15

[23:] At 6,,35 met the Khalifah
[24:] coming up, we stopped
[pg: 123]
[1:] & sent Mr. Follett our
[2:] Chief Engineer to examine
[3:] the Boiler of the Khalifah
[4:] according to the telegram
[5:] from Lynch in London;
[6:] I received a letter from
[7:] Henry, he says they left
[8:] Basreh on Tuesday evening
[9:] & has left my papers and
[10:] letters at Coot~ at 6,,50
[11:] We went on~

[12:] At 7,,35 passed Nemlah,
[13:] Modte N.W. & fine Cool
[14:] night;

[15:] At 8,,5 we rounded &
[16:] anchored below Bughela,
[17:] Very Cool Weather;

24 Satur Th@ 5. 62 Noon 94

1898 Septr

[18:] Light N.W. & fine quite Cold
[19:] Weather, I felt it so cold in
[20:] my cabin that I covered myself
[21:] with the thick Lahaf,

[22:] At 5,,30 Am. proceeded
[23:] At 6 anchored at Mehd;
[24:] and sounded~ At 6,,30
[pg: 124]
[1:] proceeded on to the Shoal
[2:] we touched a little & went
[3:] on;

[4:] At 8,,20 stopped at the
[5:] Shoal of Umel Ajaj, until
[6:] 9 am when we proceeded
[7:] through an other channel;

[8:] At 11,,20 arrived at Coot.
[9:] landed 20 passengers and
[10:] 81 packages; I received
[11:] Henry's letter & my papers
[12:] the Khalifah had only 88,000
[13:] Okes Cargo & about 120
[14:] passengers,~

[15:] At 0,,55 P.M. We left Coot
[16:] took 11 1/2 passengers;
[17:] Very calm & warm weather

[18:] Detained 1/2 hour Sounding
[19:] at the Cutting (Hwey reach)

[20:] At 6,,45 We rounded &
[21:] came to for the night, below
[22:] Aboo Dood; Very Calm
[23:] Weather~ Lots of Sandflies
[24:] at night in my cabin, and
[25:] a light S. Erly breeze~
[pg: 125]

25 Sund Th@ 5. 63

1898 Septer

[A48_125_18:033]

[1:] Very Calm Weather & Cool,

[2:] At 5,,30 Am proceeded,
[3:] At 6 grounded at Seyd Abbass,
[4:] sent to sound & marked
[5:] the Channel; hove off and
[6:] steamed on to it at 7 ;and
[7:] went on~ Light S. Erly breeze

[8:] At 9,,5 landed some Vegetables
[9:] at Ali Gherbi from Capt Cowley
[10:] for Khdeir his friend and
[11:] went on at 9,,10~ At 9,,15
[12:] anchored to sound, at Ali Gherbi
[13:] Tomb~ At 9,,30 proceeded,

[14:] At 6 P.M. arrived at
[15:] Amara landed 28 passng
[16:] and 82 packages~
[17:] Very Calm Weather;

[18:] The new Actg Motserrif
[19:] of Nasryeh, for Amara
[20:] called Anwary Pasha,
[21:] Will probably be Confirmed
[22:] here as Motserrif;~
[23:] We Took 6 Tons of Coal
[24:] Madm. Dr. Macri came
[25:] to see Eliza my wife
[pg: 126]
[1:] At 8,,15 P.M. we left
[2:] Amara, fine clear night,

[3:] At 9,,40 anchored above
[4:] Aboo Sedra~

26 Mond Th@ 5. 66

[A48_127_07:034]

1898 Septr

[5:] Light S. Erly & fine cool
[6:] Weather~ At 5,,20 Am
[7:] proceeded~ Gave tickets to
[8:] 23 Amara passengers;

[9:] At 8,,15 passed the S.S.
[10:] Mossul & Barge bound up
[11:] at Nafikh~

[12:] Detained 1/4 hour at the Elbow,
[13:] and 1/4 hour at Ghumeyjeh
[14:] where the Channel is good
[15:] and we did not touch;

[16:] At 11,,25 passed Azair,
[17:] At 2,,30 P.M. landed 7
[18:] passengers at Gorna and
[19:] Went on at 2,,40~

[20:] At 7 P.M. We arrived in
[21:] Basreh; The SS. Afghanistan
[22:] & Laristan for Asfar are
[23:] here as well as the S.S.
[24:] Brookside for Gray Mackenzie
[pg: 127]
[1:] & in the Quarantine there
[2:] are the B.I.Str. Kilwa with
[3:] the mails arrived 3 days ago
[4:] also the Mail Str Amra
[5:] just arrived; & the SS Tresco
[6:] for Hotz & Co; Mr. Hamilton
[7:] the Agent for Hotz & Co, who
[8:] had gone to England last
[9:] year & got married, has
[10:] arrived about 15 days ago
[11:] & he has joined Hotz's Firm
[12:] now & became a Partner,
[13:] & the name goes now
[14:] as Hotz Hamilton & Co,

[15:] Roofail, Rezooki & Rezooki
[16:] Angoorly came off and
[17:] took Eliza & myself and
[18:] went to their house we
[19:] dined there; Roofail has
[20:] begun to build the 2d
[21:] story making rooms
[22:] just begun about 4 days
[23:] ago;~ I am astonished
[24:] to find no telegram
[pg: 128]
[1:] from Alexander as I had
[2:] told Johny my nephew
[3:] to send it on should any
[4:] arrive~

[5:] Light air but rather moisty
[6:] it got cool during the
[7:] night, some of them are
[8:] sleeping below, Tookyeh
[9:] is also out here, I slept
[10:] on top of the house;

27 Tuesd

[A48_129_12:035]

1898 Septr

[11:] Light N.W. air & cool
[12:] morning; At 6 1/2 am
[13:] I left them, passed on
[14:] my way to see Jeboory
[15:] Asfar & he told me that
[16:] he had telegraphed to
[17:] Saunier at Marseilles
[18:] for Alexander's passage,
[19:] but the SS. Cogent has
[20:] left Marseilles on the 21st
[21:] so it is impossible for
[22:] Alexander to be able
[23:] to Catch her, as my
[24:] telegram to him was
[pg: 129]
[1:] sent on the 19th~ I
[2:] came on board, we are
[3:] discharging cargo &
[4:] shipping too;~

[5:] The merchants are busy
[6:] with the packing of dates
[7:] none has been shipped
[8:] yet, the three steamers
[9:] here, the Afghanistan,
[10:] Laristan & Brookside
[11:] are awaiting to ship it,
[12:] the Owners of the dates are
[13:] firm in the price they demand
[14:] Very exorbitant; it has
[15:] been fixed at 400 Shamies
[16:] (@ 10 GS Piast per Shamie)
[17:] the Big Kara of 40 Baskets
[18:] for the Hellawy & the rest
[19:] for less this amount;~

[20:] The three English men
[21:] of war Lawrence, Sphinx
[22:] & Lapwing are in the river
[23:] plying between Faô
[pg: 130]
[1:] and here to supress Piracy
[2:] & robbery of Bugalows;

[3:] Very Calm & warm weather,
[4:] Rezooki Sayegh called on
[5:] me & R. Angoorly;~ We
[6:] finished loading at 4 P.M.
[7:] We have Very few passengers
[8:] and none in the Cabins;

Basreh to Baghdad (//) S.S. Mejidieh Voy 374 [28 SEP 1898 --- V048_06_N] (//)

28 Wednes Th@5. 70

1898 Sept

Passeng Okes G.S. Piast Draft
151 1/2 88,227 17842 3/4 3,,5

[11:] At 6 P.M. We left Basreh
[12:] Very Calm & warm weather;
[13:] ship is loaded down to 3 feet 9

[14:] At 0,,10 Am. passed Gorna
[15:] Light S. Erly & fine weather,

[16:] At 4,,30 anchored at
[17:] Azair Tomb; one Jewess
[18:] passenger came~

[19:] At 5,,30 proceeded;
[20:] at 6,,45 came to the Shoal of
[21:] Ghumeijeh, could not
[pg: 131]
[1:] pass, with 3 feet 9 Inches
[2:] draft, took out an anchor
[3:] ahead to heave over;

[4:] A thick fine fog is
[5:] stretching on the horyzon
[6:] from East to North being
[7:] cleared off by the breeze
[8:] of S. Easter~ They worked
[9:] on taking anchors out and
[10:] heaving ahead over the shoal
[11:] until 1 P.M. When we
[12:] got over & steamed for
[13:] about 50 Yards & came
[14:] to another shoal, where
[15:] we found the Ressafah &
[16:] Barge bound down having
[17:] left the same day as we
[18:] did, she is repairing her
[19:] Rudder [strikeout] I think With her stern
[20:] on the bank, the river being
[21:] so very narrow here, We
[22:] took out an anchor ahead
[23:] to heave on, and kept taking
[24:] ropes & pegs driven one
[25:] after the other so as to
[26:] keep aloof of the Ressafah
[pg: 132]
[1:] the current being very strong
[2:] & the Mejidieh is shearing
[3:] from one bank to the other
[4:] being afraid to go close
[5:] to the Ressafah as she
[6:] cannot resist the least
[7:] shock being so old and
[8:] rickety; We at last got
[9:] slowly up along the West
[10:] bank & above the Ressafah
[11:] by 4 P.M. & sent the
[12:] Launch to bring up the
[13:] anchor from the bank,
[14:] The Ressafah also then
[15:] cast off proceeded down,

[16:] At 4,,45 P.M. we went
[17:] on going easy;

[18:] The breeze having Shifted
[19:] to a very light N. Wester,

[20:] We had not gone 100 Yards
[21:] when we got again in a Very
[22:] strong current & the ship
[23:] could not steer streight
[24:] the helm could not act
[pg: 133]
[1:] and the current driving her
[2:] to the East bank; we
[3:] took an anchor aheat at
[4:] 6 P.M. & hove up;
[5:] The weather is Very calm &
[6:] warm, a great change in
[7:] the atmosphere; We knocked
[8:] off work at 6 1/2 & remained
[9:] for the night; Very warm
[10:] in the cabin & plenty Sandflies

29 Thursd Th@5. 76

1898 Sept

[11:] Light S. Erly breeze and a
[12:] thick fog, quite a Wintry
[13:] morning, at 6 am we began
[14:] working, in heaving up stream
[15:] the Current is so strong in
[16:] this narrow river, that it
[17:] checks the steamer's advance
[18:] in spite of steaming and
[19:] heaving, Took an anchor
[20:] out ahead & hove up

[21:] At 8,,10 Am hove the
[22:] steamer up & proceeded
[23:] detaining in the reaches,
[24:] the Current turning her
[25:] towards the bank, the
[26:] fog cleared up above
[pg: 134]
[1:] and remained like a
[2:] cloudy gloomy day;

[3:] At 9 it cleared off & became
[4:] fine~ Going easy & current
[5:] very strong;

[6:] At 0,,50 P.M. landed a
[7:] passenger at Kalat Saleh,
[8:] (he is for Amara)~ The
[9:] fog of this morning turned
[10:] into clouds & the S. Erly
[11:] breeze Keeps it back, it
[12:] is getting very warm;

[13:] Breeze very light or rather
[14:] calm from the N.W. and
[15:] the clouds on every quarter
[16:] & very warm & close weather
[17:] at 4 P.M.;

[18:] We have altogether 68 1/2
[19:] passengers from Basreh
[20:] & 1 Jewess from Azair,
[21:] no cabin passengers at
[22:] all; (one Deck free by
[23:] Lynch Broths)

[24:] At 5,,20 P.M. arrived
[25:] at Amara, landed 25
[pg: 135]
[1:] passengers ~ We took no
[2:] coal but shipped 879 Tins
[3:] of Glue & 6 Bags of Dye;
[4:] weather very calm with a
[5:] light south westerly breeze,
[6:] & clouds clearing up ~

[7:] At 7 P.M. we left Amara,
[8:] fool moon & fine weather;

30 Frid therm@5.74

1898

Octor

[A48_137_14:036]

[9:] Light S Ely & hazy atmosphere

[10:] At 5,,5 AM. landed 4
[11:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[12:] and took one & went on
[27:] at 5,,15; weather unsettled
[13:] & disagreable; plenty of
[14:] flies & troubled sky ~

[15:] Gave tickets to 34 Amara
[16:] passengers;

[17:] At 8 grounded at Seyd Abbass
[18:] took an anchor ahead &
[19:] hov over ~ At 9,,30 got
[20:] off & proceeded;

[21:] I paid the Ships’ company
[22:] their wages for this month;

[23:] Very sultry and hazy warm
[pg: 136]
[1:] weather

[2:] At 5,,30 grounded below
[3:] the village of Coot, took
[4:] an anchor ahead & hove
[5:] her into deep water; at
[6:] 6,,15 one of the steering braket
[7:] was carried off as we were
[8:] getting off the shoal, we
[9:] stopped to repair it ~

[10:] At 7,,15 the SS. Khalifah
[11:] arrived at Coot.

[12:] At 7.30 we finished &
[13:] proceeded to Coot where
[14:] we arrived at 7,,40 ~
[15:] landed 4 passengers &
[16:] begun to take 10 Tons of
[17:] Coal; ~ Capt Hanslow
[18:] & the rest of the officers & Engineers
[19:] came on board except
[20:] Henry did not come,
[21:] he sent me a letter in
[22:] which he says that his
[23:] wife Menusha had
[24:] again taken ill with
[pg: 137]
[1:] vomiting bile & she was
[2:] better but weak, he
[3:] says that no telegrams
[4:] had arrived from my
[5:] son Alexander in answer
[6:] to mine of the 19th Instt;
[7:] but the letters which are
[8:] left with Johny, the
[9:] Khalifah has only 64000
[10:] Okes & 204 passengers,
[11:] Henry says that Alice with
[12:] her mother my sister Emilia
[13:] have gone out to encamp at
[14:] Gherrah, outside Michail
[15:] Minas’s garden, as Alice is
[16:] very weak & the Doctor advised
[17:] her to do so ~

[18:] At 9.30 P.M. we left Coot
[19:] fine clear weather & light N.W.

1st Satur therm@5.74

1898

Octor

[A48_138_03:037]

Gutnyeh Property

[20:] Light N.W. & fine, Detained
[21:] at Mehd from 3 ½ till 4
[22:] am ~

[23:] At 5,,50 passed Memlah
[24:] gave tickets to 11 ½ Coot passengers

[25:] At 7.30 grounded at
[pg: 138]
[1:] Sheresh, took an anchor out
[2:] to the east shore & hov off, sent
[3:] to sound, & marked the Channel
[4:] dropped down & steamed through
[5:] it, went on at 8,,40 ~

[6:] At 2,,55 P.M. passed
[7:] Azizieh, the village is falling
[8:] down, the houses are getting
[9:] eaten away by the river

[10:] Detained at Rmelat in shoal
[11:] water from 4,,45 till 5 P.M.

[12:] The reach of Gutnyeh
[13:] which was bought from
[14:] the Turkish Governt. by Mohamed
[15:] Pasha Daghestany (General
[16:] of Cavallery here) and the
[17:] lawyer Abduljebbar, is now
[18:] florishing, they have let
[19:] the Tamarisk jungle grown
[20:] thick, they have built a
[21:] house on the bank at the
[22:] lower end of the reach as
[23:] a Granery store house, and
[24:] have lately taken out about
[25:] 10 Tilkefli families destitute
[26:] people who had all come
from Telkef this year on [pg: 139]
[1:] account of the scarcity there
[2:] of water & failure of cultivation

[3:] At 6.30 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[4:] Fort, moon just getting
[5:] up, very calm weather,
[6:] but cool & light N.W. ~

2d Sund Therm@5.68

1898

Octor

[A48_139_21:038]

[A48_140_21:039]

[A48_141_09:040]

1898

Octor

[7:] Very light N.W. breeze &
[8:] fine ~ At 3,,10 AM. passed
[9:] Ctesiphon;

[10:] At 4,,10 touched the Shoal
[11:] at Gusseiba, worked her back, with the Engine, she stuck again,
[12:] while taking an anchor out
[13:] ahead, she got off ~ At
[14:] 5,,40 proceeded ~

[15:] At 7 passed Diala, detained
[16:] 10 minutes in shoal water
[17:] just in rounding the Diala
[18:] river ~

[19:] At 8,,15 I landed at the

[20:] Tents just above the Bridge
[21:] where I met Polus Serkis &
[22:] his wife & Mily his brother
[23:] Naoom’s wife & her son Yacoob
[24:] also Antone Marine
[pg: 140]
[1:] his wife & children these latter
[2:] are in the Garden of Gherrarah
[3:] in the home of Nawab Ahmed
[4:] Agha with Jeboory Asfar’s
[5:] wife, Antone tells me
[6:] that no telegram has yet
[7:] arrived from Alexander;

[8:] I walked up to the Tents of
[9:] Alice & Sister Emilia above
[10:] the Garden of Gherrara about
[11:] 600 yards they are by themselves
[12:] only there with their servants
[13:] and 2 watchmen Arabs;

[14:] I sat about ½ hour &
[15:] left them & walked in to
[16:] town at halfway I met
[17:] some Sakka donkeys
[18:] returning I rode one for 5
[19:] piaster to inside the Gate,
[20:] arrived home at 9 ¾ ~
[21:] I found our servant Meekha
[22:] & his wife Khokhy only
[23:] here she is in bed having
[24:] delivered a child 8 days ago
[25:] in my house ~ The Mejidieh
[26:] arrived at 10 ½ ~
[pg: 141]

[1:] I found two letters here
[2:] from Alexander one of
[3:] last week (arrived on 22 Sept
[4:] and the other of this week)
[5:] (arrived on the 29) but both
[6:] letters were brought from
[7:] the Post Office, Cut open,
[8:] with a Knife from the edges.
[9:] My servant says he received
[10:] the latter one opened, and
[11:] the former one of last week
[12:] also was given to Johny
[13:] open; every one tells me
[14:] that the Suspicion must
[15:] fall on Antone Julietti who
[16:] must be the author, having
[17:] been Alexander’s friend
[18:] and wishes to know all about
[19:] his doings, & as his father
[20:] is the Inspector of Post and
[21:] Telegraph here, the Turkish
[22:] employèes are, as is natural
[23:] with to favor anything
[24:] he wishes to do for the sake
[25:] of his father; I sent to
[26:] enquire from Antoin
[pg: 142]
[1:] Julietti he came at once to
[2:] me expressing his utter
[3:] ignorance of the affair,
[4:] I told him that I shall
[5:] have to complain of this
[6:] matter to my Consul against
[7:] whoever has done it ~

[8:] I called to see Menusha,
[9:] I found her well only little
[10:] weak from vomiting which
[11:] she had few days ago;

[12:] I sent a telegram to Henry
[13:] this afternoon to Basreh

[14:] Svoboda Basreh
[15:] Wife perfectly well little
[16:] weak. Svoboda,

[17:] I called on the family of
[18:] Pahlawan opposite us;
[19:] breakfasted at home; I
[20:] called on Sister Eliza at 2
[21:] P.M. & then on Sister Medula
[22:] I came home ~

[23:] Light N.W. & fine, I
[24:] dined & slept down below
[25:] in the Verandah
[pg: 143]

3 Mond

[1:] Light air & fine ~ at
[2:] 7 ½ am came on board
[3:] the SS. Mossul is inside
[4:] discharging cargo;

[5:] I went to the office for some
[6:] gold pounds & came home
[7:] at 11 ~ I had a cold water
[8:] bath; ~ at 4 P.M. called
[9:] on Sister Medula & then came
[10:] home; Johny & Artin called
[11:] in the evening, ~

[12:] Light air & warm in the
[13:] first part of the night;

4 Tuesd Therm@74

1898

Octor

[A48_144_03:041]

[14:] Light S. Ely breeze & little
[15:] dampy; at 4 ½ am
[16:] I came on board the Mejidieh
[17:] she went inside to discharge
[18:] & the Mossul hauled
[19:] out & at 10 I went onshore
[20:] called on Menusha & then,
[21:] with Catterina Yaghchi we
[22:] called on Hannosh son of
[23:] Naoom Andrea who got
[24:] married lately about
[pg: 144]
[1:] a month ago with Eliza
[2:] daughter of Fathalla
[3:] Abood & widow of the
[4:] late Johny Toma Loca
[5:] she is much older than
[6:] Hamosh about 10 years,

[7:] I came home & breakfasted
[8:] Sister Medula called on
[9:] me for ½ hour;

[10:] At 3 P.M. I came on board
[11:] we are shipping a good
[12:] deal of Local cargo, as the
[13:] Khalifah had refused taking
[14:] any ~ We took up to No.
[15:] 35 the local cargo the freight
[16:] has been risen from 9
[17:] Paras to 10 for the present
[18:] state of the river ~

[19:] Weather keeps bad with
[20:] a warm & light S.Ely breeze
[21:] & some clouds on the
[22:] N.West;

[23:] At 5 P.M. I went home &
[24:] then went over to Sister Eliza
[25:] where I dined on the
[pg: 145]
[1:] top of the house, they are
[2:] sleeping up still & so all
[3:] the people too ~ at 9
[4:] I came home ~

5 Wedn Therm@5.78

1898

Octor

1898

Octor

[5:] Light S. Ely breeze &
[6:] warm dampy weather,

[7:] At 7 am called on Menusha
[8:] & came on board; ~
[9:] The SS Mossul & Barge left
[10:] this morning for Basreh;

[11:] We are shipping wool &
[12:] other cargo ~

[13:] At 10 ½ I went home to
[14:] breakfast,

[15:] At 11 I received this telegram
[16:] from Alexander from
[17:] Paris dated the 4th (yesterday)

[18:] Svoboda Baghdad
[19:] Incapable voyagèr, Souffrant
[20:] Cotè Hopital necessaire
[21:] pryè mère venir Paris
[22:] pourquoi impetiseux,
[23:] repondèz 124 Rennes,

[24:] This is the answer of mine
[25:] of the 19 Ulto; I suppose
[pg: 146]

[1:] I got so sorry & disgusted
[2:] of these telegrams and
[3:] always he is trying to
[4:] stop his departure and
[5:] make some excuses, I
[6:] could not eat my breakfast
[7:] at all; ~ I left & went to
[8:] Sister Medula to confer with
[9:] her but I saw there Father
[10:] Emmanuel the Carmelite
[11:] & we came to the conclusion
[12:] that as Père Pièrre must
[13:] be now gone to Paris about
[14:] today or tomorrow before
[15:] starting for Baghdad,
[16:] it would be a good chance
[17:] to wire to him to go & see
[18:] Alexander & try to bring
[19:] him with him; so I went
[20:] with him to the Church
[21:] & made out this telegram

[22:] Père Pièrre
[23:] Missionaire Couvent Carmes
[24:] Pompe Passy
[25:] Paris
[pg: 147]
[1:] Prière Voir Alexandre
[2:] 124 Rue Rennes rassurez
[3:] Sur Santé, persuadèz
[4:] Voyager ensemble
[5:] absolument, disposè
[6:] oublièr, repondèz
[7:] Svoboda

[8:] I also made out one
[9:] for Alexander, thus

[10:] Svoboda
[11:] 124 Rue Rennes
[12:] Paris
[13:] Accompagnèz Pêre Pièrre
[14:] actuellement Paris lui
[15:] telegraphiam sujet,
[16:] Mère Basreh ~
[17:] Svoboda

[18:] I sent them at 1 P.M. at once
[19:] and paid 23 ½ frcs;

[20:] We finished at 3 P.M.
[21:] I went on shore to my
[22:] house; Johny came to me
[23:] I was going to make an
[24:] other telegram to Alexander
[pg: 148]
[1:] but I thought it will be
[2:] of no use, & better wait
[3:] until I get Père Pièrre’s answer
[4:] & see what my wife will
[5:] say at Basreh; ~

[6:] S. Ely wind all the night
[7:] it shifted at midnight to
[8:] N.W. ~

6 Thurs.

[A48_149_11:042]

1898 Octer

[9:] Again the wind is S. Easter

[10:] At 5 am. I came on
[11:] board, I could not sleep
[12:] well, always thinking about
[13:] Alexander’s doings ~
[14:] The SS Phrat arrived yesterday at 10 ½ am

Baghdad to Basreh [6 OCT 1898 --- V048_07_S] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
181 1/2 82,574 19,004 1/2 3,,6

[16:] At 5,,55 AM we got under
[17:] way & proceeded; Light
[18:] S Ely breeze; ship drawing
[19:] 3 feet 6 Inches;

[20:] Lots of Tents are encamped
[21:] at Gherrarah on both Sides
[22:] of the river ~

[23:] At 8.15 passed Gherrarah,
[pg: 149]
[1:] gave tickets to the Passengers
[2:] we have altogether 141 (6
[3:] in 1st class they are 2 women
[4:] family of Cassim Khdery at
[5:] Basreh, 3 Persian women
[6:] of Kadumein and Jemil
[7:] the son of Elias Serkis all
[8:] for Basreh, there are the wife
[9:] & children & servant of Hannosh
[10:] Hanna the Clerk of Lynch
[11:] Brothers free in 2d Class)
[12:] also 3 Tilkefli women free ~

[13:] At 9,,15 anchored at the Island
[14:] of Zumbaranyeh & sounded

[15:] At 9,,50 went on after
[16:] marking the Channel ~

[17:] At 10,,30 passed
[18:] Ctesiphon; ~

[19:] Weather became very hazy
[20:] and dusty with warm S.Ely
[21:] light wind ;

[22:] At 4,45 P.M. passed
[23:] Baghdadieh Fort ~

[24:] At 5,,50 anchored at
[25:] Rmelat & sent to sound,
[26:] clouds on the west & north
[27:] parts ~

[28:] At 6,,10 we weighed and
[pg: 150]
[1:] proceeded without touching;
[2:] Light S. Ely breeze;

[3:] At 7.5 round and
[4:] came to at Raddat for the
[5:] night;

7 Sund

[6:] Light air from S. Et & fine
[7:] at 5,,30 Am. proceeded from
[8:] Raddat, at 6,,15 passed
[9:] Azizieh ~ At 6,45 passed
[10:] the SS. Ressafah & Barge
[11:] bound up ~

[12:] At 9 A.M. passed the S.S.
[13:] Khalifah going up at Um-
[14:] Sneyem;

[15:] At 12 passed Memlah;
[16:] At 2,,10 P.M. anchored to Sound
[17:] at Um el Ajaj~ At 2,,45
[18:] proceeded, ~

[19:] At 5,,30 P.M. arrived at
[20:] Coot, landed 20 passengers
[21:] & 14 packages; the S.S.
[22:] Mossul & Barge are here
[23:] having left Baghdad
[24:] a day before us ~
[pg: 151]
[1:] Very light air & clouds
[2:] on the horyzon ~ We
[3:] remained at Coot for the night;

8 Satur

1898 Octer

[4:] Light S. Ely breeze with
[5:] some clouds on the horyzon,

[6:] At 5,,30 Am. we left
[7:] Coot the Mossul also following
[8:] behind us ~ Detained
[9:] from 6,, bite 6,,40 below
[10:] Coot at Mahomed abool -
[11:] Hassan in shoal water
[12:] the Mossul came and passed
[13:] down ~ Took 14 passengs
[14:] from Coot,

[15:] At 8,,20 passed the S.S.
[16:] Mossul ~

[17:] At 9,,15 P.M. Grounded at
[18:] Seyd Abbass, hove off, & sounded
[19:] at 2,,15 proceeded, the
[20:] Mossul grounded above
[21:] us;

[22:] At 4,,5 landed one passenger
[23:] at Ali Gherbi & went on at
[24:] 4,,10 P.M. ~

[25:] Light S. Ely breeze & fine
[pg: 152]

1898 Octr

9 Sund

[1:] At 1,, Am arrived at
[2:] Amara, landed 104 packges
[3:] and 25 1/2 passengers.
[4:] Took 6 Tons of Coal and
[5:] finished at 3 1/2 am.

[6:] At 5,,5 left Amara ~
[7:] Light S. Ely & damp misty
[8:] weather Took 23 1/2 passengers
[9:] from Amara, and 11 Zaptyes
[10:] as usual as an escort;
[11:] weather nasty warm with
[12:] Clouds on the East & South

[13:] At 8,,45 passed Kalat
[14:] Saleh ~

[15:] At 9 detained 1/2 hour at
[16:] Aboo Ruba & at the Elbow,

[17:] At 11.30 Grounded at
[18:] Ghumeyjeh (Plenty water
[19:] here of 3 & 3 1/2 draaz) took
[20:] anchors out astern and
[21:] hove & humbuged about
[22:] with anchor on shore & rope
[23:] to keep her close to the bank
[24:] & so on till 2 P.M., we
[25:] again anchored to wait
[pg: 153]
[1:] for the men coming from
[2:] the bank & weighed at
[3:] 2,,10 & went on ~

[4:] Clouds are hanging on
[5:] & the sun very hot, with
[6:] light N. Ely breeze;

[7:] At 2,50 P.M. passed
[8:] Azair ~

[9:] At 5,,55 landed 9 1/2
[10:] passengers at Gorna and
[11:] went on at 6; very light
[12:] N. Ely breeze, but very calm
[13:] and warm disagreeable
[14:] weather;

[15:] At 10,,45 P.M arrived
[16:] at Basreh, awfully warm
[17:] in my cabin ~

10 Mond

[18:] Very Calm or S. Ely warm
[19:] weather with clouds very
[20:] disagreable weather,
[21:] I could not sleep last
[22:] night from the heat &
[23:] my thought about my
[pg: 154]
[1:] son and what I am going to
[2:] tell my wife Eliza ~

[3:] At 4 am I was up, I
[4:] washed & dressed and took
[5:] a Belem & went up to
[6:] Rufails house, I saw
[7:] Eliza also Rufail & Rezooki
[8:] I related to her & red the
[9:] letters & telegram of Alexander
[10:] to her, she was in an
[11:] awful exciting way and
[12:] would go by Steamer to
[13:] Marseilles; Rufail had
[14:] got a telegram from
[15:] R. Korkis about dates
[16:] business & he answers him
[17:] to say that Alexander
[18:] had left for Marseilles
[19:] o the 27 Septr. but that
[20:] is not true, for his telegram
[21:] to me in Baghdad was
[22:] dated the 4 Instt from
[23:] Paris ~ I find no
[pg: 155]
[1:] telegram for me here in
[2:] answer to mine of the 5th
[3:] to Père Pièrre & Alexander,
[4:] so as to ascertain about the
[5:] nature of Alexander's illness
[6:] if true we proposed to
[7:] send the following telegram
[8:] to Ibrahim Gejou with
[9:] reply paid;

[10:] "Gejou
[11:] " 3 Place Cambronne
[12:] " Paris
[13:] " Alexander pretend
[14:] "Malade informèz nature
[15:] "Maladie, insistèr départ
[16:] "Marseilles Arabistan,
[17:] "dix payè Svoboda
[18:] 28 Words
[19:] 10 for Reply

[20:] I then took the telegram
[21:] & went to G. Asfar & had
[22:] a talk with him & explained
[23:] & showed him the telegrams
[24:] he told that Père Pièrre
[pg: 156]
[1:] having engaged passage
[2:] from Strick to Basreh
[3:] by the Arabistan leaving
[4:] Marseilles on the 30 and
[5:] coming out here by all
[6:] means, & will be a very
[7:] good occasion for Alexander
[8:] I gave him my telegram
[9:] to be sent in to Basreh
[10:] & he will pay for it, and
[11:] I will settle all I owe to
[12:] him afterward & I left &
[13:] came to Eliza, we are
[14:] leaving today they say
[15:] but the mail has not
[16:] arrived; I breakfasted
[17:] with them & came on
[18:] board with; Yousif Marine
[19:] at 11 am;

[20:] There are here the SS. Tresco
[21:] the Koordistan, Lahristan
[22:] Brookside & the Lawrence
[23:] of the Bushire Residency,
[pg: 157]
[1:] The Redbreast man of
[2:] war & the B. I. S. Khandalla
[3:] are in quarantine, also
[4:] the SS. Heronspool for
[5:] Asfar ~

[6:] We are discharging and
[7:] Shipping cargo & coal;

[8:] Eliza came on board at 3
[9:] P.M. also Yousif her brother;
[10:] she brought me my clean
[11:] lȋnen clothes & remained
[12:] till 5 P.M; herself & me
[13:] were very sorry for Alexander
[14:] & not having received any
[15:] telegrams she is determined
[16:] to go to Marseilles & Paris
[17:] by one of the steamers now
[18:] here, but I told her to await
[19:] until we receive some
[20:] news of Alexander; I
[21:] made out an other telegram
[22:] for Pere Pièrre to be sent
[23:] urging him to do all his
[pg: 158]
[1:] possible to bring Alexander
[2:] with him; we finished
[3:] loading at 5 P.M. no
[4:] news of the mail from
[5:] Bushire ~ It is awfully
[6:] warm, calm & dampy
[7:] a very extraordinary weather
[8:] for this time of the month,
[9:] Eliza went away with
[10:] Rezooki: her son at 5 1/2 P.M.
[11:] we received the Basreh mail,

Basreh to Baghdad [11 OCT 1898 --- V048_08_N] (//)

11 Tuesd. Therm @ 74

Passg Okes G.S. Piast Draft
178 95168 13367 1/4 3,,8

[13:] At 6,,15 P.M. we left
[14:] Basreh, very calm & warm,
[15:] clouds have cleared off &
[16:] a light N. Ely breeze which
[17:] cooled a little the atmosphere,
[18:] Ship is drawing 3,,9 Inches

[19:] At 12 passed the Mossul
[20:] going down ~
[pg: 159]

[1:] At 0,,30 AM. passed Gorna,
[2:] Very light air ~

[3:] At 4,,15 passed Azair
[4:] & at 4,,25 anchored above
[5:] it ~ At 5,,15 proceeded

[6:] Light N.W. air & fine ~
[7:] At 6,,40 came to the shoal
[8:] at Ghumeyjeh; a boat
[9:] aground in the Channel, we
[10:] took out an anchor ahead
[11:] & so took several one after
[12:] the other & hove up some
[13:] distance;

[14:] At 10,,50 we steamed on;
[15:] stopping & backing ; ~ Further
[16:] up the reach we came to
[17:] the strong current & shoal
[18:] & touched they took anchor
[19:] out ahead & hove ~

[20:] Light Ely breeze with
[21:] some clouds; we kept
[22:] heaving & steaming against
[23:] the strong narrow current

[24:] At 2,,55 P.M. hove ahead
[25:] and went on easy all
[26:] the while ~
[pg: 160]

[1:] We have altogether 110
[2:] passengers (2 free by L.Broth_
[3:] (one in 1st Class only to
[4:] Amara Yousif Azawi Azeiyez )

[5:] A very light breeze from n.w.
[6:] & clouds disappeared ~

[7:] At 7,,35 P.M. landed 2
[8:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[9:] and went on at 7,,40 ~

12 Wednes Ther @ 5,65

[10:] At 0,,45 am arrived at
[11:] Amara landed 18 passengers
[12:] Took in 8 Tons of coal;

[13:] At 2,,45 left Amara
[14:] weather getting cloudy
[15:] & in the morning it became
[16:] very cloudy covering all
[17:] over with a light S. Ely
[18:] breeze; Took 41 passengers
[19:] from Amara,

[20:] At 8 passed Ali Sherghi
[21:] At 9,,55 P.M. sent the boat
[22:] at Ali Sherli & got 2 passenge
[23:] & went on at 1 P.M.

[24:] From 4 till 4,,30 we were
[25:] detained at Seyd Abbass
[pg: 161]
[1:] in trying to pass the shoal
[2:] between two Boats aground
[3:] in the channel;

[4:] Weather keeps cloudy
[5:] all over with S. Ely wind
[6:] & very warm & disagreable,

[7:] At 6,30 passed Sheik Saad
[8:] weather cleared up & became
[9:] fine ~

13 Thurs Ther @ 5.73

[A48_161_21:043]

[10:] At 1,,15 AM. arrived at
[11:] Coot, landed 9 passengers
[12:] Took in 5 Tons of coal, and
[13:] remained for the night;

[14:] At 5,15 left Coot, Modte
[15:] N. W. wind, very hazy and
[16:] dusty but is clearing off
[17:] Took 25 Passengers from
[18:] Coot, (1 in 1st Class a Bimbashy
[19:] Ahmed Beker Effendi)

[20:] At 8,,45 we touched &
[21:] grounded at Nefeshyeh above
[22:] Algaya reach, where the
[23:] SS Phrat & Barge bound
[24:] down, is also trying to get
[25:] through; at 9.5 she came
[26:] down & went on ;
[pg: 162]
[1:] we took out the anchor &
[2:] hove over,

[3:] At 9,,30 we went on; ~
[4:] Strong n.w. wind blowing

[5:] At 1,,30 P.M. passed
[6:] Memlah ~

[7:] Detained at Deboony in
[8:] Shoal water & aground not
[9:] being able to pass through
[10:] the channel on East bank
[11:] & hov back, & went through
[12:] the opposite Channel
[13:] on west bank from 4 P.M
[14:] till 5,,5 when we steamed
[15:] over & went on, there being
[16:] 2 3/4 draaz~

[17:] Light n.w. breeze & fine
[18:] weather;

[19:] At 7,,15 we touched the
[20:] shoal at the bottom of
[21:] Shedeif; we grounded, sent
[22:] to sound & we hove fore &
[23:] aft & walked in heaving
[24:] four times took out anchors
[25:] At 10,,45 got off & proceeded
[26:] fine cool night ~
[pg: 163]

14 Frid Therm @ 6.0

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[1:] Light n.w. breeze & cool
[2:] weather ~

[3:] At 2,25 Am passed Azizeh,
[4:] At 4, ground below Rmelat,
[5:] sounded & took & anchor
[6:] out & hove off, at 5 proceeded

[7:] At 6,,45 passed Baghdadieh
[8:] Very cool morning, the
[9:] water is very cold;

[10:] A curious thing worth
[11:] mentioning ~ Today being
[12:] the day I arrived in Baghdad
[13:] last year coming back
[14:] from Europe Via Aleppo,
[15:] on the 12 I had reached the
[16:] village of Ramadi; & there
[17:] met the Kaimakam Haji
[18:] Taleb Effendi (my old friend
[19:] & formerly was at Azizieh)
[20:] he was very kind to me &
[21:] offered me his hospitality
[22:] that day; and this morning
[23:] in passing Swereh village
[24:] at 8 1/4 I saw him on the
[25:] bank standing & we
[26:] saluted each other, I had
[27:] not seen him since that
[28:] time he has been shifted
[pg: 164]
[1:] to this place about 3
[2:] months ago ~

[3:] At 1,,40 P.M. passed
[4:] the SS. Khalifah going down
[5:] below Temrah reach ~

[6:] At 3,5 P.M. passed the
[7:] SS. Ressafah & Barge going
[8:] down at Joorf el Batta;

[9:] At 3,,30 passed Ctesiphon,
[10:] At 4,,30 passed the Shoal
[11:] at Gusseiba without touching

[12:] Detained at Jaffer 15 minutes
[13:] in going through the Channel,
[14:] Very light n.w. breeze &
[15:] fine cool weather ;

[16:] At 6,,15 passed Diala
[17:] river;

[18:] At 7 1/2 we passed the
[19:] Bridge cut open & I could
[20:] see the blazing lights of
[21:] the Christian incampment
[22:] the Tents of Korkis & his
[23:] other relations on the
[24:] opposite side 18 Tents
[pg: 165]
[1:] & those above the bridge
[2:] on this about 25 Tents
[3:] & further up on the bank of
[4:] Gherrarah Garden Dr. Sakhur
[5:] with his 6 Tents, & Still
[6:] further up my Sister
[7:] Emilia & her daughter Alice
[8:] with 3 Tents;~

[9:] At 10,,5 landed the
[10:] Mails at the Residency
[11:] & went up to the Custom
[12:] house; no steamers are
[13:] here~ I landed & went home
[14:] my servant Meekha says that
[15:] Alexander's letters are with
[16:] the Postman H. Mahomed who
[17:] refused to give them to any
[18:] one except me, because I
[19:] had received the letters open
[20:] last time, & even no telegram
[21:] from Alexander, they say
[22:] that the wire has been broken
[23:] for the last 4 days;~
[24:] I slept in the room & it was
[25:] not warm at all;~
[pg: 166]

1898 Octor

Satur 15 Therm @ 6.62

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[2:] weather; I sent the Servant
[3:] early to look out for the
[4:] Postman but could not
[5:] be found, at 8 am. I
[6:] Came on board; sent money
[7:] to the Office & went home
[8:] at 10, called on Sister Medula
[9:] on my way; at 11 I
[10:] Got the letter of Alexander
[11:] the Postman brought it
[12:] only one of last week,
[13:] the letter of this week has
[14:] not arrived on Thursday &
[15:] is expected today; this
[16:] one is dated the 16 Septr.
[17:] he Complains very bitterly
[18:] of his indisposition being
[19:] very ill with fever and
[20:] diarrhea & also the pain
[21:] on his side (which he
[22:] mentioned in his telegram
[23:] of the 4t Octer as Coté &
[24:] we could not make out
[pg: 167]
[1:] the meaning) he also
[2:] complains of not having
[3:] any money, & living very
[4:] miserably; R. Korkis would
[5:] not advance him any
[6:] money & so he is starving
[7:] & unable to voyage because
[8:] he is unwell & so on,

[9:] I made out 2 Telegrams
[10:] one for Père Pièrre & one for
[11:] Alexander but the wire
[12:] is not working for the last 4
[13:] days;
[14:] I took a cold bath at home
[15:] Johny & Artin called on
[16:] me;

[17:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[18:] weather; I slept in my room
[19:] & was not warm;

16 Sund Therm @ 5.62

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[20:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[21:] weather;

[22:] I called on Catterina
[23:] Yaghchi at 7 1/2 am to
[pg: 168]
[1:] see her brother Père Louis
[2:] (Johny) who arrived from
[3:] Mossul Yesterday on leave
[4:] ii is 12 years since he had
[5:] left Baghdad to become a
[6:] Priest in Corsica like
[7:] his brother Père Augustin,
[8:] he is now 34 years old
[9:] very stout & healthy, he
[10:] has been 6 years in Mossul
[11:] & other place up above

[12:] I went to church, today
[13:] is a Holyday of St Theresa
[14:] called [strikeout] on Menusha
[15:] & Sister Medula;~ at
[16:] 2 P.M. called on Sister Eliza

[17:] My two telegrams were
[18:] sent back to me this
[19:] evening by the employé
[20:] Rafooli saying that the
[21:] line is still interrupted
[22:] beyond Constple~
[pg: 169]

[1:] I went to dine at Sister
[2:] Eliza & came home at
[3:] 9 P.M.;

17 Mond

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[4:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[5:] weather~ at 8 am
[6:] I came on board; We
[7:] are discharging; went home
[8:] at 9 1/2 & at 10 I went to see
[9:] Dr. Rosen the German Consul
[10:] who had called on me on
[11:] Saturday evening to bid
[12:] me Goodbye as he leaves for
[13:] Persia (Teheran) this week
[14:] to be employed there at the
[15:] Embassy I believe as Mr.
[16:] Richarz is returning back
[17:] here & he must he now
[18:] somewhere at Aleppo; but
[19:] Dr. Rosen was too busy
[20:] & packing his Kit, he could
[21:] not see me, I left my card,
[22:] And I got a donkey and
[23:] rode out to Gherrara to
[24:] see my sister Emilia & Alice
[pg: 170]
[1:] encamped there, I had
[2:] to dismount before reaching
[3:] the tents as the donkey was
[4:] very bad & gave it to the
[5:] Sakka Ismail & told him
[6:] to sent me an other one
[7:] at 2 P.M. I breakfasted
[8:] with them & having waited
[9:] till 3 P.M. without seeing
[10:] the donkey coming, so I
[11:] walked in, & met the
[12:] donkey just inside the
[13:] gardens so I did not
[14:] required it any more;
[15:] I reached home at 4~
[16:] I went to the Raffooli of
[17:] the Telegraph employé &
[18:] he said that the line is
[19:] broken still; but I gave
[20:] him the two telegrams &
[21:] asked him to send [strikeout] them
[22:] tomorrow or the day after
[23:] as soon as the line is open
[24:] because I want Alexander
[25:] & Père Pièrre to get them
[26:] in time as the Arabistan
[pg: 171]
[1:] leaves Marseilles on the
[2:] 30 Instt;~ I came home

18 Tuesd Therm @ 6.6

[3:] Light N.W. & fine~ At

[4:] Light N.W. & fine~ at
[5:] 8 am I came on board;

[6:] At 11 I went home to breakfast
[7:] I sent the money for the Two
[8:] Telegrams to be sent for Père
[9:] Pièrre & Alexander Frcs 35 1/4
[10:] to Raffooli who said that
[11:] he will go today to see if
[12:] the line is established, I
[13:] came on board, at 1 P.M.
[14:] We are shipping cargo;

[15:] At 4 1/2 went on shore called
[16:] on Catterina Yaghchi to see
[17:] her brother Père Louis but
[18:] he was not there; I also
[19:] called on Yacoob Oossey
[20:] & came home at 5 1/2;
[21:] Johny called on me till
[22:] 7 1/2~ Light N.W. & fine
[23:] weather;

19 Wedns Therm @ 6.64

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[24:] Light N.W. breeze &
[25:] fine weather; at 8 am
[pg: 172]
[1:] I came on board~

[2:] Today being my birth-
[3:] day, born in 1840;~

[4:] Raffooli the employé of the
[5:] Telegraph came to me yesterday
[6:] and said that he has wired
[7:] my two telegrams &
[8:] think they will be forwarded
[9:] on today or tomorrow,
[10:] he brought me the two receipts
[11:] & I had paid him the charges
[12:] all to Frcs 35,,25; These
[13:] are the telegrams;

[14:] "Pere Pièrre
[15:] "Missionaire Couvent Carmes
[16:] "Pompe Passy
[17:] "Paris
[18:] "Comptons sur votre influence
[19:] "obligèz Alexandre, 124
[20:] "Rue Rennes [strikeout]
[21:] "Vous accompagner Sans
[22:] "aucune excuse, veuillièz
[23:] "remboursèr dépense"
[pg: 173]
[1:] "jusque Marseille, Asfar
[2:] "informé Saumièr passage
[3:] "payé Bassora, Archèvéque
[4:] "télégraphia Cardinal
[5:] "Richard particulièr
[6:] 39 mots Svoboda
[7:] 18/10/98 Fics 22,,10

[8:] I also wired to Alexander

[9:] "Svoboda
[10:] "124 Rue Rennes
[11:] "Paris
[12:] "Requested father Pièrre
[13:] "Couvent Carmes Pompe
[14:] "Passy pay your expenses
[15:] "must accompany him
[16:] "Arabistan leaves Marseilles
[17:] "30th;~
[18:] 23 words Svoboda
[19:] 18/10/98 Frcs 13,,15

[20:] The S.S. Comet left this morning
[21:] early with Major Melville
[pg: 174]
[1:] the Actg Consul General, for
[2:] Khemassah to Shoot
[3:] partridges;~

[4:] At 10 1/2 I went home to
[5:] breakfast; & at 11 I received
[6:] two telegrams one from
[7:] Père Pièrre & one from
[8:] Alexander, both are dated
[9:] the 12th Instt;

[10:] "Svoboda
[11:] "Bagdad
[12:] "Tranquiliséz Santè
[13:] Alexandre, tacherai
[14:] "voyagèr ensemble
[15:] "Pièrre

[16:] The other from Alexander,

[17:] "Svoboda
[18:] "Bagdad
[19:] " Treatment require money
[20:] "if please authorize Ottom=
[21:] "bank~

[22:] At 12 after my breakfast,
[23:] I went to the Ottoman Bank
[pg: 175]
[1:] saw the manager Mr. Khitchly
[2:] & asked him to let me
[3:] have a bill on the Ottoman
[4:] Bank in Paris for 200
[5:] francs in the name of
[6:] Père Pièrre & gave him his
[7:] address; he told me
[8:] to send for it after a short
[9:] time & the money too, the
[10:] franc is reckoned at 4 G. S. P.
[11:] & 15 Paras & T Liras at 100 P.

[12:] I then sent the following
[13:] telegrams, one to my wife
[14:] Eliza thus.

[15:] "Sayegh
[16:] "Basreh
[17:] "Father Pierre and Alexander
[18:] "wire well coming together
[19:] "19/10/98 Svoboda
[20:] "11 words 17 1/4 G. S. P.

[21:] Yousif Korkis came to me
[22:] and brought me 3 letters from
[23:] his brother Rezooki
[pg: 176]
[1:] for me all opened enclosed
[2:] in his letters also all the
[3:] letters of Alexander sent
[4:] to Rezooki, they are awful
[5:] & Rezooki writes very badly
[6:] about Alexanders affair
[7:] they are dated the 26 Augst
[8:] 9 & 23 Sept; & about the
[9:] extravagant expenses he
[10:] had been making;

[11:] At 5 P.M. we finished
[12:] loading & hauled out, I
[13:] went home; Johny &
[14:] Artin called on me to read
[15:] the letters & telegrams
[16:] about Alexander;

[17:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[18:] Moon 3 days old;

20 Thurs

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[19:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[20:] weather~ At 5, Am
[21:] I came on board;
[pg: 177]

Baghdad to Basreh [20 OCT 1898 --- V048_09_S] (//)

Passgrs Okes GS. Piast Draft
249. 101,375 26,211 3/4 3,,0

[1:] At 6 AM. We proceeded
[2:] Ship drawing 3 feet 8 Inches
[3:] Fine Cool weather~

[4:] We have Mr. Bottomley
[5:] Mr. Blumsum & Alfred Holland
[6:] with their servants & kit
[7:] going down shooting at
[8:] Khemasseh; also
[9:] Mr. & Mrs. Hurner & children
[10:] & 3 servants going to
[11:] the S.S. Comet at Khemasseh
[12:] being invited by Major
[13:] Melville they occupy a
[14:] Cabin, they pay only 1 1/2
[15:] TLira as Mr. Bottomly
[16:] told me so; also a
[17:] Mr. Jérôme Priem
[18:] Belgian coming from
[19:] Persia & going up the
[20:] Karoun he is employed
[21:] in the Custom House, and
[pg: 178]
[1:] Rezooki son of Yousif
[2:] Naman Clerk of Bank
[3:] Puttman in 1st Class
[4:] to Basreh;

[5:] I sent yesterday afternoon
[6:] the following telegram
[7:] to father Pièrre Paris

[8:] "Père Pièrre
[9:] "Couvent Carmes
[10:] "Pompe Passy Paris
[11:] "Encaissèz 200 francs
[12:] "Ottombanque, frais
[13:] "Alexandre Svoboda
[14:] 14 words
[15:] 8 Fr. 20 Cts

[16:] The Bank also wired to
[17:] Paris to the Ottoman Bank
[18:] to pay father Pièrre and
[19:] I paid 40 1/2 G. S. P. or 8 Fr. 10 Cts.
[20:] We got detained 15 minuts on
[21:] a shoal (at Um el Adam
[22:] (above Kher Canal)
[pg: 179]

[1:] At 8,,50 passed Diala
[2:] river; At 9,,20 anchored
[3:] at Jaffer to sound; at
[4:] 9,,50 proceeded~ at 10,,15
[5:] anchored to sound at Gusseiba
[6:] At 10,,45 proceeded & grounded
[7:] At 11,,35 backed off and
[8:] proceeded~

[9:] At 0,,5 P.M. passed
[10:] Ctesiphon;

[11:] We have altogether 202
[12:] passengers (4 in 1st class
[13:] Mr. & Mrs. Hurner for Khanaseh
[14:] and the Belgian Mr. Jérôme
[15:] Priem & son of Yousif Naman
[16:] for Basreh);~ Also
[17:] 5 free, 2 Tilkeflies and the
[18:] wife of Hanna Shamsy the
[19:] Caretaker of Maghil & two
[20:] servants with her on the
[21:] hatch;

[22:] At 2,,10 we anchored
[23:] near the Comet above

[24:] Khannasah on the high
[25:] bank where Major Melville
[26:] has 3 Tents pitched, landed
[pg: 180]
[1:] Hurner his Wife & servants
[2:] & kit & we went on at
[3:] 2,,30 P.M.~

[4:] At 3 We anchored at
[5:] Ledje in the middle of the
[6:] reach being choosen by
[7:] me at the request of Alfred
[8:] Holland to point out a
[9:] good place for them to
[10:] encamp, here we found
[11:] Major Melville with a
[12:] small tent & the Comets
[13:] boat also the Engineers
[14:] Tom Dexter & Mr. Bamian
[15:] & a Zaptyeh with some
[16:] Arabs pitching the tent,
[17:] We landed the party close
[18:] by with their Kit and
[19:] We left at 3,,45

[20:] At 5,,5 anchored to sound
[21:] at Thabtyeh (Lower Dawer)
[22:] and at 5,,30 proceeded

[23:] At 7,,20 passed
[24:] Baghdadieh Fort~
[pg: 181]

[1:] At 8,,30 we anchored at
[2:] Rmelat for the night; Light
[3:] N.W. breeze & fine Weather;

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1898 Octor

[4:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

[5:] At 6 AM left Rmelat,

[6:] At 7,,15 passed Azizieh,
[7:] Detained below Azizieh in
[8:] shoal water from 7,,30 to 7,,55,

[9:] At 9,,30 passed the S.S.
[10:] Khalifah going up at
[11:] Toweil, I saw Faust
[12:] Lurion on board going
[13:] up, he comes from Vienna
[14:] as he usually does every
[15:] 3 or 4 Years for his business;

[16:] At 1,,10 P.M. passed Nemlah,
[17:] At 2,,20 anchored to sound
[18:] at Mehdi & left at 2,,40;

[19:] At 5,,15 passed the S. Mossul
[20:] & Barge going up at Umel Boomy
[21:] deeply laden with passengers
[22:] & Soldiers~

[23:] At 6,,40 Arrived at Coot
[24:] landed 32 passengers and
[25:] 62 Packages~ I received
[pg: 182]
[1:] Henry's letter, also letter
[2:] from my wife, she says that
[3:] there is no telegrams or
[4:] news from Alexander as
[5:] the wire was interrupted,
[6:] & she is in a great anxiety
[7:] about him & wants to leave
[8:] in the S. Heronspool of
[9:] Asfar for Marseille~
[10:] The Khalifah has 72,600 Okes
[11:] of Cargo, & about 160 passengers,

[12:] We finished cargo at 7 1/2
[13:] & remained for the night

22 Satur Th@6. 68

[14:] Light S. Erly air & fine~

[15:] At 6,,15 Am left Coot,
[16:] took 14 1/2 Passengers;

[17:] Detained aground at Seyd
[18:] Abbass from 12 Am till
[19:] 0,,45 P.M. & hove off with
[20:] an anchor, and again
[21:] grounded at 1; hove back
[22:] for a long distance, floated
[23:] & in steaming down again
[24:] grounded hove off and
[25:] sent to sound; having
[26:] found the Channel further
[pg: 183]
[1:] up, we steamed up and
[2:] dropped down stern formost
[3:] close alongside the eastern
[4:] sand bank & turned
[5:] round & went on at 5,,30
[6:] P.M.~ Light N.W. and
[7:] fine Weather;

[8:] At 7,,50 We rounded &
[9:] came to at Ali Gherbi &
[10:] landed 2 passengers, & took
[11:] in 6. At 8,,10 the SS.
[12:] Phrat & Barge came up
[13:] from Basreh~ We
[14:] remained at anchor for the night
[15:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

23 Sund Th@6. 63

1898 Octor

[16:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[17:] morning, At 6 Am. We left
[18:] Ali Gherbi~ Clouds are
[19:] coming on from the South in
[20:] light patches~

[21:] At 10 passed Ali Sherghi,

[22:] At 2,,20 P.M. arrived
[23:] at Amara landed 42 1/2
[24:] passengers and 123 Packages,

[25:] I received here a telegram
[pg: 184]
[1:] from Alexander dated
[2:] the 18th, which has been
[3:] transmitted to me yesterday
[4:] from Baghdad, by Rafooly
[5:] the employé, but is so
[6:] incomprehensible~

[7:] " Svoboda Baghdad
[8:] " unreplieu imploring
[9:] " live persisting causes
[10:] " dispair certainly leave
[11:] " when health permets
[12:] " reply;~

[13:] I cannot make out whether
[14:] this is Ibrahim Gejou's reply
[15:] of my telegram from
[16:] Basreh of the 10th Octor;

[17:] At 4,,15 P.M. we left Amara
[18:] Took 26 1/2 passengers~

[19:] At 7,,45 anchored for
[20:] the night above Kalat Saleh,
[21:] Light N.W. & fine Weather,
[22:] it became very cool at night
[pg: 185]

24 Mond Th@6. 61

1898 Octor

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[2:] weather~

[3:] At 5,,50 am proceeded
[4:] from below Kalat Saleh;
[5:] Detained 10 minutes in turning
[6:] round the reach above Aboo
[7:] Roba~

[8:] At 8,,15 anchored just below
[9:] the Elbow reach, the steering
[10:] chain parted in striking
[11:] her stern against the bank;

[12:] At 9,,26 proceeded after
[13:] having repaired & put a new
[14:] block~

[15:] Anchored above Ghumeyjeh
[16:] & sent to sound at 9,,30,
[17:] At 10,,30 weighed and went
[18:] on easy, there is plenty water
[19:] from 3 to 3 1/2 draaz; no other
[20:] steamers stopes or gets
[21:] detained at this place except
[22:] us every time whether
[23:] down or up~

[24:] At 10,,45 grounded below
[25:] Ghumeyjeh canal; took an
[26:] anchor out Astern & hove off,
[27:] At 11,,50 proceeded

[28:] At 0,,30 P.M. passed Azair
[29:] At 3,,35 landed 8 1/2 passengers
[pg: 186]
[1:] at Gorna & went on at
[2:] 3,,40~

[3:] At 7,,45 arrived at
[4:] Basreh; The mail of last
[5:] week for the Khalifah has
[6:] only arrived yesterday;
[7:] There are here the SS. Lawrence
[8:] the "Heronspool" for Asfar
[9:] & the "Tresco" for G. Mackenzie;
[10:] I went over in Rufails Belem
[11:] to his house saw Eliza, Rufail
[12:] & Rezooki only there; I red
[13:] to Eliza all the letters from
[14:] Alexander & R. Korkis & the
[15:] telegrams etc, we were all
[16:] Very sorry & disheartened at
[17:] his doings, Roofail has
[18:] received a telegram from
[19:] Alexander yesterday
[20:] it is dated the 21st (he
[21:] knows that his mother is
[22:] in Basreh from my telegrams,
[23:] it says.

[24:] " Sayegh. Basreh
[25:] " Father severe, pennyless,
[26:] " despair without mother's
[pg: 187]
[1:] " assistance reply 124
[2:] " Rennes~

[3:] he wants nothing but money
[4:] and does not say anything
[5:] about when he leaves and
[6:] whether he accompanies
[7:] Père Pièrre;~ We turned
[8:] in at midnight but could
[9:] not sleep~

[10:] The SS. Ressafah had
[11:] left this evening & we passed
[12:] her at 7 P.M. above Maghil,

25 Tuesd

1898 Octor

[13:] Very light N.W. & cool
[14:] morning; I breakfasted
[15:] with Eliza & Roofail & Rezooki
[16:] also Yousif Marine came
[17:] down; we made out a
[18:] telegram for Alexander
[19:] in Roofails name in answer
[20:] to his, this

[21:] " Svoboda
[22:] " 124 Rue Rennes, Paris
[23:] " Parents absolutely refuse
[24:] " remittance, unless accompanying
[25:] " Pièrre, otherwise useless
[26:] " telegraphing~
[27:] 25/10/98 Sayegh
[pg: 188]

[1:] I went over to G. Asfar to enquire
[2:] when the Arabistan leaves
[3:] Marseilles & he told that
[4:] she has left Manchester on
[5:] the 20th & probably shall not
[6:] leave Marseilles before the
[7:] 3 or 5th of Novr; so I asked
[8:] him to wire to Saunièr
[9:] about Alexander's passage
[10:] if he comes in her or in any
[11:] other steamer; so he
[12:] made this telegram out;

[13:] " Saunièr Marseille
[14:] " Passage steamer paid
[15:] " whichever steamer takes
[16:] Frcs 4,,85

[17:] and he sent it, I settled with
[18:] him about all the telegrams
[19:] he had sent for me & paid
[20:] him Frcs 46,,55, & also
[21:] GSPiast 32 1/2 to Baghdad
[22:] I came on board at 10 1/2 Am
[23:] we are loading & discharging
[24:] cargo~

[25:] My Wife Eliza came in
[26:] the afternoon & remained
[pg: 189]
[1:] till 5 P.M also Yousif her
[2:] brother & Rezooki her son,

[3:] We finished shipping cargo
[4:] at 4 P.M.~

[5:] Weather got warm & calm
[6:] Misty; We are waiting for
[7:] Lynch Brothers Letters, & Mrs.
[8:] Hall a Clerk of L. Lynch & Co
[9:] of Baghdad who came down
[10:] in the Khalifah & is returning
[11:] With us;~

Basreh to Baghdad [26 OCT 1898 --- V048_10_N] (//)

Passg Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
124 98904 10,392 1/4 3,,9

[13:] At 6,,45 P.M. we got under-
[14:] way; Fine Weather, but
[15:] rather dampy~

26 Wedn. Th@6. 62

1898 Octor

Ghadban Sheikh of Beni Laam

1898 Octor

[16:] At 0,,40 AM. passed Gorna

[17:] At 4,,25 anchored below
[18:] Azair~ At 6 We proceeded

[19:] At 6,,10 passed Azair
[20:] Very light air & dampy morning
[21:] but fine weather;

[22:] Detained at Jamsheh above
[23:] Ghumeyjeh from 8,,15 till
[24:] 10 in shoal water and
[pg: 190]
[1:] going easy~ also at
[2:] the Elbow & above it,
[3:] lost about 1/4 hour;

[4:] Finished with the passengers
[5:] tickets, we have 81 1/2
[6:] (3 in 1st Class Cabin, Mrs
[7:] Hall Clerk of S Lynch & her
[8:] son about 9 years, a Mahomedan
[9:] Mahmood Effendi Clerk
[10:] in the Seraî of Basreh, &
[11:] the mother of Kassim Khdery
[12:] to Amara paying except
[13:] Mrs Hall free) also 3
[14:] Men & Women family of
[15:] Tilkefli crew of Basreh free,

[16:] At 1,,40 P.M. passed Kalat
[17:] Saleh;

[18:] At 6,,10 P.M. arrived at
[19:] Amara landed 18 passengers
[20:] We took 10 Tons of Coal &
[21:] 8 packages of copper & skins,

[22:] Ghadban the Sheikh
[23:] of Beni Laam is still at
[24:] large he has gone beyond
[25:] Howeiza in the [strikeout] Persian
[26:] territory; & is obstinate
[pg: 191]
[1:] and refuses to come back
[2:] & refuses to return the plunder
[3:] of sheep & other things which
[4:] his Arabs have taken
[5:] away from other tribes &
[6:] traders; The Turkish Governt
[7:] here is too Weak to chastise
[8:] him, & cannot do anything
[9:] without the sanction from
[10:] Constple and so things are
[11:] growing worse & worse,
[12:] the traffic on the river,
[13:] between Amara & Coot is
[14:] unsafe, Boats are getting
[15:] plundered by other tribes
[16:] in the name of the Beni Laam
[17:] tribe; They are again going
[18:] to send Abdulkadur Khdery
[19:] tomorrow to Ghadban
[20:] being a friend of his to try
[21:] and persuade him to return
[22:] to his place on the bank
[23:] of the river, his first visit
[24:] to him proved fruitless
[pg: 192]

[1:] At 7,,55 P.M. left Amara
[2:] Light air & fine weather,
[3:] moon 9 days old;

27 Thursd Th@ 6,,64

1st rise of the river

[A48_193_04:058]

[4:] Light S.E. & fine~ at 6,,10
[5:] A.M. landed 2 passengers
[6:] at Ali Gherbi & took one
[7:] and went on at 6,,15~

[8:] Gave tickets to 16 Amara
[9:] passengers; (one in 1st Class
[10:] Cabin a Turkish Colonel
[11:] Kerim Beg Kaimakam)

[12:] At 8,,30 passed the SS.
[13:] Ressafah & Barge going up

[14:] Detained at Seyd Abbass
[15:] in shoal water from 8,,45
[16:] till 9,,15~

[17:] We see a little rise in the
[18:] river today after passing
[19:] Sheikh Saad for the
[20:] first time in this season,

[21:] At 5,,40 P.M. arrived at
[22:] Coot, landed 6 passengers,
[23:] and took 5 Tons of Coal

[24:] The river rose about
[25:] 8 Inches here & stopped,
[pg: 193]

[1:] Mr. Julietti the Superintendant
[2:] of Telegraph & Post is
[3:] here, he came on board he
[4:] arrived here from Mendeli
[5:] & Bedra on the 11th he had
[6:] been Constructing a line
[7:] from Mendeli to Bedra,
[8:] & here connecting it with
[9:] this line & is going down
[10:] to Ali Gherbi & Gorna
[11:] to inspect the line;

[12:] At 6,,50 P.M. We left
[13:] Coot; Fine clear Weather;
[14:] light N.W. breeze~

28 Frid Th@6. 65

1898 Octor

[15:] At 1,,45 Am landed two
[16:] passengers at Bughela
[17:] & Went on at 1,,50~

[18:] At 2,,15 passed Nemlah,
[19:] Light N.W. & fine~ Gave
[20:] tickets to 25 1/2 Coot passengers

[21:] I have got cold all over my
[22:] body, head all aching &
[23:] had slight fever at night
[24:] I think it is on Account
[pg: 194]
[1:] of the light Cotton Clothes
[2:] which I still wear;

[3:] At 8,,30 passed the S.S.
[4:] Khalifah going down,
[5:] I saw (Johny Sayegh)
[6:] Père Louis, and Edward
[7:] Blockey are on board
[8:] going to Basreh; We met
[9:] at Zeljeh island~

[10:] At 10,,10 passed Azizieh
[11:] At 1,,35 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[12:] Fort;

[13:] At 6,,15 We came to
[14:] & went alongside at Ledj &
[15:] took on board Alfred Holland
[16:] & Mr. Blumsum & George
[17:] Cowley (the latter came down
[18:] on the Khalifah yesterday)
[19:] with their Kit & servants &
[20:] left at 6,,40~ I received
[21:] here a letter left by Henry
[22:] & a letter from Alexander
[23:] arrived last Thursday
[24:] the 20 Inst; he complains
[pg: 195]
[1:] very bitterly of his indisposition
[2:] & unable to leave Paris,
[3:] & wants money, he being
[4:] very weak to travel & so on
[5:] Like the former letters,
[6:] his letter is dated the 30 Septr,

[7:] They tell me there is no
[8:] shooting here very few partridges
[9:] to be found,

[10:] At 7,,15 stopped with the
[11:] Comet at Khemasseh, and
[12:] gave the mail to Major
[13:] Melvîlle, they have had
[14:] very little sport, they have
[15:] shot altogether about 80
[16:] partridges ~ At 7,,25
[17:] we went on ;

[18:] At 10,,20 passed Ctesiphon,

29 (illegible) Satur

1898

Octor

1898

Octor

[19:] At 1,,30 Am passed Diala,
[20:] Very fine & cool weather
[21:] with moonlight night,

[22:] At 4,,50 landed the
[23:] maids at the Residency
[pg: 196]
[1:] and went to the Custom
[2:] House ~ The Mossul &
[3:] Phrat are here; At 5 ½
[4:] am I went home found the
[5:] house alright with our
[6:] servant [space] Meekha [space] & his wife
[7:] Khokhy; I got the second
[8:] letter from Alexander sent
[9:] to me by Johny, it is dated
[10:] the 7 Octor; also a letter
[11:] from [space] Blockey answering
[12:] mine of the 18 Aug; ~ I
[13:] feel very unwell I have
[14:] the diarrhea since day
[15:] break with pain in stomach
[16:] & bones aching [space] & painful
[17:] it is a cold I got since three
[18:] days for not having put
[19:] on my woolen & flannel
[20:] which I ought to have
[21:] done about 10 days
[22:] ago; I feel very weak &
[23:] unable to go out; Sister
[24:] Medula came to see me
[25:] at 9 am ~ Also Père
[pg: 197]
[1:] Emmanuel and about 10
[2:] minutes after he had left he
[3:] returned to me with a Telegram
[4:] which he had just received
[5:] from Père Pièrre Paris
[6:] in which he says

[7:] Carmes Baghdad
[8:] Partirai [space] Novembre avec
[9:] Père Jean et [space] Alexandre
[10:] Avertissèz Svoboda
[11:] Pièrre,

[12:] it is dated the 26 Octor,
[13:] I was very glad to hear
[14:] this news, but why did not
[15:] Alexander telegraphed to me,

[16:] I sent a telegram to my
[17:] wife immediately & copied
[18:] her the above telegram

[19:] I remained at home not able
[20:] to go out being so weak
[21:] from the diarrhea, I took
[22:] a few drops of some Cholera
[23:] mixture from Grzeski,
[24:] which [space] Medoola sent me
[25:] & it stopped it; I also
[26:] changed my Cotton flannel
[pg: 198]
[1:] put a light woollen one
[2:] & felt much better on it;
[3:] Johny & Artin called in the
[4:] evening ~

[5:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[6:] weather ~

[7:] There are lots of Small
[8:] Pox in Baghdad for the
[9:] last 20 days all amongst
[10:] the young children & mostly
[11:] among the Jews ~

30 Sund

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather
[13:] at 8 am I went to the Latin
[14:] Church & then called on
[15:] Catherina Yaghchi
[16:] on Sister Medula, Menusha,
[17:] Mina Abood & came
[18:] home had breakfast;

[19:] at 2 P.M. called on sister
[20:] Eliza & came home at 4

[21:] The SS. Mossul left this
[22:] morning at 6 ~.

[23:] Light N.W. & fine clear
[24:] weather, no rain has
[25:] yet fallen any where at
[pg: 199]
[1:] all & the price of grain
[2:] is rising; Barley from
[3:] 160 P. to 175/90 the wozna
[4:] (illegible) of 78 Okes wheat from
[5:] 380 to 450 & so on;

31 Mond therm @ 6.60

[6:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[7:] at 8 am I came on board
[8:] and paid the ship’s company
[9:] their wages for this month,

[10:] I went to the office to
[11:] Mr. Bottomley for some
[12:] questions regarding the
[13:] pay of some people;
[14:] Came home at 12;
[15:] I took a warm bath;

[16:] At 4 P.M. called on Eliza
[17:] [illegible] also on Sister Medula
[18:] & came home at 5 ¼

[19:] Johny & Artin called on
[20:] me till 7 P.M. ;

[21:] Fine cool weather;

Novr 1 (illegible) Therm@6.58

1898

Novr

[A48_200_08:059]

[A48_200_14:060]

[22:] I called at 8 am on Père
[23:] Augustine he says that
[24:] Monseîgneur Altmayer
[25:] will leave Mossul
[pg: 200]
[1:] for Baghdad in about 8
[2:] days more; I came on
[3:] board at 9; we are shipping
[4:] cargo; The S.S. Phrat &
[5:] Barge left for Basreh at
[6:] 6 am; ~ at 10 ½ I went
[7:] home; ~ I heard that
[8:] Yousif Metchich has arrived
[9:] from Aleppo this morning
[10:] with his niece Mina I
[11:] went to see him, he has been
[12:] 23 days on the road; he
[13:] saw Mr. Richarz the
[14:] German Consul returning
[15:] to Baghdad, he was in the
[16:] Hotel of Kewark, and
[17:] is coming after few days,

[18:] At 2 P.M. I came on
[19:] board, we are shipping cargo;

[20:] At 5 went home ~
[21:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

2 Wedn Therm@6.59

[A48_201_06:061]

[22:] Light N.Ely & fine cool
[23:] weather ~ at 8 am called
[24:] on Menusha & then came
[25:] on board ~ The Ressafah
[pg: 201]
[1:] came inside to discharge,
[2:] The river is as low as ever,
[3:] there is no rise at all;

[4:] Antone Marine came on board
[5:] to see me, he is still outside
[6:] in the house at Gherrarah
[7:] of the Nawab & Ahmed Agha
[8:] with JebooryAsfar’s wife
[9:] & children; I had not seen
[10:] him for more than a
[11:] month;

[12:] Weather is changing, it
[13:] is getting cloudy & at 11 I went
[14:] to breakfast & came on board
[15:] at 1 P.M.; We shipped
[16:] all the cargo that came
[17:] having about 84000 (illegible) Okes;

[18:] At 5 I went home; Johny
[19:] & Artin called till 7 P.M.;
[20:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

3 Thurs Therm@6.52

1898

Novr

[A48_202_20:062]

[A48_203_07:063]

1898

Nov

[21:] Light N.W. & fine ~ at 5 ½
[22:] am I came on board,
[pg: 202]

Baghdad to Basreh [3 NOV 1898 --- V048_11_S] (//)

Passgrs Okes G. S. Piast Draft
212 1/2 88,265 21,632 1/2 3,,6

[1:] At 6 am. we proceeded,
[2:] We passed Gherrarah & the
[3:] Bridge cut open for us, I see
[4:] all the Tents are ant out there
[5:] yet, no one has gone in,

[6:] At 8,,25 passed Diala
[7:] At 9,,20 anchored at Gusseiba
[8:] to sound; At 9,,40 proceeded

[9:] At 10,,20 Stopped with the
[10:] Comet alongside at Ctesiphon
[11:] just above Hudeitha, and
[12:] a Tent on the bank, Major
[13:] Melville the Acting Resident
[14:] is shooting sandgrouse
[15:] (Gettas) on the sand bank
[16:] with the Engineer Mr. Bamian
[17:] & Tom Dexter, we landed
[18:] Mr. Hürner & Mr. Maclaughlin
[19:] the Assistant Director in the
[20:] Ottoman Bank, we charged
[21:] them deck passage each
[22:] 26 ¼ G. S. P. Hurner has
[23:] his wife & children still
[pg: 203]
[1:] in the Comet, he had gone
[2:] to town on Sundays ~ at
[3:] 10,,35 we went on;

[4:] We have in all 175 ½
[5:] Passengers & 4 free; (2
[6:] in 1st class, Mr. Cooper
[7:] in the Société du Tombae
[8:] going to Bushire & B. Abbass
[9:] and a Jew Aboodi Zeekha
[10:] to Basreh) and Alfred Holland
[11:] & Polus Bahoshi the Engineer
[12:] of Lynch’s Wool Press going
[13:] to Coot to get a piece of
[14:] ground for the erection of
[15:] a wool press for Lynch & Co
[16:] like that at Amara,

[17:] At 3 P.M. landed a man
[18:] at Swera & went on;

[19:] At 4.5 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[20:] Fort;

[21:] At 6 P.M. we rounded
[22:] and came to at Raddat
[23:] for the night, light N.W. and
[24:] fine clear weather; moon
[25:] 18 days old ~
[pg: 204]

[1:] Light S.Ely, with clouds
[2:] scattered about & dampy.

1898 Nov

4 Frid

[A48_204_09:064]

[3:] At 6 Am. we left Raddat

[4:] At 6,,30 passed Azazieh,

[5:] At 9 met the SS Khalifah
[6:] coming up at Shedeif, we
[7:] stopped and sent Capt Cowley’s
[8:] younger son Victor on board
[9:] to return with his sister
[10:] Beaty (Mrs. Hanslow being
[11:] on board) & the other son
[12:] Douglas remained with us
[13:] to go down & up; ~ At 9,,5
[14:] we went on. I got a letter
[15:] from Henry, they have a
[16:] new Captain for the Comet
[17:] Capt Cooper, Davorzica &
[18:] his wife & other natives in
[19:] 1st Class & 274 passengers in
[20:] all & 82000 Okes, he
[21:] has left my letters & papers
[22:] at Coot;

[23:] At 10,,20 stopped at Debooni
[24:] and sent to sound;

[25:] At 10,,40 proceeded on,
[pg: 205]
[1:] At 0,,45 P.M. passed Memlah

[2:] At 5,,35 arrived at Coot,
[3:] landed 34 ½ passengers,
[4:] also Alfred Holland, Polus
[5:] Bahoshy & 2 servants, &
[6:] 12 packages;

[7:] I received Henry’s letter & my
[8:] paper, also a letter from
[9:] my wife, she has received
[10:] my telegram from Baghdad
[11:] of the 29th Ulto; but she says
[12:] that Jeboory Asfar told
[13:] them that the Arabistan
[14:] must have left Marseilles
[15:] on the 29th Ulto; so Père Pièrre
[16:] & Alexander could not have
[17:] left in her since Père Pièrre
[18:] says in his telegram that they
[19:] are leaving in November;

[20:] We remained at Coot for the
[21:] night; Fine weather with
[22:] light N. Ely breeze;

5thSatur Therm@6.62

1898

Novr

[23:] Light N. Ely with few clouds

[24:] At 6,,05 Am left Coot after
[25:] hoving sent the Pilot to sound
[26:] below the village; but
[pg: 206]
[1:] we touched & worked her
[2:] off & went on at 6,,45.

[3:] Took 20 passengers from
[4:] Coot and all for Amara

[5:] Detained at Seyd Abbas in
[6:] dropping down along the
[7:] East sand bank from 12 ½
[8:] till one & again anchored
[9:] at 1 P.M. just after passing
[10:] the shoal, & sent to sound
[11:] the lower one, At 1,,30 P.M.
[12:] proceeded, weather cloudy,

[13:] At 3,,25 P.M. landed 4 Passengers
[14:] and 4 Carabas Arak at
[15:] Ali Gherbi & went on at
[16:] 3,,35; Clouds disappearing
[17:] there is only a patch right
[18:] ahead, Breeze from N.W.

[19:] At 12 P.M. arrived at
[20:] Amara landed 52 passengers
[21:] and 90 packages;

[22:] Very light S.Ely breeze and
[23:] cloudy overcast,

6 Sund

Arabs object closing Canals (vertical)

1898

Novr

(vertical) 1st Rain,

1898 Novr

[24:] At 5,,50 Am left Amara
[25:] weather became cloudy
[pg: 207]
[1:] & light N. Ely breeze, overcast
[2:] & getting gloomy & misty;

[3:] Took 17 Amara passengers
[4:] (one an Arab free sent up by
[5:] Lynch Brothers to examine
[6:] & report on the closing of
[7:] some Canals by the Turkish
[8:] Governt; & he says that there
[9:] has been nothing done as
[10:] the Arabs object to having
[11:] some of them closed, and
[12:] the Governt: do not enforce
[13:] them for their benefit
[14:] in the time being, but the
[15:] fools do not see that they
[16:] are cutting their own throats
[17:] for in a short time the
[18:] river will be ruined and
[19:] the navigation & traffic
[20:] stopped & the whole country
[21:] will starve) ~

[22:] The SS. Phrat had arrived
[23:] at Amara down at 10 P.M.
[24:] last night & left at 1 am
[25:] this morning for Basreh,
[pg: 208]

[1:] At 8,,30 passed Kalat Saleh,
[2:] it became very cloudy gloomy,
[3:] & at 10 ¼ it rained a light
[4:] shower, the first time in
[5:] the season;

[6:] At 1 P.M. passed Azair
[7:] (having left ½ hour above
[8:] Ghumeyjeh & the Elbow)
[9:] weather very cloudy &
[10:] misty wintry days ~

[11:] At 3 a strong breeze blew
[12:] from S. Et & brought a squall
[13:] of dust which passed
[14:] up the weather very cloudy
[15:] & threatening;

[16:] At 4 P.M. landed 2 passengers
[17:] at Gorna, the SS. Phrat has
[18:] just left about 10 minutes
[19:] ago; Mr. Guilietti is here
[20:] he came down from Coot
[21:] I sent him his papers & letter
[22:] at 4,,10 we went on
[23:] it is raining lightly;

[24:] At 4,,50 passed the Phrat
[25:] rain ceased but remained
[26:] cloudy dampy weather,
[pg: 209]
[1:] It became very cloudy and
[2:] dark after sunset; light
[3:] S.Ely breeze;

[4:] At 8,,35 P.M. arrived at
[5:] Basreh, there is the SS. Cogent
[6:] for Asfar & Co here & the
[7:] Esther, also the SS. Mossul
[8:] The Gunboat “Redbreast”
[9:] is further down; & the
[10:] SS. Abdulkadur from Constple
[11:] in the quarantine ground
[12:] also the mail S. Kilwa

[13:] I went up to Rufail’s house
[14:] & saw my wife there; they
[15:] have news from Alexander
[16:] since I left Baghdad; and
[17:] they say that the Arabistan
[18:] has left Marseilles on
[19:] the 1st Instt as Gabriel Asfar
[20:] has told them, so Père
[21:] Pièrre & Alexander could
[22:] not have come out in her,

[23:] Rufail is still building
[24:] his upper story, they have
[25:] had lots of rain here
[pg: 210]
[1:] today for about 2 hours
[2:] & the ground is very muddy,
[3:] weather keeps very cloudy
[4:] & dark;

7 Mond

[5:] Light S. Westerly and
[6:] cloudy; at 9 am I came
[7:] on board the Mejidieh, she
[8:] is alongside the Blosse
[9:] Lynch shipping cargo out
[10:] of her; The Redbreast
[11:] left this morning for down
[12:] the river to patrol the
[13:] river between this & Fao;

[14:] The S.S. Phrat arrived last
[15:] night at 10 3/4 P.M.;

[16:] At 12 am I took Cowley's
[17:] son Douglas with me to Rufails
[18:] house where he stopped for
[19:] 2 or 3 hours & sent him
[20:] back; Jeboory Asfar called
[21:] on us in the evening, he
[22:] says that the Arabistan
[23:] has left Marseilles on
[24:] the 31st Octor; ~

[25:] Weather became fine with
[pg: 211]
[1:] a Light n.w. breeze;

8 Tuesd

1898 noon

[A48_211_08:065]

[2:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[3:] At 8 am I left Rufail's house
[4:] & came on board, we are
[5:] still alongside the Blosse
[6:] shipping cargo; & at noon
[7:] we finished loading ;

[8:] Père Louis (Johny Sayegh)
[9:] who came down in the
[10:] Khalifah last time, and
[11:] Edward Blockey are
[12:] going up with us in 1st
[13:] Class cabin, the latter
[14:] has a deck passage and
[15:] occupies a 1st Class;

[16:] My wife Eliza came on
[17:] board for 2 hours also Rufail
[18:] & Rezooki & Nessoory
[19:] Andrea etc;

[20:] Some clouds are coming
[21:] on, light n.w. breeze
[22:] & not cool at all;
[23:] we received the mail at
[24:] 4 P.M.;
[pg: 212]

Basreh to Baghdad [9 NOV 1898 --- V048_12_N] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. P. Local Draft
238 131,559 17167 ¼ 3,,11

[1:] At 4,45 P.M. we got
[2:] underway & proceeded,
[3:] very light air & fine ~

[4:] We have Edward Blockey
[5:] in 1st Class paying deck &
[6:] messing with us, also Père
[7:] Louis (Johny Sayegh) paying
[8:] 1st Class but he messes in
[9:] his Cabin from the ship;

[10:] At 10,,45 passed Gonna

9 Wedn

1898 Novr

[11:] Light n.w. & fine but dampy
[12:] weather, at 2,,50 Am.
[13:] passed Azair, at 3,,20
[14:] anchored ~

[15:] At 6 proceeded; we
[16:] passed Ghumeyjeh alright
[17:] without touching;

[18:] We passed the SS. Ressafah
[19:] bound down at 10 ~

[20:] We went easy all the time
[21:] since this morning until
[22:] we got up to near K. Saleh

[23:] Finished with the passengers
[24:] tickets;
[pg: 213]

[1:] We have in all 167 (2 in
[2:] 1st C. Père Louis & Edward
[3:] my nephew,) 9 are Persians
[4:] with through tickets from
[5:] Bushire;

[6:] At 1,,50 P.M. landed 2
[7:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[8:] & went on;

[9:] At 6,,30 arrived at Amara
[10:] landed 28 passengers & the
[11:] 6 Zaptyes; Took in 8 Tons
[12:] of coal; we shipped some
[13:] cargo as ghee & copper etc,
[14:] they say here that the river
[15:] rose about 4 Inches;
[16:] (We landed here 100 empty coal
[17:] Baskets & 2 Bundles of Coir
[18:] rope & a large boats sail
[19:] for Abdul Kadur Khdery
[20:] free of freight by Capt Order
[21:] and Abdul Kadur gave the
[22:] Captain a sheep, a gazelle
[23:] and 4 Bags of rice as present,
[24:] and all the kit that came
[25:] on board with Abdul Kadur’s
[26:] mother free also) ~
[pg: 214]

[1:] At 8,,30 P.M. we left
[2:] Amara; Light n.w.
[3:] & fine clear weather;

10 Thursd The 6.54

[4:] Light S. Erly & fine cold morning
[5:] At 6,,40 AM. landed 5
[6:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[7:] took 4 1/2 & went on at 6,,55
[8:] gave tickets to 43 1/2 Amara
[9:] passengers; (one in 1st Class
[10:] the mother of Abdul Kadur
[11:] Khdery) ~

[12:] At 12 am landed 4 passengers
[13:] and 3 packages at Sheikh
[14:] Saad and went on at 0,,5 PM.

[15:] At 6,20 we grounded below
[16:] Coot reach & kept working
[17:] with the Engines & then grounded
[18:] took an anchor out &
[19:] hove off; at 8,25 proceeded

[20:] At 8,,35 arrived at Coot
[21:] landed 9 passengers,
[22:] took 5 Tons of coal,

[23:] Alfred Holland & Polus
[24:] & 2 servants came on board
[25:] to go back with us ,
[pg: 215]
[1:] The piece of ground is brought
[2:] near our Coal Depôt
[3:] for the wool Press~

[4:] At 10,30 we left Coot,

11 Frid The @ 6.55

1898 Novr

[5:] Light n.w. & fine, some clouds
[6:] are appearing; at 4,,30
[7:] Am. we touched the shoal
[8:] at Mehdi sounded & found
[9:] little water took out anchors
[10:] ahead & hove over ; at
[11:] 7,,50 proceeded ~ Gave
[12:] tickets to 23 Coot passengers
[13:] Weather becoming cloudy,

[14:] At 9,,10 passed Memlah
[15:] At 10,30 touched at Sheresh
[16:] and could not pass after
[17:] trying several times; so we
[18:] anchored & Capt Cowley went
[19:] to sound (as the Pilot was
[20:] asleep) at 12 we went
[21:] on alright ~ Getting
[22:] cloudy all over with a
[23:] S. westly breeze ~

[24:] At 0,,15 P.M. passed
[25:] the SS. Khalifah going down
[26:] I saw Jeboory Asfar's
[27:] wife & her two children
[pg: 216]
[1:] going down in her ;

[2:] Toward sunset the clouds begun
[3:] to clear off toward the south,
[4:] a light n.w breeze prevails,

[5:] At 6,,15 P.M. passed Azizieh,
[6:] At 8,,15 grounded at Rmelat
[7:] sounded & took an anchor
[8:] out hove back, at 10,,15
[9:] proceeded ~

[10:] At 11,,50 passed Baghdadieh
[11:] fine cold weather ;

12 Satur Ther @ 6.51

[A48_216_22:066]

[A48_217_05:067]

1898 Novr

[12:] Light n.w. & fine cold weather
[13:] At 6 1/2 am passed Bostan,

[14:] At 9 passed Ctesiphon
[15:] Detained in Shaol water &
[16:] sounding at Gusseiba
[17:] from 10 till 10,,40

[18:] Detained 15 minutes in Shoal
[19:] water at Jaffer ~

[20:] At 0,,35 P.M. passed
[21:] Diala river ;

[22:] At 1,,40, Edward Blockey
[23:] my nephew & I landed at
[24:] Gherrarah just below the
[25:] Bridge, where the steamer
[26:] went alongside & landed
[pg: 217]
[1:] a mare we have from Basreh

[2:] We walked to town; all
[3:] the Tents at Gherrarah have
[4:] gone in this week except
[5:] 6 Tents of Fetoohi Magho
[6:] Polus Serkis & Tooza wife
[7:] of Georgi Asfar, & Dr. Sekhoor

[8:] I got home at 3 very

[9:] tyred & dusty, no rain
[10:] has fallen yet; my servant
[11:] gave me my letters amongst
[12:] which two from Alexander
[13:] one of the 14 Octor, he only
[14:] complains of his indisposition
[15:] and want of money &
[16:] having seen Père Pièrre
[17:] & the next one is only
[18:] a Postal Card letter, he
[19:] writes me a few lines and
[20:] complains bitterly of having
[21:] just returned from the Doctor
[22:] & writes this Card in the
[23:] Post Office on his way he
[24:] says he is suffering very
[25:] much in health & want
[26:] of money to live by & if
[27:] he gets better he will
[28:] leave with Père Pièrre
[pg: 218]
[1:] I also received a letter from
[2:] Böhm also about Alexander
[3:] & a letter from Yousif
[4:] Serpos from Alexandria
[5:] also about Alexander;
[6:] In fact I do not know
[7:] what to do, I am utterly
[8:] disappointed & getting
[9:] mad, & what am I to
[10:] do with my son; I am
[11:] so weak & unwell from the
[12:] grief & sorrow;

[13:] Johny & Artin called on
[14:] me in the evening ;

[15:] The Mejidieh arrived at
[16:] 4 1/2 P.M. ~

[17:] Weather unsettled and
[18:] cloudy ~

13 Sund Ther @ 6.52

1898 Nov

1898 Novr

[19:] Very unsettled weather,
[20:] Cloudy & squally, at 7
[21:] am a squall of dark dust
[22:] blew & wind shifted from
[23:] S. to West & N. West
[24:] and at 7 1/2 it began to
[25:] rain steadily and became
[pg: 219]

[1:] very cloudy gloomy all
[2:] over, at 8 1/2 am I went to
[3:] the Latin Church in the rain
[4:] & got wet through ~
[5:] After mass at 9 1/2 I went
[6:] to see the Pêre Marie Joseph
[7:] the school master who
[8:] wished to see me, he took
[9:] me to his room & red to
[10:] me Père Pièrres letter,
[11:] he has received from Paris
[12:] & tells him about Alexander
[13:] that he does not wish to
[14:] come out but he is trying
[15:] to pursuade him & will
[16:] wire if he succeeds (which
[17:] he has done on the 26’) &
[18:] thinks of leaving in this
[19:] month some time &
[20:] that Alexander is little
[21:] unwell & fatigued etc et

[22:] I called on sister Medula
[23:] with Johny & Artin
[24:] also on Menusha,
[25:] they tell me that Louisa’s
[26:] marriage shall take
[27:] place next Sunday
[pg: 220]
[1:] the 20th because in December
[2:] no marriage is permitted
[3:] to take place according
[4:] to the Church rule;

[5:] Rain continues to come
[6:] down lightly but regular
[7:] the streets got very muddy
[8:] I am all soked with water,

[9:] Went home & breakfasted
[10:] working in cleaning a
[11:] sitting room for me as
[12:] it is too cold to be out
[13:] on the verandah & wet,

[14:] Rain continues with
[15:] a short intermission ~

[16:] At 2 P.M. called on my
[17:] sister Eliza also on Alice
[18:] & Emilia in the rain and
[19:] fearful mud & water,

[20:] I sent the following
[21:] telegram at 1 P.M. to
[22:] enquire from the Carmelite
[23:] fathers in Paris about
[24:] the departure of Père
[25:] Pièrre & Alexander
[pg: 221]

[1:] "Père Ferdinand
[2:] "Carmes Passy
[3:] " Paris
[4:] "Prière informèz date
[5:] "départ Père Pièrre et,
[6:] "Alexander dix payé
[7:] " Svoboda
[8:] 26 mots Frc 14.85
[9:] 13/11/98

[10:] Antoine Giulietti has also
[11:] received a long letter from
[12:] Alexander which he gave
[13:] me to read, he complains
[14:] of his bad life he is spending,
[15:] being miserable without
[16:] money, & very ill with
[17:] the pulmonary complaint
[18:] & begs him to speak
[19:] to me to send him money
[20:] & wire him quick etc et,

[21:] Antoine came to me
[22:] in the evening & I asked
[23:] him if he wants to wire
[24:] to Alexander that he can
[pg: 222]
[1:] say so; "Père disposé
[2:] rendre tons vos desire
[3:] condition accompagnèr
[4:] Père Pièrre" ~

[5:] Rain ceased at about 3
[6:] P.M. & remained cloudy &
[7:] wet;

14 Mond Therm 6.51

1898 Novr

[8:] Light n.w. & fine,
[9:] at 8 am I came on board
[10:] the Mejidieh went alongside
[11:] to discharge; very clear
[12:] weather; I sent money to
[13:] the office & went home at 10 am
[14:] got the oorsy cleaned and
[15:] furnished & arranged for
[16:] winter & shifted furniture
[17:] & kit with the servant &
[18:] his relatives, I got awfully
[19:] tyred;

[20:] At 10 1/2 I received the
[21:] following telegram from
[22:] Paris from Alexander
[23:] it is dated the 13 (yesterday)
[24:] in which he says

[25:] "Svoboda
[26:] " Baghdad
[pg: 223]
[1:] "Before leaving obliged
[2:] "pay debts 350 priest
[3:] "Absent~

[4:] It is so confused I cannot
[5:] make out whether he
[6:] has paid his debt or he
[7:] expects me to send it to
[8:] him the 350 francs and
[9:] not to Père Pièrre because
[10:] he is absent from Paris,
[11:] and if it is only a trick
[12:] he wants to convince
[13:] me that he is leaving
[14:] but must pay his debts
[15:] first; So I sent the
[16:] following to the Carmelite
[17:] father Ferdinand
[18:] since Père Pièrre is Absent

[19:] "Pere Ferdinand
[20:] "Carmes, Passy Paris
[21:] "Antorise Père Pièrre payêr
[22:] "toutes debtes Alexandre
[23:] "Condition partant
[24:] "15 mots F 8,,65 Svoboda
[pg: 224]

[1:] Père Emmanuel had been
[2:] to see me & he concurred
[3:] with this telegram ~

[4:] I took a warm bath &
[5:] had the stove lit to warm
[6:] the bath as it is too cold

[7:] Antone Guilietti wrote
[8:] to me this evening and
[9:] says that he has wired
[10:] to Alexander today the
[11:] following

[12:] "Père disposé remplir
[13:] "tous vos désirs condition
[14:] "partir compagnie Père,
[15:] "Pièrre, obeissèz Volonté
[16:] "Cabléz, Frcs 11,45 Guilietti,
[17:] "20 words

[18:] I wrote back thanking
[19:] him & sent him one T. Lira
[20:] to take from it the cost
[21:] of the telegram ~

[22:] Johny called in the
[23:] evening for an hour

[24:] Light n.w. fine cold
[25:] weather ~
[pg: 225]

15 Tuesd Th @ 6,,50

1898

Novr

[1:] Light N.W. & fine
[2:] cold morning, at 8 am
[3:] called on Sister Medula
[4:] & then come on board,
[5:] we are discharging ;

[6:] At 10 1/2 went home, worked
[7:] in the house in arranging Kit
[8:] & furniture; Sister Emilia
[9:] called at 11, also Antone
[10:] Julietti comes with the
[11:] answer of his telegram to
[12:] Alexander which he had
[13:] sent yesterday, it went very
[14:] quick & Alexander has
[15:] answered immediately as
[16:] it is dated the 14th at 2,,10
[17:] P.M. & arrived today, it
[18:] says thus,

[19:] "Guiletti, Baghdad
[20:] "Conformerai surement
[21:] "Volonté accomplisséz;

[22:] Still he does not give any
[23:] decisive answer or say
[24:] when he is leaving;~
[pg: 226]
[1:] our departure from here
[2:] has been altered to friday
[3:] instead of Thursday, so
[4:] I did not go on board for
[5:] cargo; I went at 4 P.M.
[6:] to sister Eliza & stayed
[7:] there to dine with them,
[8:] The marriage of Regina
[9:] Sister Elizas daughter with
[10:] Duncan Alexander the
[11:] Clerk of the SS. Comet will
[12:] take place on the 27th,

[13:] At 9 P.M. I came [strikeout]
[14:] home, fine clear & cold
[15:] weather~

[16:] I bought one case of
[17:] Loaf sugar today to send
[18:] to Henry's house & to
[19:] sister Eliza's for the occasion
[20:] of the marriage of their
[21:] daughters;

16 Wed Th @ 6,,51

Delegate Altmayer & Bishop Aghnatius arrived from Mossul

1898

Novr

[22:] Light N.W. & fine
[23:] cold weather;~

[24:] I sent this morning
[pg: 227]

[1:] one Tray with 9 Loaves of
[2:] Sugar to Menusha &
[3:] a similar one to Sister
[4:] Eliza~

[5:] At 8 am I came on
[6:] board & copied in some
[7:] cargo~ At 11 I went
[8:] home & then went to call
[9:] & breakfasted at Sister
[10:] Medula & Grzesiki &
[11:] came on board at 1 P.M,
[12:] We are shipping cargo;

[13:] At 4 I went home and
[14:] then went over to Alice
[15:] & Sister Emilia to dine with
[16:] them; at 6 1/2 we heard
[17:] that the Delegate monseigneur
[18:] Altmayer & the Assyrian
[19:] Bishop Aghnatius had
[20:] arrived to the beach near
[21:] here in the steam Launch
[22:] of Kadem Pasha who had
[23:] offered her to go up & meet
[24:] them somewhere near
[25:] Fahama (Kadem Pasha's
[26:] property) I & Artin and
[pg: 228]

[1:] Johnny went at once and
[2:] met them as they entered
[3:] the house of Mr Altmayer
[4:] near Alice's house; They
[5:] had left Mossul on Wednesday
[6:] last in the Kelek, Mons
[7:] Roué also was there,
[8:] We left after 1/2 hour &
[9:] I came to Alice;~

[10:] At 9 P.M. I came home
[11:] Weather cloudy all over

17 Thursd

1898

Novr

1898

Novr

[12:] N. Erly breeze & cloudy
[13:] all over, It rained for
[14:] about 1/2 hour~

[15:] At 8 am I came on board
[16:] cloudy all over~

[17:] At 9 1/2 if begun to rain
[18:] moderately & became very
[19:] cloudy;

[20:] Antone Guilietti called on
[21:] me at 9 1/2 with a Telegram
[22:] from Alexander in answer
[23:] to his which he had
[24:] wired on the 15, telling
[pg: 229]
[1:] him that father Pièrre will
[2:] pay his debts & must wire
[3:] date of his departure;
[4:] Alexander says

[5:] "Guilietti Baghdad
[6:] "Pièrre absent, difinitive-
[7:] "ment accompagnerai
[8:] "30 régléz~ 16/11/98

[9:] After on hour I received
[10:] on board two telegrams
[11:] one is from father Ferdinand
[12:] in answer to mine
[13:] sent on Sunday, he sends
[14:] it from Tarascon, &
[15:] says

[16:] "Svoboda Baghdad
[17:] "Alexandre parti Messageries
[18:] "Beyrouth, Pièrre partira
[19:] "Decembre, Ferdinand
[20:] "16/11/98
[21:] "4,,20 P.M.

[22:] The other one from
[23:] Ibrahim Gejou from
[pg: 230]
[1:] Paris also arrived together
[2:] it is dated the 15 at 2 P.M

[3:] "Svoboda Bagdad
[4:] "Just back America
[5:] "ignorant Alexander's
[6:] "address illness humbug
[7:] "15/11/98~

[8:] This is a very confused
[9:] news I do not know which
[10:] one to believe & what became
[11:] of Père Pièrre what is
[12:] he doing & where is he?

[13:] I went home to breakfast
[14:] & returned at 1 1/2; I sent
[15:] for Isak son of Elias Gejou
[16:] & asked him if he would
[17:] wire to Ibrahim his
[18:] brother to pay Alexanders
[19:] debt, in his name, he
[20:] accepted willingly &
[21:] I then made out the
[22:] following telegram,
[pg: 231]

[1:] "Gejou
[2:] "3 Place Cambronne
[3:] "Paris
[4:] "Alexander wires indebted
[5:] "350 francs leaving
[6:] "30, remitted Père Pièrre
[7:] "200, please pay balance
[8:] "provided leaves absolutely
[9:] "23 mots Gejou
[10:] "17/11/98 F. 13,,15

[11:] Raining drizzly & very cloudy
[12:] & gloomy, Light N. Westerly
[13:] breeze;

[14:] At 5 P.M. I went home,
[15:] weather very cloudy; I had
[16:] made out a Telegram to my
[17:] wife at Basreh to tell her
[18:] that Alexander is leaving
[19:] on the 30th but the line is
[20:] not working to Basreh,

[21:] Johnny & Artin called on
[22:] me to see the telegrams
[pg: 232]
[1:] Weather kept cloudy at
[2:] night~

18 Frid

[3:] At 5 1/2 am I came on
[4:] board; clouds clearing
[5:] off but breeze is from the
[6:] East~

Baghdad to Basreh [18 NOV 1898 --- V048_13_S] (//)

1898

Novr

Passg Okes GS Piast Draft
204 1/2 75,766 21110 3/4 3,,6

[8:] At 6,,20 AM. proceeded
[9:] ship drawing 3 feet 6 Inches;
[10:] no rise of the river yet;

[11:] At 8,,45 passed Diala,
[12:] it has risen this river about
[13:] 2 feet;

[14:] At 9 passed the SS. Phrat
[15:] & Barge going up at Jaffer;

[16:] At 9,,45 we anchored at
[17:] Gusseiba & sent to sound,

[18:] At 9,,55 the S.S. Khalifah
[19:] came to pass up; I saw
[20:] Nassoory Andria his wife
[21:] & children going up for
[22:] the wedding of Yousif
[23:] Yaghchi with Louisa
[pg: 233]
[1:] daughter of my brother
[2:] Henry, on Sunday next
[3:] At 10,,15 we weighed and
[4:] proceeded; the Khalifah
[5:] had stopped further up,
[6:] apparently repairing some
[7:] thing in the Engines;~

[8:] At 11 passed Ctesiphon,
[9:] Finished with the passenger
[10:] Tickets; we have in all
[11:] 139 ½ (4 in 1st Class, one is
[12:] the Persian consul dismissed,
[13:] going to Bushire Mirza Ali
[14:] Khan, 2 persons relations
[15:] of Agha Khan to Bombay
[16:] Moolchoob Shah & an other
[17:] and Gorgi Shantab to
[18:] Basreh)~

[19:] At 4,,50 P.M. passed
[20:] Baghdadieh Fort;~

[21:] Weather clearing up &
[22:] becoming fine, moon
[23:] 4 days old;~

[24:] At 5,,50 we touched at Rmelat
[25:] & could not get passed we
[26:] anchored for the night;
[pg: 234]

[1:] Light air & cloudy weather,

[2:] At 2,,50 Am. the S.S.
[3:] Mossul & Barge passed up,

19 Saturd Th @ 6,,54

1898

Novr

[4:] At 6,,20 we left Rmelat,
[5:] Cloudy but broken;

[6:] At 7,,40 passed Azizieh
[7:] It became cloudy all over
[8:] the banks are all wet since
[9:] we left Baghdad it has
[10:] rained all over these parts,

[11:] At 1,,10 P.M. passed
[12:] Nemlah;

[13:] At 1,,35 landed 4 Passng.
[14:] at Bughela & went on
[15:] at 1,,40~

[16:] At 2,,20 anchored below
[17:] Shadi to sound further down,
[18:] a Boat here belongs to Khdeir
[19:] son of H. Ismail has sunk
[20:] She made a hole in her bottom
[21:] through her anchor, a few
[22:] days in a S. Erly wind she
[23:] was loaded with Liquorice
[24:] from Azizieh belonging
[25:] to Shamoon Daniel, they
[26:] now have got her close to the
[pg: 235]
[1:] sand bank on the west
[2:] bank & there she sunk her
[3:] stern & bow are out of the
[4:] water~

[5:] At 3,,10 we proceeded but
[6:] we grounded on a shoal and
[7:] took an anchor out astern
[8:] & hove off; took an other
[9:] anchor on the East bank
[10:] & hove her in close along the
[11:] bank & Kept dropping
[12:] down, at 5 we went on
[13:] wind shifting to west &
[14:] north, clouds disappearing,

[15:] Clouds again gathering up
[16:] & lightning on the South &
[17:] West horyzon; it became
[18:] very cloudy at 6 and
[19:] threatening bad weather;

[20:] At 6,,10 we touched at
[21:] Umel Ajaj; backed and
[22:] worked the Engines, but she
[23:] did not move took out an
[24:] anchor ahead & hove her
[25:] round; we knocked off and
[26:] remained for the night
[pg: 236]

[1:] Light S. Erly & little cloudy

[2:] At 6,,30 AM. left Umel Ajaj

20 Sund Th @ 6,,54

Louisa my niece was married with Yousif Yaghchi (see 26th)

[3:] weather dampy & fog rising
[4:] on the surface of the river,

[5:] At 9 arrived at Coot
[6:] landed 26 passengers and
[7:] 46 packages~ I received
[8:] Henry's letter & papers etc,
[9:] The Khalifah had only about
[10:] 85000 Okes & 160 passengers,
[11:] Eliza my wife also wrote to
[12:] me, she has no news from
[13:] Alexander or of his departure,
[14:] They have had lots of rain
[15:] here too, and yesterday
[16:] they say it rained in Baghdad

[17:] At 10,,10 am we left
[18:] Coot took 46 Passengers

[19:] At 2,,50 P.M. passed the SS.
[20:] Ressafah going up~

[21:] At 2,,40 passed Sheikh
[22:] Saad;~

[23:] S. Erly breeze & clouds again
[24:] begin to gather up~

[25:] At 6 P.M. landed 2
[pg: 237]
[1:] passengers at Ali Gherbi,
[2:] cloudy all over but moon
[3:] light 6 days old; took
[4:] one passenger & went on
[5:] at 6,,10, very cloudy all
[6:] over without dark;

21 Mond Th @ 6,,60

1898

Nov

[7:] At 3 AM. arrived at
[8:] Amara weather cloudy &
[9:] dark; landed 55 1/2 passengers
[10:] and 86 packages; weather
[11:] cloudy dark & slight rain;

[12:] At 5 it rained for 1/2 hour

[13:] At 6,,20 we left Amara,
[14:] Took 18 passengers (one in
[15:] 1st Class Rashid Effendi the
[16:] Mohasebchi of Amara to
[17:] Basreh)

[18:] At 10 passed Kalat Saleh
[19:] It rained for 1/4 hour & keeps
[20:] very cloudy & overcast;
[21:] Again at 10 3/4 begun to rain,
[22:] At 11 1/4 it ceased & clouds
[23:] breaking up;

[24:] At 1,,40 P.M. passed Azair
[25:] weather getting fine &
[26:] clouds disappearing
[pg: 238]

[1:] At 4,,45 P.M. anchored
[2:] off Gorna landed 14 Bags
[3:] Tobacco 3 passengers
[4:] and at 5 proceeded, very
[5:] fine & clear weather,
[6:] light S. Erly;

[7:] At 9,,35 arrived at Basreh
[8:] fine moonlight night;
[9:] the Gunboat Redbreast and
[10:] the SS. Wolf are lying here
[11:] no Belem came for me from
[12:] Rufail & it appears that they
[13:] are all asleep, I waited till
[14:] 11 o clock & then I turned
[15:] in~

22 Tuesd

1898 Nov.

[16:] Calm & cloudy all over,
[17:] We are discharging and
[18:] taking coal;~ at 8 am
[19:] Rufail’s Belem came for
[20:] me, I at once went up
[21:] (as we are leaving today)
[22:] I saw Eliza, Rufail &
[23:] Rezoki & Tooky also there,
[24:] they have no news from
[pg: 239]
[1:] Alexander & wire is broken
[2:] for the last four days,
[3:] I read to her Alexander's
[4:] letter & the telegrams etc,
[5:] Eliza wanted to go up
[6:] with me this time as she
[7:] does not feel well here,
[8:] & the dampness is too much,
[9:] but I stopped her to see,
[10:] until we hear of Alexander's
[11:] departure, they heard
[12:] from Asfar that the SS.
[13:] Parran is to leave London
[14:] on the 20th Instt; Jeboory
[15:] Asfar’s wife called to see
[16:] Eliza, thinking she was
[17:] going up; I breakfasted
[18:] with them also Yousif
[19:] Marine who came down
[20:] this morning from Shaebyeh
[21:] At 11 1/2 I left and
[22:] came on board; we are
[23:] loading cargo;

[24:] My wife Eliza came on board
[25:] at 2 P.M. Rufail Rezooki &
[26:] Rezooki Angoorly also came
[27:] afterward; we are going
[pg: 240]
[1:] to await till 8 P.M. for the
[2:] mail steamer arriving, as
[3:] the one which is in quarantine
[4:] the Simla went to make
[5:] her 10 days quarantine
[6:] & come up here, Eliza &
[7:] Rufail went at 5 PM ~

[8:] at 5 1/2 the mail steamer
[9:] arrived in quarantine, we
[10:] sent for the mails~

[11:] Weather fine & clear; at 6 it
[12:] begun to get foggy and it
[13:] got thicker; Flood tide came
[14:] at 7 P.M. we swung round,

[15:] Mail was brought up at
[16:] 9 P.M. it is the SS. Pchamba's

Basreh to Baghdad [23 NOV 1898 --- V048_14_N] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Local Draft
191 1/2 131163 11,040 4,,0

[18:] At 9,,45 P.M. we proceeded
[19:] from Basreh, Flood tide running
[20:] up, ship drawing 4 feet
[21:] Fog disappeared and became
[22:] fine, very bright N.W. air
[23:] and not cold at all,
[pg: 241]

23 Wedn. Ther @ 6.63

1898 Nov

[1:] At 2,,30 AM. passed
[2:] Gorna, Fine clear weather
[3:] and light N.W.~

[4:] At 6,,25 passed Azair
[5:] Detained few minutes at the Elbow,
[6:] the Ghumeyjeh is good there are
[7:] 4 draaz water.

[8:] Finished with the passengers
[9:] tickets. We have altogether
[10:] 132 1/2 (2 in 1 Class the widow
[11:] of the Mufty of Basreh and her
[12:] daughter) 14 of the passengers
[13:] are with through tickets from
[14:] Bushire among these there
[15:] is a Persian Woman with a 
[16:] 2d Class fare but we have none
[17:] to be let, the only one we
[18:] had the Captain has given
[19:] to the Pilot Mahmood

[20:] At 0,,40 P.M. landed one 1 
[21:] passenger at Kalet Saleh and
[22:] went on; The river looks to-
[23:] be rising~.

[24:] At 5,,30 P.M. arrived at
[25:] Amara landed 24 passengers
[26:] & Took in 10 Tons of Coal;

[27:] Mr. Guilietti is here
[pg: 242]
[1:] he came from Gorna &
[2:] is going with us to Ali
[3:] Gherbi to put to right the;
[4:] telegraph line & poles,
[5:] We have given him a cabin
[6:] to sleep & only charging
[7:] him deck fare, I asked
[8:] Capt Cowley to let him have
[9:] it.~

[10:] At 7.40 we left Amara,
[11:] Modte Cold N.W. wind
[12:] & fine, Ghadban the Sheikh
[13:] of Beni Lam has returned
[14:] to his place from Howeza
[15:] and encamped above Amara
[16:] he is coming to town tomorrow
[17:] & has paid a part of his
[18:] arrears of debt (2000 TLiras)

24 Thursd Therm @ 6. 55

[19:] Modte N.W. & fine~
[20:] At 6,,40 AM landed 9
[21:] Passengers at Ali Gherbi including
[22:] Mr. Guilietti, took one 
[23:] and went on at 6.50~
[24:] We took 39 1/2 passengers from
[25:] Amara, the
[pg: 243]
[1:] wind is blowing very sharp
[2:] and cold; it became stronger
[3:] and has to furl awnings
[4:] it is so sharp & penetrating,

[5:] At 1 P.M. passed Sheikh
[6:] Saad ~ Wind fell down a 
[7:] little but it is getting cold.

[8:] At 5,,5 P.M. passed the 
[9:] S.S. Phrart & Barge going
[10:] down at Aboo Nakhal;

[11:] At 7.50 P.M. arrived at
[12:] Coot landed 13 passengers
[13:] Took in 5 Tons of Coal;
[14:] The river has risen only about
[15:] 6 Inches in all,

[16:] At 9,,15 left Coot light
[17:] N.W. & fine cold weather;

[18:] Modte N.W. & fine cold morning,

25 Frid Therm. @ 6.49

1898 Novr

[19:] At 5,,30 am landed a 
[20:] passenger from Coot at Bughela
[21:] a man for Khdeir's sunken
[22:] Boat at Mehdi

[23:] At 5,,50 passed Memlah
[24:] Gave tickets to 18 1/2 Coot passengers
[25:] sharp cold wind
[pg: 244]

[1:] At 1,,35 P.M. passed the
[2:] S.S. Mossul & Barge going
[3:] down just at Azizieh;

[4:] At 4 passed the S.S.
[5:] Khalifah at Gutnyeh going
[6:] down, I saw Faust Lurion
[7:] on board returning back
[8:] to Vienna; I have not
[9:] seen him in Baghdad yet;

[10:] At 4,,45 passed Baghdadieh
[11:] Fort; Very light N. Wester
[12:] & fine Weather; The river
[13:] is red & turbid, it has risen
[14:] about a foot;

[15:] Detained in finding the channel
[16:] and sounding at Oweyn from
[17:] 8,,20 till 10 P.M; ~

26 Satur Th@6. 48

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[A48_245_23:069]

1898 Novr

[18:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather
[19:] at 2,,30 am passed Ctesiphon,
[20:] Detained at Gusseiba and
[21:] Jaffer ½ hour in Touching
[22:] shoal~

[23:] At 5,,20 passed Diala
[24:] At 6,,30 passed through the
[25:] Bridge of Gherrara Cut
[pg: 245]
[1:] open for us; We did not
[2:] land a man at Gherrara;

[3:] At 8,,30 Am landed the
[4:] mail at the Residency &
[5:] Went on to the Custum House,
[6:] I saw Mr. Richarz the German
[7:] Consul at his house on
[8:] passing so he has Arrived
[9:] from Europe; I went home
[10:] found no letters or telegrams
[11:] from Alexander except one
[12:] from Alois Schweger and
[13:] one from the Handelsmuseum,
[14:] about business; but Johny
[15:] sent me a Postal card from
[16:] Alexander dated the 27
[17:] Octor which arrived the day
[18:] before, he simply says that he
[19:] is leaving with Père Pièrre
[20:] on the 15th Novr;~ The S.S.
[21:] Ressafah is here alongside
[22:] discharging~

[23:] I called on Sister Medula
[24:] she related to me about the
[25:] marriage of Louisa daughter
[26:] of Henry with Yousif Yaghchi
[27:] on Sunday last the
[28:] 20th Inst~ I received an
[29:] invitation from Yaghchies
[pg: 246]
[1:] to breakfast with them
[2:] tomorrow, but wrote back
[3:] excusing myself~
[4:] At 4 P.M. I called on Henry’s
[5:] wife Menusha for an
[6:] hour & came home;
[7:] Johny & Artin called on
[8:] me till 7 P.M.;

[9:] Light N.W. & fine Weather,

27 Sund.

Mr. C Richarz arrived on 18th as German Consul

[A48_247_10:070]

[10:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[11:] morning, at 9 am Went to
[12:] Church & then called with
[13:] Artin my nephew on Antone
[14:] Marine, Abduljebbar the
[15:] Lawyer Asfar, the Bishop
[16:] Aghnatius (but was not at
[17:] home) on Abboods, Sister
[18:] Medula; and at 2 P.m.
[19:] called on Sister Eliza, on
[20:] Monseigneur Altmayer
[21:] (but was not at home) and
[22:] on Mr. Richarz who arrived
[23:] here on Friday the 18th by
[24:] Aleppo & Deir from his
[25:] Vogaye to Europe since Feby
[26:] last having left Baghdad
[pg: 247]

[1:] I then called on Alice & Emilia
[2:] & had to leave them after a
[3:] very disgusting quarrel they
[4:] got up with me about some
[5:] stupid & false report supposed
[6:] to have been spoken by my
[7:] Wife Eliza to Mrs. Cowley etc,
[8:] I came home, Antone Marine
[9:] called on me till 7 P.M.

[10:] Today the new large
[11:] Chaldean Church was
[12:] consacreted, a large Ceremony
[13:] was performed by the
[14:] Patriarch Abd Ysho &
[15:] the Monseigneur Altmayer
[16:] the Assyrian Bishop &
[17:] the Chaldean Bishop of
[18:] Kerkook; the French Consul
[19:] Mr. Rouèt was also there;

[20:] Light N.W. & fine Weather

28 Mond.

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1898 Novr

[21:] Light N.W. & fine,
[22:] at 8 am I called on Menusha
[23:] she took ill yesterday with
[24:] her Old Complaint the
[25:] Gravel & Dr. Sturock of
[26:] the English Missionary
[27:] is attending her;
[pg: 248]
[1:] at 9 I came on board
[2:] The river has been rising
[3:] since yesterday morning
[4:] it rose altogether about
[5:] 2 feet; The Ressafah
[6:] is still inside;~

[7:] I went to the Office for some
[8:] money & came home at
[9:] 11 ½~ I took a warm
[10:] bath & remained at home

29 Tuesd Th@ 6. 44

[11:] Light N.W. & cold morning
[12:] & fine weather;

[13:] The SS. Ressafah left
[14:] at 6 Am;

[15:] At 8 I came on board
[16:] Paid the ship’s company their
[17:] wages for this month;
[18:] The Mejidieh is discharging

[19:] At 11 I went home, called
[20:] on Eliza & Adoola my cousins,
[21:] also on Père Emmanuel,
[22:] he has no news of the departure
[23:] of Père Pièrre & Alexander,
[24:] & the Baluchistan leave
[25:] Marseilles today or tomorrow
[26:] as Yousif Asfar told
[pg: 249]
[1:] me today, he has received
[2:] a telegram from Nessoory
[3:] Sayegh saying so;
[4:] I called in the afternoon on
[5:] Sister Medula, there came
[6:] Monseigneur Altmayer,
[7:] & Père Augustin~ At 5
[8:] P.M. I went over to Sister
[9:] Eliza & dined with them,
[10:] at 9 came hone;

[11:] Fine Clear weather & light
[12:] N.W. breeze~

30 Wedne Th@ 6. 46

1898 Decr

[13:] Light N.W. breeze & fine
[14:] weather; at 8 Am called
[15:] on Menusha, she is still
[16:] suffering from pain of the
[17:] Kidneys, & the gravel;

[18:] Rosa daughter of Antone
[19:] Marine has had the small
[20:] Pox since Sunday, but
[21:] it appears to be mild,
[22:] At 9 I came on board,
[23:] We are discharging Cargo,

[24:] The river fell about 1 foot
[25:] but is still good the late rise
[26:] having got up about 4
[27:] feet;

[28:] I went home & breakfasted
[pg: 250]

[1:] At 2 P.M. came on board,
[2:] We are shipping cargo;
[3:] At 4 ½ went home, I called
[4:] on Sister Medula to dine
[5:] with her. Johny came there
[6:] & he dined also with us, at
[7:] 9 we left & I came home;
[8:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[9:] Weather;

1st Thursd Th@ 6. 45

[10:] Light N.W. & fine cold morning
[11:] at 8 Am. I came on board,
[12:] we are shipping cargo~
[13:] The river is falling a little

[14:] At 11 ½ went to breakfast
[15:] & returned at 12 ½;;
[16:] We shipped a good lot of
[17:] Cargo~ At 5 I went home
[18:] Johny & Artin called on me
[19:] till 6 ½~ Light N.W. air
[20:] & fine weather;

2d Frid Th@ 6. 37

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[21:] Light N.W. & fine Weather

[22:] At 6 AM. I came on
[23:] board~ Very calm and
[24:] fine weather;
[pg: 251]

Baghdad to Basreh [2 DEC 1898 --- V048_15_N] (//)

1898 Decr

Passeng Okes G. S. Piast Draft
192 1/2 87,373,, 20,181 1/2 3,,7

[1:] At 6,,30 Am we proceeded
[2:] Weather very mild & not so
[3:] cold at all;~ It became
[4:] quite cold after we got
[5:] underway & the Thermometer
[6:] went down to 37 outside
[7:] my cabin;

[8:] At 8,,35 passed Diala
[9:] River;

[10:] At 10 passed Ctesiphon,
[11:] Finished with the passengers
[12:] tickets; We have in all 147
[13:] (4 in 1st Class, Père Scheil
[14:] a Dominican father and
[15:] an Archeolgue, who was here
[16:] four years ago in the digging
[17:] of Aboo Habba by Bedry
[18:] Beg for the Turkish Government,
[19:] and now going to Shushter
[20:] to join the french excavators
[21:] under their head [crossout] Monsr
[22:] De Morgan who was the
[23:] Keeper of the Egyptian
[24:] Museum at Cairo and
[25:] a friend of my late brother
[pg: 252]
[1:] Alexander,~ also we
[2:] have Jemil son of Elias Serkis
[3:] and Solon son of Calothi
[4:] both in one Cabin, and
[5:] Nessoory Andrea returning
[6:] to Basreh with a free
[7:] Return passage by Lynch
[8:] Brothers himself and a
[9:] servant woman)~

[10:] At 1,,50 P.M. passed the
[11:] SS. Khalifah going up at
[12:] the lower end of Dawer reach;

[13:] At 3,,20 passed Baghdadieh
[14:] Fort;

[15:] At 5,,20 passed Azizieh;
[16:] Fine clear weather, moon 18
[17:] days old; we have not been
[18:] aground or touched anywhere;

[19:] At 7,,30 anchored for the
[20:] night at Shedeif~

3d Satur Th@ 6, 42

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1898 Decr

[21:] Light N.W. & fine Weather

[22:] At 6,,15 Am. proceeded
[23:] from Shedeif~

[24:] At 9,,15 passed Nemlah
[25:] At 10,,15 had to anchor
[pg: 253]
[1:] at Mehdi to sound, the
[2:] rise having upset the Channel
[3:] & we touched just near
[4:] the sunken Boat of Khdeir
[5:] who is here trying to get
[6:] her up with the aid of
[7:] two empty Boats~

[8:] At 10,,45 We Weighed
[9:] & proceeded;

[10:] At 2,,20 P.M. arrived at
[11:] Coot, landed 27 passengers
[12:] and 34 Packages; I received
[13:] Henry’s letter, also one from
[14:] my Wife, she does not feel
[15:] Well on account of the dampness
[16:] at Basreh & Wishes to come
[17:] back with me; Jeboory Asar
[18:] has told Rufail on Saturday
[19:] last, that Strick had wired
[20:] to him about Alexander’s
[21:] passage if it is to be paid
[22:] at Basreh & he answered
[23:] him that he has received
[24:] his passage already, we
[25:] do not know whether
[26:] he is coming in the SS.
[27:] Baluchistan Which has
[28:] left Marseilles on about
[pg: 254]
[1:] the 29th Ulto, as Yousif Asfar
[2:] had told me so in Baghdad,
[3:] The Khalifah had about
[4:] 150 passengers & 122000 Okes

[5:] At 3,,5 We left Coot;
[6:] Took 17 passengers (one in
[7:] 1st Class Abbass el Ali
[8:] going to the Haj to make a
[9:] pilgrimage)~

[10:] At 7,,15 passed Sheikh
[11:] Saad;~ At 7,,20 anchored
[12:] at the top of Aboo Dood for
[13:] the night, took 2 passengers
[14:] came from Sheikh Saad~
[15:] We have caught the rise
[16:] of the river, it has not fallen
[17:] yet here~ Fine clear weather

4 Sund Th@ 6. 45

[A48_255_08:077]

[18:] Light N.W. & fine weather

[19:] At 6 AM. We proceeded,
[20:] At 7,,20 passed the SS. Phrat
[21:] & Barge going up;

[22:] At 8,,50 landed 2 passengers
[23:] at Ali Gherbi & took one and
[24:] went on at 8,,55~

[25:] At 4,,55 P.M. arrived at
[pg: 255]
[1:] Amara landed 63 Packges
[2:] and 30 passengers~ We
[3:] took 4 Tons of Coal &
[4:] it took a long time to get
[5:] it on board,~

[6:] At 6,,55 We left Amara;
[7:] Light N.W. & fine clear weather

[8:] We have the Reîs of the Sennyeh,
[9:] going down with us to Kalat
[10:] Saleh, he slept in the cabin of
[11:] Abbass el Ali who offered him
[12:] his cabin by Captain Cowley’s
[13:] Consent & paid 2 Mejidees (double
[14:] deck passage, his name
[15:] is Mahomed Rafik Beg~

[16:] At 8,,10 We anchored above
[17:] Aboo Sedra for the night;

5 Mond Th@ 6. 42

1898 Decr

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[A48_257_14:079]

[18:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[19:] weather~

[20:] At 6 Am left; gave
[21:] tickets to 25 ½ Amara passengers
[22:] At 8,,10 landed the Reis of Sennyeh
[23:] & his 2 attendants at Kalat
[24:] Saleh & went on at 8,,15

[25:] Detained at the Elbow in
[26:] dropping down from 9,,50
[27:] till 10,,10 and again
[pg: 256]
[1:] We stopped just below the
[2:] Elbow & made fast
[3:] along the West bank
[4:] to await for the SS.
[5:] Mossul coming up, she
[6:] had stopped also about
[7:] two miles distant from
[8:] us to await for us to
[9:] pass down as the rule
[10:] is, but we did not go &
[11:] so had to await until
[12:] she at last had moved up
[13:] & passed us at 11, We
[14:] hove & proceeded at
[15:] 11,,15 this is a thing I
[16:] never saw before;

[17:] At 0,,30 P.M. passed Azair
[18:] At 3,,30 landed 4 passengers
[19:] & 7 packages at Gorna
[20:] & went on at 3,,35~

[21:] At 8,,10 P.M. arrived at
[22:] Basreh; The Gunboat
[23:] Redbreast here, and the
[24:] Mail St Patna is in
[25:] Quarantine as well as
[pg: 257]
[1:] the Arabistan which arrived
[2:] four days ago, there are
[3:] Yacoob Essayi & his Wife
[4:] on board coming from Port
[5:] Said, also Mr. Heyns the
[6:] American excavator of
[7:] Nuffar & his family, they
[8:] will have to complete their
[9:] 10 days Quarantine

[10:] I went up to Rufail’s &
[11:] saw my wife Eliza, Rufail
[12:] & Rezooki there, there
[13:] is no news of Alexander’s
[14:] departure, Although the
[15:] Baluchistan has left
[16:] Marseilles on the 28 Ulto
[17:] as Jeboory had told them,
[18:] Nessoory Andrea also
[19:] came with me & he slept
[20:] there;

7th [6th?] Tuesd.

1898

Decr

[21:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[22:] morning; I had tea &
[23:] breakfasted with them
[24:] Yousif Marine also came
[25:] down; At 10 ½ I came
[26:] on board & called on
[pg: 258]
[1:] my way for few minutes
[2:] at Jeboory Asfar, he
[3:] told me that he is going
[4:] to wire to Saunièr at
[5:] Marseilles asking him
[6:] to let him know if
[7:] Svoboda is in the Arabistan
[8:] & will wire to me in
[9:] Baghdad the answer;

[10:] We are discharging &
[11:] loading & will leave
[12:] this evening;~

[13:] Eliza came to me on board
[14:] & spent the day in my cabin,
[15:] also Rufail came & Rezooki
[16:] Angoorly; Jeboory Asfar
[17:] wrote to me that he has
[18:] wired to Saunièr Marseilles
[19:] enquiring about Alexander’s
[20:] departure in the Baluchistan
[21:] & will wire to me the
[22:] answer;

[23:] The Arabistan will leave
[24:] Basreh on Saturday next
[25:] chartered for Kurachi;
[pg: 259]

[1:] Eliza & Rufail left me
[2:] at 5 P.M; we got the mails,
[3:] and at 7 P.M. finished the
[4:] loading of cargo, having
[5:] loaded her down to 4,,2;
[6:] weather very calm & fine;

Basreh to Baghdad (//) SS. Mejidieh Voy 379; [7 DEC 1898 --- V048_16_S] (//)

7th Wedn Th@6.41

1898

Decr

Passng Okes GSP. Local Draft
132 1/2 171,595 10,946 1/2 4,,2

[9:] At 8 P.M. we left Basreh
[10:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather,
[11:] Flood tide with us, it had
[12:] made since 6 P.M;

[13:] At 1,,20 am passed Gorna
[14:] At 2 anchored on account of
[15:] fog~ At 6,,45 proceeded

[16:] Finished with the passengers
[17:] tickets, We have in all 79 ½
[18:] (one in 1st Class Gorgi Shantob)
[19:] 11 deck are Persians with
[20:] through tickets from Bushire,

[21:] At 10,,25 passed Azair,

[22:] Detained ½ hour in the
[pg: 260]
[1:] narrow bends etc~

[2:] At 4,,30 P.M. passed
[3:] Katat Saleh;

[4:] At 8.50 arrived at Amara
[5:] landed 13 ½ passengers and
[6:] 10 Bales of through Bombay
[7:] cargo, Took 100 Loads of Coal
[8:] & some tins of ghee~

[9:] At 11,,10 left Amara,
[10:] light N.W. & fine cold weather

8 Thursd Th@6.39

[11:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[12:] weather; Gave tickets to
[13:] 30 ½ Amara passengers;

[14:] At 9,,30 passed Ali Gherbi
[15:] there is fall in the river of about
[16:] ½ foot here;

[17:] At 2 P.M. passed Sheikh
[18:] Saad;

[19:] At 8,,10 P.M. arrived at
[20:] Coot landed 9 ½ passengers,
[21:] Took in 5 loads Tons of Coal;
[22:] cold weather & fine;

[23:] At 9.30 we left Coot;
[24:] Fine clear & Cold weather

9 Frid Th@6.38

1898

[25:] At 1 am detained at Um=
[26:] el Ajaj in shoal water
[pg: 261]
[1:] for about ½ hour; also
[2:] at Mehdi for about 2 hours,
[3:] grounded & took out an
[4:] anchor & hove off,

[5:] At 7 am passed Memlah
[6:] very fine clear weather &
[7:] cold N.W. breeze; gave
[8:] tickets to 22 ½ Coot passengers
[9:] (including 2 ½ from Mehdi;
[10:] being Khdeir son of Haji
[11:] Ismail who has not been
[12:] able to save his sunken
[13:] Boat on the sand bank)

[14:] At 2.10 detained in shoal
[15:] water just below Azizieh
[16:] for 10 minutes ~

[17:] At 2,,20 P.M. passed
[18:] Azizieh Village;

[19:] At 4,,40 passed the
[20:] SS. Khalifah going down
[21:] at the top of Gutnyeh;

[22:] At 5,,30 passed Baghdadieh
[23:] Fort, Light N.W. & fine
[24:] weather ~;
[25:] Touched at several places &
[26:] backed & went on;
[pg: 262]

10 Satur Th@6.34

Decr

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1898

Decr

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[A48_265_06:082]

1898

Decr

[1:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[2:] At 1 am passed Ctesiphon
[3:] Detained at Gusseiba about
[4:] ½ hour in touching
[5:] shoals & backing~.

[6:] At 4,,30 Diala river,
[7:] met the Boat of the Mossul
[8:] which had got adrift &
[9:] they asked us to tow them
[10:] up, we took her in tow
[11:] and met the Mossul at
[12:] Dedewyeh on her way
[13:] up & cast her with her
[14:] crew; Passed the Bridge
[15:] of Gherrarah at 5 ½

[16:] Light N.W. & cold weather
[17:] At 8.10 landed the mails
[18:] at the Residency & went
[19:] to the Custom House,
[20:] the SS. Phrat is here discharging

[21:] I went home, my servant
[22:] Meekha gave me a letter
[23:] from Alexander dated the
[24:] 11 Nover; there is nothing
[25:] decided in it, he only
[pg: 263]
[1:] complains of Johnys letters
[2:] to him in which he had
[3:] given him all the advises
[4:] & councils & told him that
[5:] his complaints & illness
[6:] are lies & humbugs, and
[7:] Alexander insists that
[8:] they are all true, & hopes
[9:] if he leaves he will try
[10:] & accompany Père Pierre
[11:] & all these sorts of non=
[12:] sence which made me
[13:] so sorry; as I got
[14:] occupied in cleaning
[15:] & arranging our big
[16:] sitting room etc, with
[17:] the servants, at about
[18:] 9 am I received an other
[19:] large registered letter
[20:] brought by the Post man
[21:] on its envelope was written
[22:] in french & Arabic that
[23:] on no account must
[24:] this letter be delivered
[25:] to any other person
[26:] except into my proper
[pg: 264]
[1:] hands, it is dated the
[2:] 13thNovr from Alexander
[3:] in answer to my long
[4:] letter of the 12 Octor which
[5:] I had sent from Basreh
[6:] & kept a copy; it is about
[7:] 4 sheets a most fearful
[8:] one he complains of himself
[9:] and confesses of all that
[10:] I have written to him to be
[11:] true & that he has betrayed
[12:] me, & he is mad & has lost
[13:] his sense & so on and
[14:] does not say a word about
[15:] his leaving, I was so
[16:] awfully struck down from
[17:] sorrow & grief that I
[18:] felt unable to walk or
[19:] do anything I was trembling
[20:] & weeping, my knees
[21:] got shaky & powerless,
[22:] I became miserable,
[23:] while I was reading
[24:] the letter, Père Emmanuel
[25:] called on me, with a very
[26:] sorrow face and gave
[pg: 265]
[1:] me a card from Père Pierre
[2:] from Paris dated the 7th
[3:] Novr he writes to me &
[4:] says that Scander came
[5:] to bid him his last farewell
[6:] & told him that he was
[7:] going to leave by the
[8:] Messagerie via Beyrout
[9:] so as to be here by Christmas
[10:] & before him, & so he
[11:] requires 250 frcs for his
[12:] expences to travel with
[13:] and Pièrre gave it to him
[14:] & obtained a receipt,
[15:] and so the stupid Pièrre
[16:] let him go & paid the
[17:] money against my
[18:] express order in the
[19:] telegrams that he is only
[20:] to pay him on condition
[21:] that he must accompany
[22:] him, he played Père
[23:] Pierre also an other trick
[24:] & got 450 frcs in all
[25:] from him; I was
[pg: 266]
[1:] mad from sorrow and
[2:] grief, I am sure now
[3:] that Alexander is not
[4:] with father Pièrre, and
[5:] that he is & remains still
[6:] in Paris and in his letter
[7:] he tells me that he is
[8:] mad & thretens to
[9:] commit suicide and
[10:] will never be able to see
[11:] us any more; ~ I passed
[12:] a most miserable time
[13:] in my house, Antone
[14:] & Johny called on me
[15:] they red the letters, and
[16:] they were astonished at
[17:] his writing & were very
[18:] vexed for such a mis=
[19:] behavior ~

[20:] The Mossul came up at
[21:] about 11 am ~

11 Sund

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1898

Decr

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1898

[22:] Light air & fine weather,
[23:] at 8 ½ am called on
[24:] Antone Marine to take
[25:] him to Church; Rosa
[pg: 267]
[1:] his daughter about 18 years
[2:] old had the small Pox
[3:] very badly & she is getting
[4:] better, she is confined in
[5:] a closed room by herself

[6:] We went to church &
[7:] there I called on the Bishop
[8:] Aghnatius, but was not
[9:] there; I called on Menusha
[10:] Henry’s wife she is still
[11:] suffering from the gravel
[12:] I called on Medula and
[13:] on Yacoob Pehlewan’s
[14:] family, & then went to
[15:] breakfast with Medula
[16:] as I could not stay at
[17:] home from the sorrow
[18:] at Alexander’s doings
[19:] & am constantly weeping

[20:] I feared that Ibrahim
[21:] Gejou may advance
[22:] him some money as per
[23:] my telegram to him on
[24:] the 17 Novr; so I sent
[25:] the following telegram
[pg: 268]
[1:] at noon today to him

[2:] Gejou
[3:] 3 Place Cambronne
[4:] Paris
[5:] Don’t advance money
[6:] Alexander since not
[7:] left with Pièrre
[8:] 11 Decr 98 Svoboda
[9:] Frcs 8.65

[10:] I went to see Sister Eliza
[11:] then were Sister Emilia &
[12:] all of them are preparing
[13:] for wedding of Regina
[14:] with Duncan Alexander
[15:] the Clerk of the Comet,
[16:] tomorrow at 9 am. The
[17:] house is decorated with
[18:] flags & green date branches
[19:] and preparations getting
[20:] ready; Cards printed
[21:] in Gold letters are sent round
[22:] to many people inviting
[23:] them; I left & called
[24:] on Mons Rouet the french
[25:] Consul living in Blockey’s
[pg: 269]
[1:] house; we talked about
[2:] Alexander & I told him
[3:] that I intend to take
[4:] some steps to get him sent
[5:] out here through our
[6:] Austrian Ambassador
[7:] in Paris, since he is still
[8:] a minor & he has nearly
[9:] ruined me in money
[10:] & health, he agreed with
[11:] me on this measure &
[12:] told me to talk to Mr.
[13:] Richarz & ask him to do it
[14:] but it must go through
[15:] the channel of the Austrian
[16:] Consul General of Beyrout
[17:] and he is going to see
[18:] also Mr. Richarz & will
[19:] talk with him on this
[20:] subject; I came home
[21:] at 4 ~ Went to dîne
[22:] with Sister Medula
[23:] and returned at 9 Pm,
[24:] weather unsettled &
[25:] wind shifting to East
[pg: 270]

12 Mond

Decr

Regina daughter of Sister Eliza was married today

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1898 Decr 13 Tuesd.

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1898 Decr

[A48_276_12:092]

[1:] Ely wind & clouds are
[2:] gathering sign of bad
[3:] weather coming;

[4:] At 8 ½ am I went to
[5:] Sister Eliza’s house for
[6:] the wedding of her daughter
[7:] Regina, but feel so very
[8:] unwell weak & very
[9:] sad about Alexander’s
[10:] doings, he is killing me,
[11:] the tears always running
[12:] down my eyes; Many
[13:] people came & at 9 ½
[14:] we all went to the house
[15:] of Monsigneur Altmayer
[16:] to his Chapel where
[17:] he performed the ceremony
[18:] short & simple and
[19:] we then all left and
[20:] went to the British Residency
[21:] where Mayor Melville
[22:] the Officiating Consul
[23:] made out the Certificates
[24:] of marriage and
[pg: 271]
[1:] both husband & wife
[2:] had to sign them, the
[3:] husband M. Duncan
[4:] Alexander having turned
[5:] a Roman Catholic,
[6:] we then went to my
[7:] sister Eliza’s house and
[8:] all the invited party were
[9:] there they had Champagne
[10:] & cakes; there were about
[11:] 50 persons, the Comets
[12:] people Capt Cooper &
[13:] the Chief & 2d Engineer,
[14:] Mr. & Mrs. Bottomly, Alfred
[15:] Holland, Mr. Hall & wife,
[16:] Dr. Zakhur, Selman Durion
[17:] & wife, Grzesiki & sister
[18:] Medula & many others,

[19:] I came on board at
[20:] 10 ½ sent money to the
[21:] office; and I then
[22:] sent the following
[23:] telegram to my wife
[pg: 272]
[1:] Eliza in Basreh

[2:] Sayegh
[3:] " Basreh
[4:] "Alexander not coming
[5:] "tell mother prepare
[6:] "return Svoboda
[7:] "12/12/98

[8:] At 12 I went over to
[9:] Sister Eliza & found all
[10:] the people there making
[11:] merry, the Jewish music
[12:] or Brass band & the
[13:] Tabul playing, they
[14:] danced & did all sorts
[15:] of amusements; but
[16:] the people were sorry
[17:] to see me in this state
[18:] of grief I was in, not
[19:] even at the table could
[20:] I keep myself from weaping,

[21:] If it had not been
[22:] for the sake of my sister
[23:] Eliza who is our eldest
[24:] sister I would not
[pg: 273]
[1:] have gone;

[2:] At 4 P.M. I left them
[3:] & came home; Mr.
[4:] Richarz came to me
[5:] and I explained everything
[6:] about Alexander &
[7:] asked him to take that
[8:] step & get him sent out
[9:] by force through our
[10:] ambassador in Paris,
[11:] he concurred with me
[12:] in the matter, and was
[13:] just going to see M. Rouet
[14:] & dîne with hîm and
[15:] will also talk & consider
[16:] the way for doing it,
[17:] & if I call on hîm tomorrow
[18:] to give him the address
[19:] of Alexander & any
[20:] other information on
[21:] the matter; ~

[22:] I called on Antone Marine
[23:] for an hour & returned at 7
[24:] S. Ely wind & cloudy weather
[pg: 274]

1898 Decr 13 Tuesd

[1:] Strong S. Ely wind & cloudy
[2:] all over dusty & thretening
[3:] weather, at 8 am I came
[4:] on board, the mejidieh went
[5:] alongside to discharge, the
[6:] SS. Phrat left at 6 am

[7:] At 10 am I called on Mr.
[8:] Richarz, son also Dr. Hesse
[9:] his chancellier who took
[10:] in writing all the affair of
[11:] Alexander, his birth, place
[12:] of abode in Paris as well as
[13:] that of Ibrahim Gejou should
[14:] in case the Austrian Consul
[15:] General is not able to find
[16:] him also about the woman
[17:] he keeps called Marie
[18:] Marguerite Derisbourg
[19:] & how he went to Vienna
[20:] in May, & the woman followed
[21:] him there & his sudden
[22:] departure with her to Paris
[23:] & begging the Austrian
[24:] Consul General to send
[25:] him under surveillance
[26:] to Marseilles & get him
[pg: 275]
[1:] embarked in one of the Anglo
[2:] Arabian & Persian S N. Copy
[3:] through the Agent Saunièr
[4:] & given in charge of the
[5:] captain, & I enclose for
[6:] the Consul a cheque for
[7:] 300 frcs for his expenses
[8:] to Marseilles whence his
[9:] passage is paid to Basreh
[10:] and all what was requisite
[11:] & they asked to send them
[12:] my Passport to see in
[13:] which place it was
[14:] written, & to come tomorrow
[15:] & sign this protocol, &
[16:] pay the fee of 1/2 T Lira,
[17:] the cheque I am to take
[18:] from the Ottoman Bank;

[19:] I left at 11 3/4 came home
[20:] had my breakfast &
[21:] came on board took
[22:] my Passport & money &
[23:] went to the Ottoman
[24:] Bank & obtained a cheque
[25:] payable to the Austro Hungarian
[pg: 276]
[1:] Consul General for 300 Frcs
[2:] & sent it to Dr. Hesse to
[3:] enclose it in the letter,
[4:] I met Isak Gejou who was
[5:] coming on board to see
[6:] me & he has received a
[7:] letter from his brother Ibrahim
[8:] from Paris of the 18th who
[9:] in which he tells him that
[10:] Rezooki Korkis had sent
[11:] him the 15 £ Stg in order
[12:] to pay Alexander's expenses
[13:] & passage to Marseilles,
[14:] & he obtained for him a
[15:] ticket for the Train &
[16:] the Balance he obtained
[17:] a Bill on Marseilles to cash
[18:] it there; but Alexander
[19:] afterward tore up the
[20:] ticket, & cashed the
[21:] money in Paris on a
[22:] discount of some 10% &
[23:] did not start & Ishak
[24:] gave me a letter to read
[pg: 277]
[1:] which Ibrahim had written
[2:] to Alexander dated the
[3:] 25 Augt in which he advises
[4:] him to give up all these
[5:] foolishness & part from
[6:] that woman & go to Baghdad
[7:] and many other good
[8:] councils, which letter I
[9:] took a copy of ~

[10:] At 5 P.M. I went to dine
[11:] with Antone Marine
[12:] Père Emmanuel was there
[13:] I came home at 8 1/2
[14:] Blowing strong S. Ely
[15:] & cloudy, very few drops
[16:] of rain came down;

14 Wedn.

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1898 Decr

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[17:] Fresh S. Ely Wind and
[18:] cloudy; at 8 am. I
[19:] came on board;
[20:] we are discharging cargo,

[21:] At 10 1/2 I went over to
[22:] Mr. Richarz, & Dr. Hesse
[23:] had copied out my application
[24:] to the Austro Hungarian
[25:] Consul General of Paris
[pg: 278]
[1:] in the way of a Protocol
[2:] regarding Alexander
[3:] to be sent out by Order
[4:] of Government, and I
[5:] had to sign it & then Mr.
[6:] Richarz, signed under it
[7:] after certifying the document
[8:] as true made out before
[9:] him; it is dated today
[10:] & will be sent tomorrow
[11:] by the Damascus mail
[12:] through the Austrian
[13:] Consul General of Beyrouth
[14:] and I paid them 1/2 Lira
[15:] as fees: ~ I then called
[16:] on Monseigneur Altmayer
[17:] & related to him all
[18:] that P. Pîèrre & Alexander
[19:] wrote to me, & told him
[20:] what I had done through
[21:] the German Consul &
[22:] requested him to write
[23:] to Cardinal Richarz
[24:] in Paris to assist &
[pg: 279]
[1:] use his influence to get my
[2:] son liberated from this
[3:] bitch of a girl to whom he
[4:] is in love, & that she is an
[5:] illegitimate Belgian
[6:] woman from the Streets
[7:] he promised to write to
[8:] him tomorrow, & also to
[9:] Père Henri at Argeuil
[10:] to come & see him & speak
[11:] to Alexander;

[12:] I came home at 11 1/2 it is
[13:] dropping a little & blowing
[14:] strong ; I took breakfast
[15:] and came on board to
[16:] work, we are shipping
[17:] cargo ~

[18:] At 1 P.M. it rained for
[19:] 15 minutes & still blowing
[20:] strong & Ely ~

[21:] I wrote out three letters
[22:] dated tomorrow for the
[23:] Damascus Post, one
[24:] to Alexander, one to
[25:] Ibrahim Gejou and one
[26:] to Rezooki Korkis, Copies
[pg: 280]
[1:] of which I have kept

[2:] At 4 1/2 P.M. I went home,
[3:] and thence I called on
[4:] sister Medula &
[5:] dined, Artin my nephew
[6:] also came & dined with us
[7:] Medula tells me that
[8:] Antoine Juilietti had been
[9:] at her & tells that he
[10:] has also received a letter
[11:] from Alexander by this
[12:] Post, a short one & he seems
[13:] to be dissatisfied with what
[14:] Antoine had wired to him
[15:] on the 14 & 15 Ulto, & tells
[16:] him that it seems he has
[17:] also gone in accord to his
[18:] parents wishes etc etc;

[19:] I left at 8 1/2 & came
[20:] home, wind fell down and
[21:] began to clear up;

15 Tursd Therm @ 6.46

1898 Decr

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[A48_283_08:097]

1898 Decr

[22:] Light S. Ely & fine weather
[23:] no clouds to be seen
[24:] at 8 1/2 am I came on board
[25:] The Mossul & Barge went
[26:] inside to discharge &
[pg: 281]
[1:] we are loading over them
[2:] The river is as low as before

[3:] at 10 it began to get cloudy,
[4:] at 11 1/2 went home to breakfast
[5:] & sent my letters to the Post
[6:] Office to Ibrahim Gejou including
[7:] one for Alexander to R. Korkis
[8:] London & to the news paper
[9:] offices of the St Leclair in
[10:] Paris for a subscription;

[11:] at 12 1/2 I came on board
[12:] worked hard, we shipped
[13:] a lot of Cargo but not heavy
[14:] we took 81,000 Okes,

[15:] At 5 P.M. I went home,
[16:] Johny & Artin came,
[17:] the Damascus mail
[18:] arrived at 3 P.M.; I
[19:] had to send my servant to
[20:] the Post Carrier for letters
[21:] but he only brought me
[22:] one letter from Schweiger
[23:] Vienna, none from
[24:] Alexander ~ Père
[25:] Emmanuel called on
[26:] me, with a letter from
[pg: 282]
[1:] Père Pièrre dated the 21st
[2:] Novr from Montpellièr
[3:] he has not left yet & will
[4:] not leave before the end
[5:] of this month by the Turkistan
[6:] Alexander has again
[7:] played a trick to Pièrre
[8:] & got from him 200 frcs
[9:] more, Pièrre says that
[10:] Alexander had sent him
[11:] on the 7th a receipt for 50 Frcs
[12:] which he was still in want
[13:] of & Pièrre thinking that
[14:] Alexander must have
[15:] left Paris by that time
[16:] as he had told him before so,
[17:] he therefore annulled
[18:] the receipt & wrote on the
[19:] back of it to Alexander
[20:] & sent it to the fathers here
[21:] which they gave me just
[22:] now; But Pièrre says
[23:] in his letter to the fathers
[pg: 283]
[1:] that he was surprised
[2:] when he received a letter
[3:] from Alexander from
[4:] Parîs, dated the 12th and
[5:] asking him to advance
[6:] him 200 frcs more, &
[7:] Pièrre like a fool sent
[8:] him the money, it is new
[9:] already 650 frcs that
[10:] Pièrre has given Alexander
[11:] But ought to know well
[12:] that my telegrams to
[13:] him expressly say that
[14:] he is only to advance
[15:] him on condition that
[16:] he should accompany
[17:] him; I am awfully vexed
[18:] and sorrow at what
[19:] Pere Pièrre has been
[20:] doing and all my work
[21:] with him proved fruitless,

[22:] I therefore made out the
[23:] following telegram to him
[pg: 284]
[1:] to Montpellier, since he
[2:] is still there; ~

[3:] " Père Pièrre
[4:] " Couvent Carmes
[5:] " Montpellier
[6:] " Dépéches Autorise
[7:] "avancer argent Alexander
[8:] "condition vous accompagne
[9:] "déplore, encore Paris,
[10:] "déployèz votre activité mêmes
[11:] "necessaire Allèr Paris,
[12:] "N'avancèz plus ~
[13:] "27 mots Svoboda
[14:] 16/12/98

[15:] I gave it to Johny to be sent
[16:] tomorrow morning; &
[17:]

[18:] Light S. Ely & fine
[19:] weather ~
[pg: 285]

16 Frid

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[1:] At 5 am I came on board
[2:] Fine weather & very light
[3:] air from S. Est;

Baghdad to Basreh [16 DEC 1898 --- V048_17_S] (//)

Passg Okes GS. Piast Draft
139 80,909 16,783 1/2 3,,6

[5:] At 6.15 am we proceeded
[6:] S. Ely breeze but fine cold
[7:] weather; At 8,30 passed
[8:] Diala river;

[9:] At 9,,20 anchored at Gusseiba
[10:] to sound; at 11 Pilot returned
[11:] having marked the channel, we
[12:] weighed & proceeded on to it,
[13:] and grounded; Took anchors
[14:] out & hove ~ At 1,,20 P.M. we
[15:] got off & proceeded~ weather
[16:] fine & wind from n. Wester

[17:] Finished with the passengers
[18:] tickets we have altogether
[19:] 86 1/2 (4 in 1st class the Persian
[20:] Consul Mirza Ali Naki Khan
[21:] of Baghdad, a Mahomedan
[22:] Mahmood Effendi; a christian
[23:] boy Yousif Demyanes, and
[24:] the wife of Khdeir ibn Haji
[25:] Ismail to Ali Gherbi, & her
[26:] husband Khdeir is also
[pg: 286]
[1:] with her but has paid Deck)

[2:] At 1,,50 passed Ctesiphon

[3:] At 4,,15 P.M. passed the
[4:] SS. Ressafah & Barge going
[5:] up at Ledj;~

[6:] At 6,,15 the Steamer went
[7:] Against the bank just below
[8:] Swera Village on the shore
[9:] of the West maîn bank
[10:] and had to anchor, for the
[11:] starboard wheel got damaged
[12:] & have to repair, we made
[13:] fast alongside the bank;
[14:] The Engineers worked till midnight
[15:] and did not finish it~

[16:] At 11 ½ P.M. the Khalifah
[17:] came up, she sent her boat
[18:] to us with a bundle of specie
[19:] for [illegible] to take back,
[20:] Henry sent me a letter,
[21:] but I got it in the morning
[22:] and did not know of her
[23:] passing up;

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[24:] Light N.W. & find cold
[25:] weather; Engineers working
[26:] at the weel~
[pg: 287]
[1:] H Talub Effendi the Kaimakam
[2:] of Swera (now Called Hamidyeh)
[3:] Came on board to see us,
[4:] I had not seen him since I
[5:] passed Ramadi on my way
[6:] back from Europe, in
[7:] October last year;~
[8:] We remained all the day here
[9:] they are working in stretening
[10:] & boring arms & segments
[11:] in the wheel, I am very
[12:] sorry because we have
[13:] to lost our Christmas day
[14:] in Baghdad;~ Weather
[15:] very fine & getting cold
[16:] toward sunset;

[17:] Engeniers finished the wheel
[18:] at 8 P.M. & we remained for
[19:] tomorrow morning;

18 Sund The @ 6,,30

1898

Decr

[20:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather,

[21:] At 6,,30 AM. left Swera

[22:] At 7,,30 passed Baghdadieh
[23:] Fort;~

[24:] At 10 passed Azizieh~
[25:] At 3,,15 P.M. passed Nemlah,
[26:] Clouds coming on; at
[27:] sunset they disappeared and
[28:] became fîne~
[pg: 288]

[1:] At 6,,30 we rounded and
[2:] anchored for the night above
[3:] Um el Boony; Fine weather
[4:] and moonlight night 5 days
[5:] old;~

19 Mond

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1898

[6:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[7:] weather, In getting underway
[8:] at 6,,15 am we grounded in
[9:] turnîng round; had to take
[10:] an anchor out & heave off.

[11:] At 6,,45 proceeded;

[12:] At 8,,50 arrived at Coot
[13:] landed 8 ½ passengers and
[14:] 213 packages (160 Poles for
[15:] SLynch & Co for the new ground
[16:] they bought to erect a wool
[17:] Press here;~ Mr. Guilietti
[18:] is here he came to me, he is
[19:] going on to Azizieh & thence
[20:] to Baghdad repairing the
[21:] wire~ I received Henry’s
[22:] letter & papers also a letter
[23:] from my wife Eliza she
[24:] had not received my [strikeout]
[25:] telegram yet, I sent her on
[26:] on the 12th~ Mr. & Mrs. Heyns
[pg: 289]
[1:] the American excavator
[2:] at Nuffar & two other
[3:] Americans Mr. Fisher & Mrs.
[4:] Geer were on board the
[5:] Khalifah; they came out
[6:] in the Arabistan~

[7:] At 10,,15 am we left
[8:] Coot; took 20 ½ passengers
[9:] (1 ½ in 1st Class, Rezooki ibn
[10:] Elias Kheder & sister, they are
[11:] to occupy the double cabin
[12:] at Ali Gerhi when Khdeir
[13:] & his wife leave it there)

[14:] At 2,,20 P.M. passed Sheikh
[15:] Saad;

[16:] At 3,,50 anchored at Seyd
[17:] Abbass to sound, although
[18:] the Boats there told us that
[19:] there are 3 ½ draaz (5 feet)
[20:] water; at 4,,15 proceeded

[21:] At 6,,5 we anchored at
[22:] Ali Gherbi & landed 5 ½ passengers
[23:] (one in the 1st class Khdeirs wife
[24:] & himself)~ very fine & clear
[25:] weather moonlight night;

[26:] At 6,,35 left Ali Gherbi
[27:] took 7 passengers~
[pg: 290]

20 Tuesd The @ 6,,42

Decr

[A48_291_10:101]

1898

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather

[2:] At 2,,55 am arrived at
[3:] Amara landed 33 passengers
[4:] and 62 packets; Took
[5:] 4 tons coals;~

[6:] At 6 am left Amara
[7:] took 24 passengers (Revd:
[8:] Mr. Cantine the English
[9:] Missionary came to go down
[10:] but there is no cabin he slept
[11:] in the saloon I charged him
[12:] 2 mejidies only)

[13:] At 9,,25 passed Kalat
[14:] Saleh;

[15:] Detained at the Elbow & below
[16:] it from 11 to 11,,20 in dropping
[17:] down;

[18:] At 9,,45 P.M. passed Azair
[19:] weather became cloudy,
[20:] all over~
[21:] One passenger from Amara
[22:] to Gorna died on board
[23:] this afternoon;

[24:] At 3,,40 P.M. landed 19
[25:] passengers at Gorna including
[26:] the dead passenger;
[27:] went on at 3,,50;~
[pg: 291]
[1:] Flood tide has made; Breeze
[2:] shifted to S. West & very cloudy;

[3:] At 8,,15 P.M. arrived at
[4:] Basreh, very cloudy weather.
[5:] The SS. AbdulKadur only
[6:] here & the mail Stmr Kilwa
[7:] in quarantine; I went up
[8:] to Rufail, saw Eliza there
[9:] they have no news at all
[10:] of Alexander no telegrams
[11:] I related to her every thing;
[12:] & red her [strikeout] the letters
[13:] of Alexander & Père Pièrre
[14:] she was very touched and
[15:] grieved at the way our
[16:] son wrote to us. She has
[17:] made up her mind to go
[18:] up with me; we were so
[19:] upset that we could not
[20:] sleep at all; Rufail has
[21:] finished the 3 rooms in
[22:] the upper story & are living
[23:] in them, they are very
[24:] well built & arranged

[25:] Weather very cloudy
[26:] & calm;
[pg: 292]

21 Wedn

Decr

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Raining all day

1898

Decr

[A48_294_03:103]

[1:] Light S. Erly breeze & cloudy
[2:] weather; After tea Yousif
[3:] Marine came down from
[4:] Shaehyeh, at 9 I left
[5:] to come on board, called
[6:] on my way at Jeboory after
[7:] & related the him secretly
[8:] what I have done
[9:] through the Consul Mr.
[10:] Richarz & the report to
[11:] the Austrian Consul Generl
[12:] of Paris to send Alexander
[13:] under the surveylance of
[14:] the Police to Marseilles
[15:] & there to he handed over
[16:] to the Agent of the Auglo-
[17:] Arabian steamers & to
[18:] recommend the Captain
[19:] to look after him; so
[20:] I asked Jeboory to write
[21:] to Mr. Saunièr & to
[22:] recommend him to tell
[23:] the captain of any steamer
[pg: 293]
[1:] he promised to do it today
[2:] & send letters my both ways,
[3:] I came on board it
[4:] is raining drizly &
[5:] very gloomy overcast
[6:] weather; we are discharging
[7:] & loading;~ many people
[8:] are wanting Cabins;

[9:] Jeboory told me that
[10:] the Parran will leave
[11:] Marseilles on the 24th Instt
[12:] & the Turkistan will follow
[13:] after a fortnight;

[14:] Raining continually,

[15:] Mr. Yacoob Eassayi came
[16:] on board to take passage
[17:] up by Capt Cowley said
[18:] that there are many who
[19:] want to go they are Europeans
[20:] & will be out of quarantine
[21:] this evening, he could
[22:] not promise him; I wrote
[23:] to my wife if she likes to go
[24:] & take her birth in my Cabin
[25:] Yacoob Eassayi related
[26:] to me all about my
[pg: 294]
[1:] son Alexander when he
[2:] went to London from Paris
[3:] with his woman in Augt,

[4:] The English Gunboat Pigeon
[5:] is down in the quarantine
[6:] S. Erly wind & keeps cloudy,
[7:] my wife is going up with
[8:] me she sent her kit on board
[9:] I kept it in my cabin & some
[10:] in the hold;~

[11:] Eliza came on board with
[12:] Rufail but Capt Cowley has
[13:] given the Cabin of Francis
[14:] to Yacoob Eassayi & his wife,
[15:] and then he came to tell me
[16:] that one of the passengers is
[17:] not going with us, so that
[18:] I can give the cabin to
[19:] my wife & I did give it,

[20:] Weather rainy & very
[21:] cloudy;~
[pg: 295]

Basreh to Baghdad [21 DEC 1898 --- V048_18_N] (//)

Passeg Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
179 1/2 144,369 14,464 4,

[1:] At 6,,15 P.M. we left Basreh,
[2:] fresh N. Erly wind & cloudy
[3:] It begun to rain steadily for
[4:] about 2 hours, & blowing too

[5:] At 10,,50 passed Gorna
[6:] Cloudy all over & blowing fresh
[7:] wind~

22d Thursd.

[illegible]

[A48_295_14:104]

[A48_295_16:105]

[A48_295_19:106]

[A48_295_22:107]

[A48_296_08:108]

1898

Decr

Raining

[8:] At 1,,30 am we anchored

[9:] At 6,,15 proceeded; weather
[10:] clearing up & getting fine
[11:] but breeze from S. West;~

[12:] At 7,,30 passed Azair;
[13:] I finished with the passengers
[14:] tickets we have in all 121
[15:] (6 are in 1st Class, they are
[16:] Dr. Ramsay Residency Surgeon
[17:] Mr. Cooper of the Société du Tombac,
[18:] Mr. Edmund Candler a
[19:] young English traveller going
[20:] up via with Deir & Damaseus,
[21:] Mr. W.H. Diamond an
[22:] American merchant coming
[23:] to see the wool trade of
[24:] Baghdad & goes back gave
[pg: 296]
[1:] him a Return Ticket, and
[2:] Yacoob Eassayi & his
[3:] wife Mariam they occupy
[4:] the cabin in the passage
[5:] given to Francis the Butler
[6:] but Yacoob sleeps on
[7:] the table in the Saloon,
[8:] and my wife Eliza got
[9:] a Cabin in the Saloon
[10:] which Capt Cowley thought
[11:] there was an other European
[12:] passenger coming and
[13:] he did not come, so she
[14:] shifted from my cabin
[15:] into that)

[16:] At 0,,50 P.M. landed 5
[17:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[18:] & took one & went on
[19:] at 0,55 P.M.~ Clouds
[20:] passing over from the
[21:] north driven by a fresh
[22:] N.W. wind~ At 4 it
[23:] became very cloudy and
[24:] gloomy weather, wind from
[25:] S. Est~
[pg: 297]

[1:] At 5,,30 P.M. arrived
[2:] at Amara landed 22 ½
[3:] passengers; Took in 8 ½
[4:] tons of coal, & shipped cargo
[5:] Bags of Rice & Tins of Ghee
[6:] Weather very cloudy and
[7:] raining drizzly, S. Westerly
[8:] breeze; Yesterday & last
[9:] night it rained here and
[10:] up above as far as Baghdad,

[11:] At 8,,30 we left Amara
[12:] Very cloudy weather &
[13:] gloomy;~

23 Frid

1898

Decr

[14:] Very light air & cloudy
[15:] gloomy overcast weather

[16:] At 7,,5 am landed
[17:] 1 passenger at Ali Gherbi
[18:] & went on at 7,,10
[19:] took 1 passenger;~ The SS.
[20:] Mossul passed down last
[21:] night at 9,,45 P.M. ~

[22:] Gave tickets to 22 Amara
[23:] passengers~

[24:] The wind shifted to N.W.
[25:] this afternoon & clouds are
[pg: 298]
[1:] clearing off & getting fine
[2:] & cold;~

[3:] At 6 P.M. arrived at Coot
[4:] landed 22 passengers; Took
[5:] in 8 tons of coal~

[6:] At 7,,40 we left Coot;
[7:] Weather lîttle cloudy and
[8:] N.W. wînd cold;

24 Satur. Th @ 6,,46

[A48_299_13:109]

[9:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather

[10:] At 3,,30 AM. passed Nemlah
[11:] At 5,,30 Obliged to anchor
[12:] it became foggy; at 6,,30
[13:] tryed to go on but after a
[14:] few minutes it came on
[15:] again & anchored~
[16:] At 8,,10 cleared off, we
[17:] proceeded~ Gave tickets
[18:] to 12 ½ Coot passengers;

[19:] At 8,,40 met the S.S.
[20:] Khalifah coming down
[21:] at Deboony; we sent our
[22:] Boat off with a passenger
[23:] from Coot who had no
[24:] money to pay his passage
[pg: 299]

[1:] I received a letter from
[2:] Henry, he says that they
[3:] left yesterday morning with
[4:] 63000 Okes & 94 passengers,
[5:] They have had much rain
[6:] in Baghdad, it begun on
[7:] Wednesday at 4 am &
[8:] lasted till Thursday at
[9:] 8 am; the river rose two
[10:] feet; Henry says that a
[11:] telegram came for me on
[12:] Monday from Montpellier
[13:] in answer to mine of the
[14:] 15th Instt to Père Pièrre saying
[15:] that P. Pierre is absent but
[16:] they have sent him the telegram;

[17:] At 8,,50 we went on,
[18:] Light S. Erly breeze;

[19:] Detained 15 minutes in Shoal
[20:] Water at Um Sneyem;

[21:] At 1,,50 P.M. passed
[22:] Azizieh;~ Clouds clearing off
[23:] wind shifted to S. West;

[24:] At 5,,10 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[25:] S. Erly breeze & fine weather with few
[26:] clouds, the river must
[pg: 300]

[1:] have resin about 3 feet;
[2:] At 11,,45 P.M. passed Bostan,

1898 Decr 25 Sund.

[A48_303_11:110]

[3:] Christmas day, Light S. Erly
[4:] breeze, & little cloudy~

[5:] At 2 AM /passed Ctesiphon
[6:] At 4 passed Diala river;

[7:] At 7,,5 landed the mails
[8:] at the Residency & went
[9:] up to the Custum House,
[10:] the SS. Ressafah only here
[11:] she is loading ~ Very strong
[12:] S. Erly wind blowing cold
[13:] & swell in river, Eliza myself
[14:] & the servant girl Mariam
[15:] landed & went home,
[16:] We soon put the sitting room
[17:] to right for visitors ~ I
[18:] found no letters at all
[19:] from Alexander by the
[20:] Damascus Post which
[21:] arrived yesterday; but I
[22:] found the telegram which
[23:] arrived here on Monday
[24:] last the 19th, from Montpellier
[25:] which is dated the 18
[pg: 301]

[1:] in answer to mine to Père
[2:] Pièrre sent on friday the
[3:] 16th, but as he was not there,
[4:] it is as follows ~

[5:] "No 3940 16/12 Père Pièrre
[6:] "Couvent Carmes Montpellier
[7:] "parti faisons suivre par
[8:] "poste~"

[9:] We went to church & then
[10:] I called on the Carmelite
[11:] fathers, on the Assyrian
[12:] Bishop the Chaldean Patriarch
[13:] Abed Isho; & on father Philippus
[14:] the Armenian, came home
[15:] at 11 it is raining a little for
[16:] about 10 minutes; many
[17:] Visitors called on us ~
[18:] in the afternoon I called on
[19:] Menusha, Sister Medula
[20:] Yagchies saw Louisa my
[21:] niece & on Antone Marine,
[22:] came home at 4, the
[23:] Delagate Monseigneur
[24:] Altmayer called on us;

[25:] At 5 Père Marie Joseph
[26:] the Carmelite father sent
[27:] for me to say that a
[pg: 302]

[1:] telegram has just arrived
[2:] & wishes to see me; I
[3:] went to the church and he showed
[4:] me a telegram from
[5:] Père Pierre from Tarascon
[6:] dated the 22nd which has
[7:] just arrîved it says
[8:] " Carmes
[9:] " Baghdad
[10:] " Turquie
[11:] "Bonne féte,donné
[12:] "argent Alexandre parti:
[13:] "Constantinople avertissez
[14:] "Pièrre

[15:] I told them that I cannot
[16:] believe it. P. Pièrre is being
[17:] sold by Alexander &
[18:] he always promises to
[19:] leave if he gets the money
[20:] Besides this telegram P.
[21:] Marie Joseph received
[22:] last night a letter from
[23:] P. Pièrre dated the 29
[24:] Ulto from Montpellier,
[pg: 303]

[1:] in which he tells him that
[2:] Alexander had written to
[3:] him asking him for money
[4:] that he was going to
[5:] leave Paris on the 2d of
[6:] Decr via Marseilles to
[7:] catch the Baluchistan
[8:] at Port Said if he can
[9:] if not he will waît for
[10:] the Turkistan, and P. Pièrre
[11:] objected paying him until
[12:] he sees him left; ~ By
[13:] this telegram he says that
[14:] he has paid him, all
[15:] this story I cannot believe;
[16:] Alexander, he is playing
[17:] tricks with P. Pièrre to
[18:] get money out of him
[19:] I came home found Eliza
[20:] nearly fainting from
[21:] fright of probable sad
[22:] news from Alexander
[23:] However I calmed her down
[24:] & explained everything
[pg: 304]

26’’ Mond

[A48_304_12:111]

[1:] Light air & foggy cloudy
[2:] weather~ at 8 am
[3:] I came on board

[4:] The Ressafah left yesterday
[5:] noon for Basreh;
[6:] At 9 ½ I left the ship & called
[7:] on Sister Eliza to bid her a
[8:] happy Christmas~ I came
[9:] home more Visitors called
[10:] on us; Sister Medula came
[11:] & Grzesiki~

[12:] Edward Blockey my
[13:] nephew has got the Small
[14:] Pox since five days, also
[15:] Mr. Richarz the German Consul,
[16:] Small Pox is still bad in
[17:] town & in all the villages even
[18:] along the Euphrates &
[19:] Aleppo & other places, the
[20:] Old people are also getting
[21:] attacked; the Jews are suffering
[22:] the Most; Pere Marie
[23:] Joseph has had it, also
[24:] Mr. Blumsum but they
[25:] recovered~
[pg: 305]

[1:] I called on Shemoony
[2:] Korkis, also on Yacoob
[3:] Eassayi & came home at
[4:] 5~ Johny came to us &
[5:] he stopped to dine with us,
[6:] at 6 it began to rain for
[7:] about an hour, and then
[8:] it became fine;

27 Tuesd Th@ 6. 32

1898 Decr

[9:] Light N.W. breeze and
[10:] Very fine & cold weather
[11:] at 8 ½ Am I came on board,
[12:] We are discharging cargo;
[13:] at 9 ½ I left & went to call
[14:] on Yacoob Pahlawan’s family
[15:] on Yousif Hannosh Tessy;

[16:] I went to the Office to Mr. Bottomly
[17:] & took 45 £ Stg to pay wages
[18:] of Officers tomorrow;

[19:] After breakfast I made more
[20:] calls, on Polus Serkis, Shekoory
[21:] Andrea, Habib Chiha,
[22:] Asfars, Abduljebbar Effendi,
[23:] Eliza Erame, Yacoob Tessy,
[24:] & came home, it is bitterly
[25:] cold & cloudy, I cannot
[26:] stand such a cold, at
[27:] night could not get warm
[pg: 306]

28 Wedn Th@ 6. 28

[A48_306_19:112]

[1:] Light N.W. breeze and
[2:] Very Cold fine weather,

[3:] At 8 ½ Am I came on
[4:] board & paid the Ship’s
[5:] Company their wages;
[6:] the decks are frosty; I
[7:] feel it bitterly cold

[8:] At 10 ½ I went home found
[9:] Sister Eliza & her daughter
[10:] Terrooza & Catterina Yaghchi,

[11:] At 1 P.M. I went over to
[12:] Sister Eliza, took Terroza
[13:] my niece & went to call
[14:] on Regina my niece (Sister
[15:] Eliza’s daughter) & her husband
[16:] Duncan Alexander
[17:] they have hired a small house
[18:] near Alice’s; I gave her
[19:] a Diamond earrings as
[20:] a present for her marriage
[21:] which I bought for 60 Beshlics
[22:] at 2 I left & came
[23:] home; I called on Menusha
[24:] & then came on board
[25:] we are shipping cargo;
[pg: 307]

[1:] I heard today of the death
[2:] of Kass Yousif Segman
[3:] the Assyrian Priest who had
[4:] left this about 2 months
[5:] ago for Beyrout, & he
[6:] went up the Lebanon
[7:] Mountains to see his Sister
[8:] in the Convent & died
[9:] there, from an ulcer
[10:] operation on hîs back;

[11:] At 4 ½ went on shore called
[12:] on Sister Medula for ¼ hour
[13:] there were Regina my niece
[14:] & her husband Duncan Alexander,

[15:] I went home found there
[16:] Antone Marine, Artin also
[17:] came~

[18:] Very Cold Weather & fine
[19:] clear, moon 15 days old;

29 Thurs Th@ 6. 28

1898 Decr

Draft/ 3,,5

[20:] Light N.W. & very foggy, still
[21:] bitterly cold & freezing; My
[22:] Thermometer is exposed in
[23:] our Verandah facing the
[24:] N. West,

[25:] At 8 ½ I came on board
[pg: 308]
[1:] Weather keeps foggy~

[2:] I wrote a letter to Mr. Böhm
[3:] Vienna by today’s Post via
[4:] Damascus & told hîm all
[5:] about Alexander that he is
[6:] still in Paris & is humbuging
[7:] Père Pièrre & getting money
[8:] out of him; & that I have
[9:] sent a formal demand
[10:] through Mr. Richarz to our
[11:] Austrian Consul General
[12:] of Paris to force Alexander
[13:] to leave & be sent out here,

[14:] At 11 ½ I went to breakfast
[15:] & came at 1 P.M. We
[16:] shipped a good deal of
[17:] local cargo up to No. 63
[18:] It was 6 ½ P.M. when I
[19:] went home,~ Very cold
[20:] weather & fîne~
[pg: 309]

30 Frid Th@ 6. 28

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[2:] weather~ At 5,,30 AM.
[3:] I came on board, River
[4:] has risen since yesterday
[5:] morning about 2 feet,

Baghdad to Basreh [30 DEC 1898 --- V048_19_S] (//)

1898 Decr

Passeg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
153 67,058 18,506 ,, 3,,5

[7:] At 6,,10 Am. we proceeded,
[8:] Fine cold weather;~ The
[9:] banks & trees are covered
[10:] with white frost, & so is
[11:] the ship’s deck; it became
[12:] very cold before sunrise;
[13:] The Thermometer outsîde of
[14:] My cabin fell to 28°~

[15:] At 8,,10 passed Diala
[16:] river; the water is still
[17:] frozen on the decks;

[18:] At 9,,30 passed Ctesiphon,
[19:] Gave tickets to the passengers
[20:] we have no one in 1st
[21:] Class Cabins~

[22:] At 11,,25 passed the
[pg: 310]
[1:] S.S. Phrat & Barge going
[2:] up at Ledje reach; Weather
[3:] became cloudy since
[4:] 9 am, it is still bitterly cold
[5:] I can’t write in my cabin;

[6:] We have in all 122 Deck
[7:] passengers only;

[8:] I have been obliged to
[9:] make a fire in my cabin,
[10:] as my feet & hands are
[11:] quite chilled~

[12:] We passed the SS. Khalifah
[13:] at Rwebyeh at about
[14:] 1,,30 P.M. but I did not see
[15:] her, as no one told me
[16:] of her & I was in my cabin,

[17:] At 2,,5 passed Baghdadieh
[18:] Fort; still cloudy a little

[19:] At 4,,15 passed Azizieh;
[20:] At 6,,10 We rounded & came
[21:] to for the night at Shedeif,
[22:] Light N.W. breeze & little
[23:] Cloudy, still Cold;

[24:] I have got a bad cold all
[25:] my bones & muscles pain
[26:] me, & feel so feverish,
[pg: 311]

31 Satur Th@ 6. 34

1899 Jany

[1:] Light N.W. & fine cold weather
[2:] there is some frost on the
[3:] banks, but not so cold
[4:] as before~

[5:] At 6,,20 Am we left Shedeif
[6:] At 9,,15 passed Nemlah,

[7:] At 1,,30 P.M. arrived
[8:] at Coot landed 40 ½ passengers
[9:] and 60 packages;

[10:] I received Henry’s letter &
[11:] paper, the Khalifah had
[12:] 138000 Okes & about 160 Passng,
[13:] Mr. Cole who was her
[14:] Chief Engineer & had gone to
[15:] England on leave last year,
[16:] was discharged by Lynch,
[17:] from the service & have put
[18:] Tom Tartt in his place,
[19:] has come up in the Khalifah
[20:] to go to his wife in Baghdad

[21:] At 2,,35 P.M. We left
[22:] Coot, took 16 passengers,

[23:] At 6,,45 P.M. we rounded
[24:] and anchored at Aboo
[25:] Dood, just below the Village
[26:] of Sheikh Saad, Very
[27:] fine Weather & light N.W.
[pg: 312]

1 Sund Th@ 6. 40

[1:] Modte cold N.W. Wind
[2:] and fine Weather~

[3:] At 6,,30 Am We left
[4:] Aboo Dood the wind
[5:] blowing cold;

[6:] At 9,,25 landed 6 Bales
[7:] at Ali Gherbi, took one passenge
[8:] & went on at 9,,45;

[9:] At 11,,20 passed the SS.
[10:] “Mossul & Barge going up
[11:] at Flefleh Village;

[12:] At 5,,35 P.M. arrived
[13:] at Amara landed 29
[14:] passengers & 143 Packages,
[15:] Light N.W. breeze & and still
[16:] Cold Weather; We took
[17:] 2 Tons of Coal; finished work
[18:] at 8 & we remained at Amara
[19:] for the night;

2nd Mond. Th@ 6. 32

[20:] Light N.W. & very fine and
[21:] cold weather~

[22:] At 5,,20 Am left Amara,
[23:] Very cold & the desert is frosty,

[24:] At 7,,30 we anchored
[25:] it became foggy~
[pg: 313]

[1:] We took 13 ½ passengers from
[2:] Amara~

[3:] At 8 fog cleared off we
[4:] proceeded~

[5:] Detained at the Elbow from
[6:] 10,,40 till 11~

[7:] At 0,,30 A.M. passed Azair,
[8:] At 3,,30 P.m. landed 20 Bags
[9:] of dry fruit at Gorna and
[10:] Went on at 3,,45~ Took 6
[11:] passengers~

[12:] At 7,,20 We anchored
[13:] about Kteban, it being
[14:] rather misty but not so
[15:] foggy~

3rd Tuesd.

1899 Jany

1899 Jany

[16:] Light air & little foggy;
[17:] At 6,,30 Am got underway
[18:] from below Kteban, but
[19:] it soon became foggy. We
[20:] drifted easy until we got
[21:] near Maghil it became
[22:] thicker, flood tide is
[23:] made up; We saw a
[24:] sunken Boat just near
[25:] the Canal Aboo Sboor above
[26:] Maghil, laden with Cases
[27:] of Paraffin, we met a
[28:] lot of Cases floating down
[pg: 314]
[1:] as we got near Jubela
[2:] Canal, and our Launch
[3:] went with the crew and
[4:] picked up 12 cases, the
[5:] water is slack & there is no
[6:] current; they also brought
[7:] about 15 Bundles of Coir
[8:] rope & the door of the boat’s
[9:] cabin, & we remained
[10:] at anchor, the fog having
[11:] cleared off at 8 am;
[12:] At 8 ½ weighed & proceeded
[13:] down to Basreh; The
[14:] sunken boat belongs to
[15:] Hotz & Co, & the cargo to
[16:] H. Hmood el Mellak;

[17:] At 9 arrived at Basreh
[18:] there is only the English
[19:] Gunboat “Pigeon” here,

[20:] There are the Mail S. Pachumba
[21:] and the SS. Baluchistan
[22:] for Asfar arrived 3 days
[23:] Ago in Quarantine, Mr.
[24:] Mackey (who was employed)
[25:] at Darby Andrewes before)
[26:] is on board of her he
[pg: 315]
[1:] is employed at Frank
[2:] Strick & Co now in London
[3:] & has come to see about
[4:] some business with G.
[5:] Asfar here;

[6:] Rufail & Yousif Marine
[7:] called on me, we proposed
[8:] to go in to Basreh to see
[9:] Tukyeh & other people,
[10:] they went back to breakfast
[11:] & will return;

[12:] At 11 ½ We went in to
[13:] Basreh called on Tookyeh
[14:] also on Terrooza wife of Nessoory
[15:] Andrea, I went to Angoorliy’s
[16:] Shop & returned to Tookyeh
[17:] had Tea & we left at 3 P.M.
[18:] came on board & then we
[19:] went to Jeboory Asfar for
[20:] an hour & then went up
[21:] to Roofail’s house where
[22:] We dined & slept~
[23:] Weather getting cloudy
[24:] & breeze from N. Est; Yousif
[25:] Roofail & I slept in the large
[26:] sitting room, there was
[27:] fire in the stove~
[pg: 316]

1899 Jany 4 Wedn.

[1:] Light N. Erly breeze & very
[2:] Cloudy overcast; It
[3:] begun to rain at 8 am.

[4:] I came on board in the
[5:] rain; We are shipping
[6:] Cargo;

[7:] The SS. Ressafah & Barge
[8:] left last night to Baghdad
[9:] at noon it begun to open
[10:] a little, breeze from N.W.
[11:] It cleared off in the afternoon
[12:] & became fine~
[13:] Rufail called, also Rezooki
[14:] Angoorly, & Rezooki also;

[15:] We loaded down deep
[16:] & took several steamers’ cargo,

Basreh to Baghdad [4 JAN 1899 --- V048_20_N] (//)

[A48_317_21:113]

Passeg Okes GSP. Local Draft
204 217,705 10,998 3/4 4,,10

[18:] At 4,,30 P.M. We finished
[19:] and got underway,
[20:] drawing 4 feet 10 Inches

[21:] Fine weather and
[22:] calm, Flood tide
[pg: 317]
[1:] just began to make

[2:] Mr. Holdway our 3rd Mate,
[3:] has again taken to his usual
[4:] yearly fits of drinking to
[5:] excess, He had left the ship
[6:] on Christmas day in Baghdad
[7:] & remained for 2 days on
[8:] shore at his brother in law,
[9:] & came on board very sick
[10:] & shut up himself in his
[11:] Cabin unable to come out
[12:] & keep his watch on the
[13:] Bridge until the day before
[14:] for a short time & shut up
[15:] himself again in his cabin
[16:] till now;~

[17:] At 9,,40 passed Gorna

5 Thursd Th@ 6. 44

1899

Jany

[18:] Light N.W. & fine weather;

[19:] At 2,,30 Am passed Azair
[20:] at 3 anchored near Ghumeyjeh

[21:] At 6 got underway and
[22:] proceeded;

[23:] Finished with the passengers
[24:] tickets;~ We took 2 from Gorna

[25:] We have in all 136 ½
[26:] with the 2 from Gorna
[pg: 318]
[1:] (3 ½ are in 1st Class, being
[2:] one Mahomedan Raoof
[3:] Effendi to Baghdad, 2 Mahomedan
[4:] for Kalat Saleh and
[5:] a girl, Emilia daughter
[6:] of Elias Kheder Faraj to
[7:] Coot ½ Passage)

[8:] At 11,,15 landed 10 Passeng
[9:] including the 2 in 1st Class
[10:] at Kalat Saleh & went
[11:] on at 11,,20 ~

[12:] At 4,,55 P.M. arrived
[13:] at Amara landed 20
[14:] passengers; Took in 6 Tons
[15:] of Coal, The Ressafah
[16:] left this today at 11 am,
[17:] we shipped 4 Bund Copper

[18:] At 6 P.M. left Amara
[19:] Fine clear weather & light
[20:] N.W. breeze ~

6 Frid Ther@ 6.38

[21:] Light N.W. & fine ~ at
[22:] 1,,30 am passed the S. Ressafah
[23:] & Barge going up;

[24:] At 6,,15 landed 2 passengers
[25:] at Ali Gherbi & went on
[pg: 319]

[1:] at 6,,30 took 7 passengers
[2:] weather getting cloudy;
[3:] Gave tickets to 43 ½ Amara
[4:] passengers;

[5:] At 11,,30 landed a Jew passenger
[6:] at Sheikh Saad who had no
[7:] money to pay he is from Amara

[8:] Weather became cloudy
[9:] again with S. Ely wind
[10:] blowing modte; ~

[11:] At 6,,5 P.M. arrived at
[12:] Coot landed 35 ½ passengers
[13:] (one in 1st Class the daughter
[14:] of Elias Ferej half person);
[15:] Took in 5 Tons of Coal
[16:] finished at 7 ½, weather
[17:] cloudy but there are stars
[18:] to be seen; we shipped 23
[19:] packages of ghee, gums etc
[20:] and remained for the
[21:] night at Coot, blowing
[22:] strong S.Ely & Cloudy,

7 Satur Ther@ 6.47

1899

Jany

[A48_320_13:114]

[A48_321_01:115]

Arabic

[23:] Strong S.Ely & cloudy
[24:] a little ~ at 6 AM. we
[25:] left Coot; clouds clearing
[26:] off & getting fine, but the
[pg: 320]
[1:] wind is strong from S.Et;

[2:] Gave tickets to 17 Coot
[3:] passengers

[4:] At 0,,15 P.M. we met
[5:] the Comet coming down
[6:] at Hamraya, both Steamers
[7:] anchored & they sent for
[8:] the mails of Major Melville
[9:] the Acting Resident on
[10:] board going to Basreh
[11:] and back, Dr. Ramsay is
[12:] also on board going away
[13:] on leave; The new Consul
[14:] for Basreh Mr. Wratislaw
[15:] who arrived on about
[16:] the 20 Ulto ; in the Arabistan
[17:] is a Civilian & was attached
[18:] to the English Embassy at
[19:] Constaniple & had been Consul
[20:] in Philippopolis & Sophia
[21:] the Basreh Consulate
[22:] has been transferred now
[23:] from under the Indian
[24:] Government to that of the
[25:] Foreign Office, and Mr.
[26:] Wratislaw has been for
[pg: 321]
[1:] about 15 years in Turkey
[2:] and speaks several languages

[3:] At 0,,45 P.M. we
[4:] went on blowing very strong
[5:] S. Ely wind; ~

[6:] At 1,,40 P.M. passed Memlah,

[7:] At 2,,20 passed the S.S.
[8:] Khalifah going down
[9:] I saw Alfred Holland &
[10:] Polus Bahoshy going down
[11:] in her to Coot, for the building
[12:] of the house for a wool Press;

[13:] At 9,,30 anchored at Zweyet-
[14:] el Zère (above Humeyeh) although
[15:] the weather is very fine and
[16:] clear; Capt Cowley is afraid
[17:] to run at night because the
[18:] ship is deep, he is more timid
[19:] than before; the river is good
[20:] & there is still a rise of about
[21:] 5 feet from the last rise ~

8 Sund

1899

Jany

[22:] Light breeze from S. West
[23:] and fine, some clouds are
[24:] hanging about on northern
[25:] parts ~

[26:] At 5 AM. proceeded,
[27:] at 6 passed Azizieh;

[28:] At 9,,45 passed the
[pg: 322]
[1:] Fort of Baghdadieh, and
[2:] at 9,,50 passed the S. Phrat
[3:] & barge going down;
[4:] thick clouds came on &
[5:] passed over from the north
[6:] being driven by a N.W.
[7:] breeze as it shifted &
[8:] became cold;

[9:] The river has fallen about two
[10:] feet from its last rise~

[11:] At 7,,5 P.M. passed
[12:] Ctesiphon, light westerly
[13:] breeze & fine night;

[14:] At 7,,35 anchored at the
[15:] bottom of Gusseiba for the
[16:] night, on account of the Shoals
[17:] at Gusseiba~

9 Mond

1899

Jany

[A48_324_16:116]

[18:] S. Ely breeze & little cloudy,
[19:] At 6,,15 am we proceeded,
[20:] but touched a shoal & sent
[21:] to sound, at 7,,15 proceeded

[22:] At 8,,55 passed Diala,
[23:] weather getting cloudy;

[24:] At 10,,10 I landed at Gherrara
[pg: 323]
[1:] & walked in to Baghdad, I
[2:] felt it very hot, as the S.Ely
[3:] wind was behind me & the
[4:] sun hot, I went straight to
[5:] Lynch’s office got there by 11 ½
[6:] saw Mr. Bottomly for some
[7:] business & also told him
[8:] about the mistake I had
[9:] made in last voyage up in
[10:] the calculation of the Basreh
[11:] passengers, I had only found
[12:] it last night, after much
[13:] searching & examining account
[14:] as I had made the Balance
[15:] of my cash Book on the
[16:] way down this trip for
[17:] the end of the year & found
[18:] that I was 2400 G S. P. over
[19:] & could not find it where it
[20:] occurred, until I counted the
[21:] passengers old ticket Book
[22:] & found that I had omitted
[23:] 40 passengers on the voyage
[24:] up on 21 Decr, @ 60 P. each
[25:] it just came to 2400, this
[26:] 40 passengers were issued
[27:] in the ticket Book which
[pg: 324]
[1:] I had sent to the office after
[2:] it was finished; I told
[3:] Mr. Bottomly that I will
[4:] enter these 40 passengers
[5:] in next voyage up so as
[6:] to ignore every thing~
[7:] I left & came home, but
[8:] so very tyred & giddy
[9:] with very bad headache, the
[10:] was had stirred my bile,
[11:] & not having had breakfast,

[12:] I saw Eliza, she said
[13:] that no letters from Alexander
[14:] had arrived for the last
[15:] two weeks by Post; but
[16:] one letter from Père Pièrre
[17:] from Tarascon dated the
[18:] 14 Decr arrived on Saturday
[19:] (the day before) which was
[20:] sent by Père Marie Joseph,
[21:] there is nothing decided
[22:] in the letter about his
[23:] or Alexanders departure,
[24:] he only relates the way
[25:] in which Alexander is
[pg: 325]
[1:] humbuging me for
[2:] drawing money, & he
[3:] has already advanced him
[4:] 750 frcs, & Alexander
[5:] always promises hîm of
[6:] leaving in such & such a
[7:] date etc etc;

[8:] The Mejidieh arrived at about
[9:] 0 ½ P.M. ~ The S.S. Mossul
[10:] is here only she is loading
[11:] & leaves tomorrow ~

[12:] I called on sister Medula
[13:] at 2 P.M. also on the Carmelite
[14:] fathers saw Père Emmanuel
[15:] spoke about P. Pière etc,
[16:] & came home; Johny &
[17:] Artin called in the evening
[18:] Light N.W. & fine weather,

10 Tuesd Ther@6.40

1899

Jany

[19:] Light N.W. & fine cold morning,
[20:] I called on Henry’s wîfe,
[21:] & also on Sister Eliza,
[22:] and on Monsigneur Altmayer
[23:] but was not at home,
[24:] I went to Mr. Richarz
[25:] & gave my card, as I did not
[26:] want to go in & see
[27:] him because he has
[pg: 326]
[1:] had the Small Pox since
[2:] a fortnight, but I heard
[3:] that he is well & goes
[4:] out, I also passed to enquire
[5:] about Edward Blockey
[6:] my nephew who also has
[7:] had the Small Pox, but
[8:] is better, I did not go
[9:] up to see him but asked
[10:] him how he was from
[11:] the court yard & he said
[12:] that he was well;
[13:] I came home & found the
[14:] Delegate Altmayer in
[15:] my house; I went over
[16:] to sister Medula where
[17:] Sister Eliza was as I
[18:] did not see her in her house
[19:] so I took her to my house
[20:] to breakfast & pass the
[21:] day: ~ I took a warm
[22:] bath; Regina my niece
[23:] (Mrs. Duncan Alexander) &
[24:] her sister also called &
[25:] they all left at sunset;

[26:] Antone Marine & Shekoory
[pg: 327]
[1:] Antone Sayegh called in
[2:] the evening & left at 6 ½

[3:] Fine cold weather and
[4:] light N.W. breeze;

11thWedn Ther@6.39

[5:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[6:] morning; the SS. Mossul
[7:] left at 6 am; at 8 I
[8:] came on board; we went
[9:] alongside to discharge
[10:] cargo; we also did yesterday

[11:] River rose about ½
[12:] foot; ~

[13:] At 11 I went home and
[14:] breakfasted & at 1 ½ P.M. came
[15:] on board & shipped cargo,
[16:] I worked hard for the through
[17:] cargo shipped; ~

[18:] At 4 ½ P.M. went home, took
[19:] Eliza & went to Sister Medula
[20:] spent the evening, Artin also
[21:] came there we left at 7 ½
[22:] Weather fine & cold

12 Thursd Ther@6.38

1899

Jany

[23:] Light N.W. & little cloudy
[24:] The SS. Ressafah arrived
[25:] from Basreh at 3 am.
[26:] She had left the day before
[pg: 328]
[1:] we did~

[2:] At 8 am I came on board,

[3:] I wrote a letter to Mr.
[4:] Alois Schweiger in Vienna
[5:] of todays date, via Damascus
[6:] by todays Post, in answer
[7:] to his 4 former letters;

[8:] At 11 I went to breakfast & I
[9:] came at 12 ½;

[10:] At about 4 ½ P.M. we finished
[11:] shipping cargo, hauled out
[12:] of the Custum House~

[13:] At 5 I went home & then
[14:] went to Sister Eliza where
[15:] my wife had gone & we
[16:] spent the evening, Regina
[17:] also came from her house
[18:] being close about; at 7
[19:] we came home~

[20:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[21:] cold ~

13 Frid Ther@6.34

[A48_329_19:117]

[A48_329_20:118]

1899

Jany

[22:] Light N.W. & fine weather

[23:] At 5 ½ am I came on
[24:] board; Today being the
[25:] first of Ramadan the
[26:] fasting month for the
[pg: 329]
[1:] Mahomedans~

Baghdad to Basreh [13 JAN 1899 --- V048_21_S] (//)

Passgr Okes GS. Piast Draft
137,, 113,423 18,795 3/4 3,,9

[3:] At 6,,20 AM. we got under-
[4:] way & proceeded; the river
[5:] has risen about one foot;
[6:] we have 112,000 Okes cargo;

[7:] Very cold morning, frosty,
[8:] the banks & islands, and
[9:] the deck also has frozen
[10:] the water ~

[11:] At 8,,20 passed Diala
[12:] At 9,,50 passed Ctesiphon;
[13:] Gave tickets to the passengers
[14:] we have altogether 111;
[15:] (3 in 1st Class, Mr. A. Veillant
[16:] a Swiss silk merchant, who
[17:] had come up with us two years
[18:] ago in Decr 96; & been to Persia
[19:] now going to Bombay; and
[20:] Jemil Beg the son of Saîd
[21:] Pasha Motserrif at Hassa
[22:] and his mother, they are going
[23:] to Said Pasha at Hassa,
[24:] I know him well & he was
[25:] formerly at Basreh & Amara
[26:] he is a Musully)

[27:] At 2.55 P.M. we met the
[pg: 330]
[1:] S.S. Khalifah coming up
[2:] at Rwebyeh, we stopped
[3:] and sent Mr. Holdway
[4:] our 3rd mate to her, and
[5:] her chief mate Mr. Brain
[6:] came on board to go down
[7:] to Basreh to be put in the
[8:] SS. Malamir to act in
[9:] place of her Captain Aidy
[10:] who is going for 6 months
[11:] leave to England;~ I
[12:] received a letter from Henry
[13:] saying he had let my papers
[14:] & letter at Coot with
[15:] Alfred Holland, as he was
[16:] not sure of our stopping

[17:] We went on at 3,,5 P.M.
[18:] the Khalifah has 142,000
[19:] Okes & 215 passengers, none
[20:] in cabins; ~

[21:] At 3,,20 passed Baghdadieh
[22:] Fort;

[23:] At 5,,25 passed Azizieh,
[24:] Calm but fine cold weather;

[25:] At 7.35 we anchored
[26:] at Shedeif for the night,

[27:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[28:] moon two days old
[pg: 331]

14 Satur Ther@6.40

Therm @ 6.40

[1:] Light air & getting cloudy

[2:] At 6.15 am we left
[3:] Shedeif, it became cloudy
[4:] all over like a fog spred
[5:] all over ~

[6:] At 9,,20 passed Memlah,
[7:] S.Ely breeze & cloudy all over,
[8:] wind increasing~

[9:] At 2,,5 P.M. arrived
[10:] at Coot landed 19 passengers
[11:] and 39 Packages; ~

[12:] Alfred Holland & Polus the
[13:] Engineer of the Wool Press came
[14:] on board, they are building
[15:] the house for the Wool Press
[16:] down near our Coal Depot,
[17:] I received Henry’s letter &
[18:] my papers ~

[19:] At 3,,10 P.M. left Coot
[20:] Took 9 passengers;~

[21:] At 6,,10 P.M. we rounded &
[22:] came to for the night above
[23:] Sheikh Saad; weather
[24:] cloudy & light S. Ely
[25:] wind; it blew strong at
[26:] night, with slight rain
[27:] occasionally~
[pg: 332]

1899 Jany

15 Sund. Th @ 6.40

[1:] Light S. Ely & cloudy
[2:] at 6,15 proceeded ~

[3:] At 7,,5 passed the S.S.
[4:] Baghdad & Barge bound up
[5:] she was under repairs for the
[6:] last six months ~
[7:] At 4,,40 passed Sheikh Saad
[8:] getting clear on the west &
[9:] north ;

[10:] At 10,,50 stopped at Ali
[11:] Gherbi and landed 5 Bales
[12:] and went on at 11,,10 ; ~
[13:] Took one passenger ~
[14:] Wind shifted to a sharp N.W.
[15:] but remains still cloudy
[16:] all over ; ~ at noon it cleared
[17:] up & became very fine,

[18:] At 4,,15 P.M. met the
[19:] S.S. Comet coming up with
[20:] Major Melvill on board
[21:] she stopped & sent her boat
[22:] off for the letters, & we
[23:] went on at 4,,20~

[24:] At 4,,5 arrived at Amara,
[25:] landed 35 passengers and 83
[26:] Packages; ~
[pg: 333]

[1:] At 8,55 left Amara,
[2:] At 9,10 anchored above
[3:] Aboo Sedra for the night;

[4:] I have the stomach ache since
[5:] I walked in from Gherrara on
[6:] Monday last, & am restless,
[7:] & cannot sleep, this night
[8:] I had about two hours only,
[9:] The ship’s clock in the Saloon
[10:] kept me up striking so hard
[11:] that I had to go & stop it at
[12:] 12 o'clock ~

16 Mond

1899 Jany

[13:] Light N.W. & fine clear weather
[14:] at 6,15 am proceeded,
[15:] I feel so weak from not having
[16:] had a good sleep last night,

[17:] We anchored on account
[18:] of fog for 10 minutes &
[19:] left at 7.30 ~

[20:] Gave tickets to 9 Amara
[21:] passengers

[22:] At 8,,35 passed Kalat Saleh,
[23:] at 9 we grounded at Nafikh
[24:] took out an anchor and
[25:] hove off; at 11,30 we got
[26:] off & proceeded ~ S. Ely breeze
[27:] & fine ~

[28:] At 2,,15 P.M. landed 3
[29:] Jews at Azair (2 with Return
[pg: 334]
[1:] Tickets) & went on at 2,,20

[2:] At 5,,15 P.M. anchored
[3:] off Gorna landed 20
[4:] Packages & 6 passengers

[5:] At 5,,45 left, very
[6:] Calm weather, & cloudy in
[7:] most part;

[8:] At 10 anchored at Jubela
[9:] for the night, being dark
[10:] cloudy ~

17 Tuesd

[11:] S. Ely wind & cloudy all
[12:] over, it rained at night;

[13:] At 6,,45 am we left &
[14:] steamed down to Basreh
[15:] & anchored at 7 ~ The
[16:] Gunboat Pigeon is only
[17:] here; ~

[18:] I had a good sleep, but feel
[19:] very weak this morning from
[20:] my stomach so out of order
[21:] & with nervous debility;

[22:] The Mail Steamer Pemba
[23:] & the Malamir are only in
[24:] quarantine ~ The S.S.
[25:] "Scarsdale" which came
[pg: 335]
[1:] out again on account
[2:] of Yousif Korkis is aground
[3:] at Fao, & lightining her
[4:] in the Esther which went down
[5:] to assist-

[6:] Raining drizzly at 9 am
[7:] & continued so far the rest of
[8:] the day, working in discharging
[9:] cargo & coaling during the
[10:] rain, very wet day; Roofail
[11:] sent me his Belem twice,
[12:] but I not go, not feeling
[13:] well; ~ Rufail came to
[14:] fetch me, & I went with him
[15:] at 1 P.M. Raining & blowing
[16:] fresh Ely wind continues
[17:] I found Yousif Marine at
[18:] Rufail's house; the weather
[19:] kept very stormy & rainy

[20:] All the night too, it rained
[21:] & blowed strong, very dark
[22:] & cloudy; Yousif & I slept
[23:] in the big sitting rooms,
[24:] but I could not sleep
[25:] well from my stomach
[26:] the pain & weakness ~

18 Wedn

1899 Jany

[27:] Strong wind & drizzling
[28:] rain still continues ~
[pg: 336]
[1:] At 8 am they got me the
[2:] Belem to come on board
[3:] but the rough weather and
[4:] strong head wind prevented
[5:] the Belem from going,
[6:] near Asfar's house we stopped
[7:] & asked for an extra man
[8:] to go with me, but still
[9:] they could not make ahead,
[10:] I landed at Asfar's and
[11:] walked down in the mud
[12:] & crossed over the Khandak
[13:] canal & walked to the
[14:] Ashar where I engaged a
[15:] Belem for 1 Keran and
[16:] came on board at 9 1/4
[17:] The wind fell down at 11 1/2
[18:] am but remained very cloudy,

[19:] We are shipping cargo;
[20:] wind shifted to n.w. and
[21:] it cleared off & became very
[22:] fine by 1 P.M. ~

[23:] Rezooki Angoorly, Nessoory
[24:] Andrea & Rezooki Sayegh
[25:] came off to me ~
[26:] We kept loading Cargo
[27:] all the day ~
[pg: 337]

[1:] There are 274 packages of
[2:] Household furniture, Liquors
[3:] Table services, sugar, coffee,
[4:] mineral waters, mirrors &
[5:] all sorts of things, for the
[6:] new German Ambassador
[7:] Graf Rex for Teheran, they
[8:] are to go via Baghdad,
[9:] some very large boxes etc;

Basreh to Baghdad [19 JAN 1899 --- V048_22_N] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. P. Local Draft
219 222,473 15,118 ,, 4,,8

[11:] At 11,,15 P.M. we got under
[12:] way & proceeded from Basreh
[13:] having loaded the ship
[14:] down to 4,9 Inches which
[15:] is too much for the present
[16:] state of the river;
[17:] Weather again getting cloudy
[18:] and a light westerly breeze,
[19:] Flood tide just finishing;

19 Thursd

1899 Jany

[A48_338_09:119]

[A48_338_13:120]

[20:] Light westerly breeze;
[21:] & cloudy weather ~

[22:] At 5,,50 am we passed
[23:] Gorna ~

[24:] At 10,,35 took the two
[25:] Return Passengers from Azair
[pg: 338]
[1:] and went on at 10,,40 ~
[2:] Finished with the passengers
[3:] tickets, we have in all
[4:] 139 1/2 (added the 40 passengers
[5:] which I had omitted to enter
[6:] on the up trip of 21 Decr)
[7:] 5 in 1st Class Cabins all
[8:] Persians, Assad Khan, Nedam
[9:] ul Oolema & 3 friends they
[10:] belong to Agha Khan’s people
[11:] of Bombay, and one Sheikh
[12:] Zein ood Din from Mohamerah
[13:] also 2 in 2d Class a Turk
[14:] & his wife, we let the cabin
[15:] of M. Holdway ~

[16:] At 4,,25 P.m. landed
[17:] 7 passengers at Kalat Saleh,
[18:] and took 16 Arabs and
[19:] Madams & Jews went
[20:] on at 4,,45 ;

[21:] At 9,,40 P.m. arrived at
[22:] Amara landed 22 1/2 passengers
[23:] Took 6 Tons of Coal

[24:] At 11,,30 left Amara
[pg: 339]

20 Frid

[1:] S. Ely wind & little cloudy
[2:] gave tickets to 46 1/2 Amara
[3:] passengers ; ~
[4:] Rvir is rising, there has
[5:] fallen a lot of rain up
[6:] in these parts ;

[7:] At 11 passed the S.S. Reesafah
[8:] going down ~

[9:] At 11,,5 passed Ali Gherbi,
[10:] At 4,10 P.m. passed Sheikh
[11:] Saad, the creeks below &
[12:] above the village are pouring
[13:] water into the river from
[14:] the flooded desert caused
[15:] by the last rain fall;

[16:] n.w. breeze & clouds are
[17:] dispersing ;

[18:] Weather got bitterly cold
[19:] with a sharp n.w. wind
[20:] blowing after sunset &
[21:] all clouds disappeared,
[22:] this shows that it has rained
[23:] up the country, ~

[24:] At 9,50 P.m. arrived at
[25:] Coot landed 17 passengers
[26:] There were too many Boats
[27:] alongside, & we could not
[pg: 340]
[1:] go alongside our Depot to
[2:] coal, Alfred Holland
[3:] came on board, I was
[4:] asleep;

21 Satur Therm 6.34

[5:] At 0,15 am we left
[6:] Coot, I awoke after having
[7:] slept about 3 hours, and
[8:] could not get a wink since
[9:] till morning, I again
[10:] got so fidgety on account
[11:] of Engine room bell striking
[12:] the hours & so kept tossing
[13:] about till sunrise, my
[14:] stomach ache is much
[15:] better & nearly gone;

[16:] Very cold weather and
[17:] fine n.w. breeze ;

[18:] At 8,10 am passed
[19:] Memlah ~

[20:] Gave tickets to 13 Coot
[21:] passengers;

[22:] At 10,,30 passed the S.S.
[23:] Khalifah at Deboony
[24:] bound down;

[25:] At 4,,55 P.M. passed
[26:] Azizieh ~ Very fine and
[27:] cold weather ~
[pg: 341]

[1:] At 8,30 P.M. passed
[2:] Baghdadieh Fort ~ Light
[3:] n.w. & fine cold weather;

22 Sund Therm @ 6.36

1899 Jany

[4:] At 1,40 am we anchored
[5:] to repair a loose float &
[6:] left at 2 ~

[7:] I slept better last night,
[8:] from 9 till 1 am. & from
[9:] 4 till 6 & feel better;

[10:] At 7,,15 passed Ctesiphon
[11:] River is still rising,

[12:] At 9.50 passed Diala
[13:] river;

[14:] At 11,30 landed a Deckman
[15:] with the letters at Gherrarah
[16:] & went on; I could not land
[17:] feeling rather weak & it is
[18:] too cold ;

[19:] River keeps rising & is very
[20:] turbid ~

[21:] At 2,,15 P.m. landed the
[22:] mails at the Residency &
[23:] went up to the Custum house
[24:] the S.S. Baghdad & Barge
[25:] are only here;

[26:] I went home saw Eliza, she
[27:] is also unwell & very weak
[pg: 342]
[1:] from affliction & sorrow;

[2:] There is a dancing party;
[3:] given tonight by Asfar's
[4:] we are invited too, but
[5:] we cannot go, for both
[6:] of us are suffering ;

23 Mond Therm 6.38

[A48_342_15:121]

[7:] Light n.w. & fine
[8:] cold weather; I slept
[9:] for about 4 hours &
[10:] still feel very weak;

[11:] At 8 am called on sister
[12:] Medula & thence came
[13:] on board; Father Emmanuel
[14:] called on board, to tell
[15:] me that P. Pièrre telegraphed
[16:] to him from Port Said
[17:] yesterday having arrived
[18:] there in the Turkistan,
[19:] & also gave a small letter
[20:] from P. Pièrre to me of
[21:] the 27 Decr from Tarascon
[22:] & that he has advanced
[23:] Alexander 350 frcs more
[24:] & told him that he was going
[25:] to Constantinople etc etc
[pg: 343]

[1:] I sent money to the office
[2:] & then went home;
[3:] Pere Emmanuel called, I
[4:] was furious about P. Pierre's
[5:] having advanced more
[6:] money to Alexander, & that
[7:] he has left in the Turkistan
[8:] without bringing him
[9:] with him;

[10:] Terrooza, wife of Antone
[11:] Marine & her two daughters
[12:] Rosa & Ellen called in
[13:] the day, also Antone called
[14:] in the evening; Johny &
[15:] Artin also called ~

[16:] Light n.w. & fine weather

24 Tuesd Therm 6.34

1899 Jany

[17:] Light n.w. & cold
[18:] weather; at 8 am I called
[19:] on Menusha, Medoola
[20:] my sister, Antone Marine
[21:] & sister Eliza & came
[22:] home at 11 am ~

[23:] The S.S. Baghdad left
[24:] this morning at 4 1/2 am
[25:] sister Medula called
[26:] on us; I took a warm bath
[pg: 344]
[1:] I feel still very nervous &
[2:] weak, I am sleeping
[3:] well, but have much
[4:] debility~

25 Wedn

[A48_344_09:122]

[A48_344_20:123]

1899

Jany

[A48_346_10:124]

1899

Jany

[5:] Light n.w. & fine
[6:] weather; at 8 am I called
[7:] on Georgis Segman to
[8:] console him on the death
[9:] of his brother Kass Yousif
[10:] who died in Beyrout about
[11:] a month ago ~ came
[12:] on board the Mejidieh is
[13:] alongside discharging;

[14:] My wife desiring very much
[15:] to were to Constple to enquire
[16:] if Alexander is there, as
[17:] I had called on M. Habib
[18:] Chiha yesterday evening
[19:] to confer with him & obtain
[20:] the address of his sons
[21:] Yousif & Nejib at Constple.
[22:] & made out the following
[23:] telegram, to be sent
[24:] today;

[25:] " Chiha, Tonietti
[pg: 345]
[1:] "Etude Mizzi
[2:] " Galata
[3:] "Cablèz si Alexandre, Cons =
[4:] "tantinople, Reponse payée
[5:] " Svoboda

[6:] I sent this telegram with my
[7:] servant H. Hamadi ; & I
[8:] came home ; at 11 Hammadi
[9:] brings me a Telegram
[10:] & returns mine not being
[11:] wired; I opened the telegram
[12:] & found it from Alexander
[13:] from Constple; Viz

[14:] "Pera 24/1/99. 4.45 P.m.
[15:] "Svoboda, Baghdad
[16:] "Serai 28 Port Said,
[17:] "Autorisèz Bazin Avancèr
[18:] "700 Voyage désért ~
[19:] " Alexandre

[20:] We could hardly believe it,
[21:] my wife was weeping from
[22:] the rejoice she felt, and
[pg: 346]
[1:] also myself, how and why
[2:] did he do it, we cannot
[3:] guess unless, the letters of
[4:] the 15 Ulto as I have mentioned
[5:] here must have taken effect,

[6:] I called on Habid Chiha to
[7:] confer with him & how to
[8:] do, we thought that it would
[9:] be better & safe not to
[10:] remit to him the 700 francs
[11:] through Bazin, but to
[12:] askin him to pay his passage
[13:] from Port Said to Alexandretta
[14:] & also give him 100 frcs
[15:] & let Alexander know that
[16:] the rest he will find at
[17:] Aleppo from the Ottoman
[18:] Bank; I then called on
[19:] Asfars, saw Yousif Asfar

[20:] Asked him if he can
[21:] draw on Bazin & wire
[22:] to him jointly to pay
[23:] Alexander, we drew
[24:] out a telegram as follows
[pg: 347]

[1:] “Bazin Svoboda
[2:] “PortSaîd
[3:] “Payèz passage Svoboda
[4:] “Alexandretta, plus cent
[5:] “francs, lui rémîmes
[6:] “restant Ottombank Alep,
[7:] “18 Asfar Svoboda
[8:] “[strikeout] mots @ 1 frc. = Frcs 18,,25
[9:] “25/1/99, 2 P.M.;

[10:] I received at 2 P.M. a telegram
[11:] from Mr. Böhm, Vienna

[12:] “Svoboda
[13:] “Bagdad
[14:] “Telegraphièz adresse Alexandre
[15:] “Böhm

[16:] I suppose he must have received
[17:] my letter of the 29 Ulto in which
[18:] I had told all what I had
[19:] done with the Consul here
[20:] & the report to the Austrian
[21:] Consul at Paris, & requested
[22:] him to assist me also in
[23:] getting Alexander out
[pg: 348]
[1:] of Paris through the authoritees
[2:] & I must have omitted
[3:] giving him the adress, I
[4:] thought at the time, that
[5:] he knew it, so I wired
[6:] to him this~

[7:] “Böhm
[8:] “Handelmuseum
[9:] “Vienne
[10:] “Alexander, Constantinople
[11:] “Cablé aujourd’hui partant
[12:] “S dîd
[13:] “Svoboda
[14:] 10 mots; Frcs 4,,85

[15:] All the people heard the news,
[16:] Sister [strikeout] Medula came
[17:] to me;~ I went on board
[18:] at 3 P.M. & copied some
[19:] cargo; left at 5, called
[20:] on Mr. & Mad Danon
[21:] the Jews School master &
[22:] came home; Johny Artin
[23:] their sister Terooza, Antone
[24:] Guilietti, Yousif Metchich
[25:] & Jemil Abdulkerim all
[pg: 349]
[1:] called on us till 8 P.M.,

[2:] Light N.W. & weather
[3:] getting little cloudy;

26’ Thursd.

1899

Jany

[4:] Light N.W. & cloudy all
[5:] over at 7 am it begun to
[6:] rain drizzly~ at 8 ½
[7:] I came on board, the
[8:] streets are getting mudy;
[9:] We are shipping cargo;

[10:] At 11 ½ went to breakfast,
[11:] Eliza would insist to
[12:] wire to Constple to enquire
[13:] if Alexander is there or
[14:] was there; so I sent the
[15:] following

[16:] “Chiha Tonietti
[17:] “Etude Mizzi
[18:] “Galata
[19:] “Informèz si Alexandre
[20:] “Constantinople, reponse
[21:] “payée~ Svoboda
[22:] “12 words [and] 10 for reply
[23:] “G.S.P. 32~

[24:] At 1 P.M. I came on board
[pg: 350]
[1:] The S.S. Mossul arrived
[2:] at 12 am she had left on
[3:] Wednesday last;
[4:] Weather cloudy;

[5:] Mr. Richarz sent a Circular
[6:] round to read & sign for
[7:] the reception tomorrow of
[8:] the birth day of the Emperor
[9:] William II of Germany;
[10:] But he is not going to receive
[11:] any visitors on account
[12:] of his indisposal yet,
[13:] since he had the Small Pox;

[14:] At 5 ½ P.M. I went home
[15:] found Antone Marine; his
[16:] idea about Alexander’s
[17:] telegram from Constple
[18:] are doubtful, & can hardly
[19:] believe it because he has
[20:] many times played tricks
[21:] with us;

[22:] Light N.W. & cloudy
[23:] weather; It rains very
[24:] drizly occasionally,
[pg: 351]

27’ Frid

[1:] At 5 ½ am I came on
[2:] board, cloudy weather,
[3:] it has rained a little;
[4:]

Baghdad to Basreh [27 JAN 1899 --- V048_23_S] (//)

1899

Jany

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
119 1/2 57,167 13,942 3,,4

[6:] At 6,,15 AM. got underway
[7:] & proceeded; clouds clearing
[8:] off~ At 8,,15 passed
[9:] Diala river; some fog came
[10:] blowing down from the
[11:] West; it is getting very fine,

[12:] Gave tickets & finished with
[13:] passengers we have in all 100
[14:] (3 in 1st Class Jacque Rigo an
[15:] Armenian merchant; Saleh
[16:] the son of Mahd Pachachi,
[17:] and an Indian, & two Jewess
[18:] in the 2nd Class Cabin;

[19:] At 2,,30 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[20:] Fort; Clouds are passing
[21:] down from the north;

[22:] At 3,,40 passed the SS.
[23:] Khalifah at Sened going
[24:] up;

[25:] At 4,,30 P.M. passed Azizieh
[26:] Weather getting fine;
[pg: 352]
[1:] Fine weather all clouds have
[2:] disappeared; moon 16 days
[3:] old; it rose at 6,,10 P.M.;

[4:] At 6,,25 we rounded and
[5:] came to at Shedief for the
[6:] night;

28 Satur The @4,,47

[7:] Light N.W. & cloudy a
[8:] little, at 6 AM. left Shedief

[9:] At 8,,45 passed Memlah,
[10:] At 9 landed 3 passengers at
[11:] Bughela & went on at 9,,10,

[12:] At 1,,5 P.M. arrived
[13:] at Coot landed 12 ½ Passeng
[14:] and 92 Packges, also 2500
[15:] Bricks for S Lynch & Co
[16:] for building the wool
[17:] Press here;~ I received
[18:] Henry’s letter & papers; The
[19:] Khalifah had 202000 Okes
[20:] of Cargo & few passengers
[21:] about 80;~ Alfred Holland
[22:] is still here; building the
[23:] house for the wool Press;

[24:] At 4 P.M. left Coot
[pg: 353]
[1:] took 8 passengers (one
[2:] in 1st Class, Rezooki Faraj
[3:] Khedir to Amara)

[4:] At 8 we anchored at
[5:] Aboo Dood for the night, Fine
[6:] clear weather~

29 Sund Th @ 6,,46

1899

Jany

[7:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[8:] At 6,,15 AM. proceeded,

[9:] At 8,,50 passed Ali Gherbi,
[10:] Lots of rain appear to have
[11:] fallen here lately, all is wet,

[12:] At 4,,15 P.M. arrived at
[13:] Amara landed 19 passengers
[14:] (1 in 1st C. Rezooki Faraj)
[15:] and 63 Packages;
[16:] The SS. Ressafah & Barge are
[17:] here on their way up~
[18:] I expected a telegram from
[19:] my wife to let me know the
[20:] answer of mine to Constple
[21:] enquiring if Alexander was
[22:] there last I received none;
[23:] We took 5 Tons of Coal;

[24:] At 6,,10 we left Amara,
[25:] the Ressafah also was leaving
[26:] bound up;~

[27:] At 7,,25 we came to
[pg: 354]
[1:] for the night above Aboo
[2:] Sedra, Fine clear weather,

30 Mond The @ 6,,44

1899

Jany

[3:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[4:] At 6,,5 am proceeded from
[5:] above Aboo Sedra~ At
[6:] 8 passed Kalat Saleh;
[7:] Gave tickets to 9 ½ Amara
[8:] passengers;~

[9:] At 8,,30 grounded at Nafikh
[10:] worked with the Engine and
[11:] got off & proceeded at 8,,55;

[12:] At 11,,25 passed Azair,
[13:] At 11,30 passed the S.S.
[14:] Baghdad & Barge going
[15:] up;

[16:] At 2,,10 P.M. landed 4
[17:] passengers at Gorna & went
[18:] on at 2,,15~
[19:] Weather getting cloudy
[20:] all over~

[21:] Frogs have appeared
[22:] here and out in the Shut el
[23:] Arab for the first time
[24:] the Season;

[25:] Flood tide made up at
[pg: 355]
[1:] Kteban & we are going slow,
[2:] the ship being very light too;

[3:] At 6,,40 arrived at
[4:] Basreh very dark and cloudy
[5:] night; there are no ships
[6:] up here but the main steamer
[7:] Kilwa, the Scarsdale
[8:] Chartered by Yousif Korkis
[9:] their Agents here are Gray
[10:] Mackenzie, & the S.S. Parram
[11:] are in quarantine, the latter
[12:] arrived about 3 days ago;
[13:] Jeboory Asfar sent their Belem
[14:] & asking me to come up
[15:] to them, as Yousif Marine
[16:] Rufail & Rezooki are
[17:] there; I went to them, &
[18:] we all dined & remained
[19:] till 9 P.M. I related to
[20:] them all the news about
[21:] Alexander, some disbelieved
[22:] it; & thought it might be
[23:] a trick, no telegram
[24:] for me from my wife
[25:] & cannot make out the
[26:] cause;~ We went over
[pg: 356]
[1:] to Rufail’s house; the
[2:] two Boxes of samples one
[3:] for me a large Box, and
[4:] one for Rezooki from
[5:] Alois Schweger have
[6:] arrived & cleared from the
[7:] Custum House, they charged
[8:] 108 G. S. P. duty on both;
[9:] Yousif & I slept in the sitting
[10:] room but I could not sleep
[11:] at all;

31 Tuesd

[12:] S. Erly breeze & cloudy
[13:] all over, very little rain
[14:] fell last night; I passed
[15:] a very restless night, without
[16:] sleep & with palpitation
[17:] & nervousness; & cold in
[18:] my head; at 8 am. I
[19:] came on board, I brought
[20:] some of the boxes of samples
[21:] with me~ we are coaling
[22:] discharging & loading
[23:] cargo;

[24:] I felt very miserable today
[25:] feeling very weak & out of
[pg: 357]
[1:] humour, not having slept last
[2:] night;~ Yacoob Eassayi
[3:] called on me, he came down
[4:] in the Khalifah last trip
[5:] to settle his business with
[6:] Jeboory Asfar about the
[7:] Liquorice; Rufail and
[8:] Rezooki came also
[9:] Nessoory Andrea;~
[10:] We worked at night in
[11:] shipping cargo;~
[12:]

Basreh to Baghdad [31 JAN 1899 --- V048_24_N] (//)

1899

Feby

Passeng Okes G. S. Piast Local Draft
114 1/2 233,982 8,261 ,, 4,,8

[14:] At 9,,30 P.M. we left Basreh
[15:] loaded deep ~ Fine weather,
[16:] we have no passengers in
[17:] the Cabins~
[18:] I suffered a most miserable
[19:] night, I went to sleep at 8 ½
[20:] but it was impossible, the
[21:] fright of bell hours striking
[22:] in the Engine room kept me
[23:] awake, with palpitation
[24:] & kept tossing till 12 P.M.
[25:] when I went out aft and
[26:] got my bed & spred it on
[27:] the Hatch, where I could
[pg: 358]
[1:] not hear the bells, it is cold
[2:] but I covered myself well;

1 Wednes Th 6,,49

[3:] Weather very fine & mild,
[4:] Since I came out at 12 last
[5:] night I could not get a sleep
[6:] even outside on the Hatch
[7:] I took whisky & water, and
[8:] still I cannot feel sleepy,

[9:] At 4,,20 am landed a
[10:] passenger at Gorna &
[11:] went on at 4,,25; at 6 I
[12:] took my bed into my cabin,
[13:] having felt then sleepy
[14:] but it is getting broad day
[15:] light; I am suffering
[16:] from weakness, it is the
[17:] same thing with me as
[18:] when I got so some 16
[19:] years ago on board the
[20:] Blosse Lynch & had to
[21:] take leave & stop in Baghdad
[22:] for more than a month,

[23:] At 9,,45 passed Azair
[24:] Finished with the passengers’
[25:] tickets~
[pg: 359]
[1:] We have altogether 57 ½
[2:] Passengers;

[3:] At 2,,55 P.M. picked 3
[4:] Passengers from Kalat Saleh &
[5:] went on at 3;~

[6:] At 8,,5 P.M. arrived at
[7:] Amara landed 13 passengers
[8:] & took 8 ½ Tons of Coal;
[9:] also shipped Packges Hides
[10:] & Sheep Skins etc~ on arrival
[11:] here I received a notice from
[12:] my wife which arrived yesterday
[13:] she says,

[14:] Svoboda, Amara,
[15:] Chiha telegraphie Alexandre
[16:] probablement Egypte
[17:] Eliza

[18:] So it shows that he has been
[19:] really at Constple & has gone
[20:] through Egypte as he wired
[21:] on the 24th Instt~

[22:] At 9,30 we left Amara;
[23:] I took a glass of hot Punch
[24:] & went to bed ~

2 Thursd

[25:] Light N.W. & cloudy a little
[26:] I slept last night well, from
[27:] 10 till 4 am this morning,
[28:] & feel better~

[29:] Gave tickets to 33 Amara
[pg: 360]

[1:] passengers

[2:] At 9,,50 passed Ali
[3:] Gherbi, the river hereabout is
[4:] falling consistently, about
[5:] 5 feet from it's highest rise
[6:] last month;

[7:] I paid the Ship's company
[8:] their wages for January;

[9:] At 3,,45 P.M. passed Sheikh
[10:] Saads; N.W. Wind and cloudy
[11:] in most parts; ~

[12:] At 9,,20 P.M. arrived at
[13:] Coot landed 16 1/2 passengers,
[14:] took no coal; ~ The Ressafah
[15:] had left this morning, &
[16:] the Baghdad about 2 hours
[17:] ago; I advanced Alfred
[18:] Holland 30 Mejidies on
[19:] account of the expenses for the
[20:] building of the Wool Press,

[21:] At 10,,30 We left Coot,
[22:] I again had no sleep and
[23:] kept so till aftermidnight

3 Frid Therm. @ 6.44

1899 Feby

[24:] Light N.W. & fine weather

[25:] At 6,,15 Am passed
[26:] Memlah; I slept from 1
[27:] am till about 5, but I
[pg: 361]

[1:] feel weak & not refreshing,

[2:] At 6,,45 we passed
[3:] the S.S. Baghdad & Barge
[4:] bound up; There is a little
[5:] rise in the river~

[6:] Gave tickets to 11 Coot
[7:] passengers,~

[8:] The SS. Mossul was at
[9:] Coot last night , bound
[10:] down she was on the opposite
[11:] side along Eassayi's Press,
[12:] shipping Liquorice;

[13:] At 2,,30 P.M. passed
[14:] Azizieh Village;

[15:] At 5,,50 P.M. passed
[16:] the S.S. Khalifah going
[17:] down just at Baghdadieh
[18:] Fort ~ Light N.W. and
[19:] fine weather;

[20:] I turned in at 8 1/2 but again
[21:] I could not get a sleep, The
[22:] palpitation of my heart & fright
[23:] & the ringing of the Bell, although
[24:] I drunk Punch & am very
[25:] sleepy; at 12 I took my bed
[26:] out on the hatch & laid down
[27:] it is cold, but I have lost my
[28:] sleep & could not dose off
[pg: 362]

4 Satur, Therm. @ 6.46

1899 Feby

[1:] At 1,,30 AM. We passed
[2:] the Ressafah & Barge going
[3:] up at Temreh ~ At
[4:] 4 I again went into my
[5:] Cabin after a useless attempt
[6:] to sleep; We passed
[7:] Ctesiphon at 3 and
[8:] Diala at about 5 1/2~
[9:] I dosed off at about 5 for
[10:] 1/2 hour & awoke shivering

[11:] At 7 we went alongside
[12:] the bank at the Bridge of
[13:] Gherrarah & landed at
[14:] Horse, I feel so very weak
[15:] that I could not get out
[16:] of my bed, at 7,,10 we
[17:] went on ~ Fine clear &
[18:] cold weather; Light Erly
[19:] breeze;

[20:] At 9,,30 landed the mails
[21:] at the Residency, steamed up to
[22:] the Custum House, no other steamers
[23:] are here; I went home found
[24:] Eliza unwell in bed &
[25:] Antone Marine her brother
[26:] there; She has had an attack
[27:] of diarrhea & vomiting some
[28:] 4 days ago at night and
[pg: 363]

[1:] had the fever, but she is a little
[2:] better; I was too weak to
[3:] speak & relate my sufferings
[4:] to & sleeplessness; so we
[5:] are both convalescent; I
[6:] found the telegram from
[7:] Chiha Tonietti from Constple
[8:] arrived here on the 31st Jany
[9:] they say,

[10:] "Pera, 31/1/99
[11:] "Svoboda, Bagdad,
[12:] "Suivant renseignements
[13:] "Alexandre, probablement
[14:] "Egypte~ Tonietti, Chiha,

[15:] It has no meaning to my
[16:] enquiry; we cannot Know
[17:] certain whether Alexander has
[18:] really been to Constple or
[19:] this only guess that he must
[20:] be in Egypte; Antone, Pere
[21:] Emmanuel & others doubt it,
[22:] & that he must again have
[23:] been playing trick to get
[24:] the money from Bazin;
[25:] found also a letter from
[26:] Yousif Serpos with the Photo
[27:] of himself wife & children,
[28:] also a letter from Böhm,
[pg: 364]
[1:] Vienna in which he mentions
[2:] of our Emperor Francis Joseph’s
[3:] 50 Years Reign’s Jubilee
[4:] past off well & he has been
[5:] presented with a decoration
[6:] for both his military &
[7:] Civil Service etc~
[8:] After breakfast I had a short
[9:] nap but the palpitation of
[10:] my heart & the sinkness of
[11:] breath are troubling me much,

[12:] The Ressafah arrived at
[13:] about 6 P.M.~

[14:] Johny my nephew called in
[15:] the evening; S. Erly wind

5 Sund Th @ 6. 48

[A48_365_09:125]

[16:] Strong S. Erly wind and
[17:] Cloudy; Eliza is unable to
[18:] go to church, I went at 8
[19:] Am to Sister Medula &
[20:] then went together to church,

[21:] I slept very well & sound
[22:] last night & feel much
[23:] refreshed;~ I called with Johny
[24:] on Chiha, Antone Marine,
[25:] Abduljebbar Effendi, Eliza &
[26:] Adoola my cousins; on Yaghchi
[27:] Guilietti, & Menusha & came
[28:] home at 12~ It is
[pg: 365]
[1:] blowing strong S.E. & cloudy
[2:] thretening weather, few
[3:] drops of rain came & passed
[4:] away, but kept blowing,
[5:] at 3 P.M. I called on Sister
[6:] Eliza, & thence with Johny
[7:] Called on the Monseigneur
[8:] Altmayer who is in bed &
[9:] suffering from the Gout, we
[10:] sat with Père Augustin~
[11:] We also went to visit Sister
[12:] Medoola & I came home at
[13:] 5 P.M. Antone came for
[14:] an hour; Blowing still
[15:] hard but it is fine~

[16:] The SS. Baghdad arrived at
[17:] about 2 P.M.;

6’ Mond Th @ 6. 50

1899 Feby

[18:] S. Erly wind & little cloudy,
[19:] at 8 Am I came on board,
[20:] We went alongside to discharge
[21:] cargo; having discharged also
[22:] on Saturday some~

[23:] I went to the Office at 11 for
[24:] some English Sovereigns; &
[25:] came home at 11~

[26:] I sent a telegram today
[27:] at 10 Am to Yousif Serpos in
[28:] Cairo as my wife is very
[29:] anxious to know if
[pg: 366]
[1:] Alexander is really in
[2:] Egypt~

[3:] “ Serpos, Caire
[4:] “ Informèz si Alexandre
[5:] “ Venu Egypte
[6:] “ 8 words Svoboda
[7:] “ Frcs 8,,

[8:] I took a warm bath; Weather
[9:] became cloudy & windy;
[10:] It begun to get dark at 7 P.M.
[11:] with lightning on the Eastern
[12:] parts & by 8 a strong squall
[13:] came shifting the wind to
[14:] West & north, and it rained
[15:] heavy for ½ hour & then
[16:] it cleared off & became
[17:] fine~

7’ Tuesd Th @ 6. 44

[A48_366_21:126]

[A48_367_08:127]

[18:] Modte S. Westerly & fine
[19:] at 8 am. I came on board,
[20:] We are discharging still,
[21:] I went home at 10, called
[22:] on the Assyrian Bishop Aghnatius
[23:] to condole him on the death
[24:] of his mother at Mardin
[25:] the day before; she was about
[26:] 78 years old and I had
[pg: 367]
[1:] seen her at Deir in 1891
[2:] on my way to Europe~

[3:] At 4 P.M. Eliza & I went over
[4:] to Sister Medula & Grzesiki,
[5:] & got our dinner there & dined
[6:] with them, Artin came and
[7:] also dined; at 9 we left~
[8:] There is a marriage to night
[9:] taking place between Naoomy
[10:] son of Behnan Sabbagh and
[11:] the daughter of Fetoohi Toma
[12:] Loca~

8 Wednes Th @ 6. 43

1899 Feby

[A48_368_17:128]

[13:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[14:] Weather; At 8 ½ AM. I came
[15:] on board; The Ressafah
[16:] is inside of us at the Custum
[17:] House loading to leave
[18:] today~ The river begun
[19:] to rise since last night &
[20:] has risen about 2 feet;

[21:] I went to the Ottoman Bank
[22:] as Mr. Kritchly the Director
[23:] wished to see me, he has
[24:] got the B of Lading for 10,00
[25:] Empty boxes of dates sent
[26:] out to [illegible] by Mr. Alois
[27:] Schweiger of Vienna to
[28:] pay the Bank 31. £ Stg
[pg: 368]
[1:] & obtain the Bill of Lading
[2:] from them, I refused to
[3:] do so now, until I
[4:] go to Basreh & see if Rufail
[5:] Sayegh will buy them,
[6:] as they had not arrived yet,

[7:] I went to breakfast at
[8:] 11~

[9:] The SS. Ressafah & Barge
[10:] left at 12~

[11:] At 2 P.M. I came on
[12:] board, We are shipping
[13:] cargo~ Weather is getting
[14:] cloudy~

[15:] At 4 P.M. Went on shore called
[16:] on Shekoory Sayegh, saw
[17:] his mother Catherina & his
[18:] Wife Takoohy; they have
[19:] bought the house of Yousif
[20:] Sayegh from the brothers
[21:] Pere Augustin & Père Jean
[22:] & their Sister Catherina
[23:] for 500 T. Liras & they are
[24:] going to shift into it next
[25:] Week; I came home
[26:] found Sister Medula &
[27:] Giuseppina my niece
[pg: 369]
[1:] there;~ Artin called in
[2:] the evening;

[3:] Eliza & I do not feel well
[4:] at all, she is suffering from
[5:] the sorrow about Alexander
[6:] & I am very weak too, &
[7:] nervous debility and
[8:] my stomach is very weak

[9:] Light N.W. & fine;

9 Thursd Th @ 6. 45

1899 Feby

[A48_369_19:129]

[10:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[11:] at 8 AM I came on board

[12:] The river is falling about
[13:] ½ foot~

[14:] The Ressafah which had
[15:] left yesterday noon, came to
[16:] Grief at Kerradah, her Boiler
[17:] is leaking, it has been
[18:] repaired & she left this
[19:] morning; The newly appointed
[20:] Nadir of the Custum House
[21:] of Baghdad Husny Beg
[22:] who arrived here about 15
[23:] days Ago went down in
[24:] her to Basreh~

[25:] I wrote two letters of todays
[26:] date & Post of Damascus
[27:] Registered one to Mr. Böhm
[pg: 370]
[1:] and one for Blanche to Constple
[2:] all about Alexander and
[3:] Kept Copies~

[4:] At 11 went to breakfast
[5:] & came on board at 12 ½;
[6:] We are shipping Cargo;

[7:] The Baghdad is also loading
[8:] & leaves tomorrow~

[9:] At 5 P.M. I went home,
[10:] Père Emmanuel called
[11:] also Johny my nephew;

[12:] Light S. Erly & fine;

10 Friday

[13:] Light Air & little cloudy

[14:] I awoke at 2 ½ Am &
[15:] could not sleep; at
[16:] 5 ¼ Came on board

[17:] River has Again risen
[18:] since last night of about
[19:] 1 foot (4 bricks)
[pg: 371]

Baghdad to Basreh [10 FEB 1899 --- V048_25_S] (//)

1899

Feby

Passgers Okes G. S. Piast Draft
132 1/2 68219 13,184 3,,5

[1:] At 6 AM. We got underway
[2:] & proceeded; The Baghdad
[3:] also left about 5 minutes
[4:] before us & we passed
[5:] her soon; Weather cloudy
[6:] & light S. Erly Air~

[7:] At 7,,40 passed Diala
[8:] river, cloudy all over;

[9:] At 8,,45 passed Ctesiphon,
[10:] Gave tickets & finished with
[11:] the passengers; We have
[12:] altogether 117 ½ (4 in 1st
[13:] Class, a Turk Mahd Memdooh
[14:] Beg & his wife, a Jew Yousif
[15:] Moshi, & Jemil son of Elias
[16:] Serkis, and Artin Awannessian
[17:] in 2nd Class all for Basreh)

[18:] At 1,,20 P.M. passed
[19:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[20:] At 3,,30 passed Azizieh,
[21:] still very cloudy all over,
[22:] We caught the rise of the last
[23:] four days,~

[24:] At 5,,55 P.M. we anchored
[pg: 372]
[1:] at Deboony, very cloudy, &
[2:] dark, with drops of rain &
[3:] S.Ely breeze; It rained
[4:] during the night for a long
[5:] time & remained cloudy

11 Satur Th@6.50

[A48_372_10:130]

[6:] Light S.Ely & cloudy,
[7:] it rained drizzly all the
[8:] night until 2 am ~

[9:] At 6 am. we left Deboony;
[10:] At 7,,35 passed Memlah;
[11:] At 9.45 passed the S.S.
[12:] Khalifah going up at Algayah
[13:] I saw Alfred Holland from
[14:] Coot, also Yacoob Eassayi

[15:] At 11.35 arrived at Coot
[16:] landed 9 passengers and
[17:] 147 Packages (120 Bags of
[18:] Juss & Lime for Lynch’s wool
[19:] Press, @ 1 ½ GSP. per bag of
[20:] 80 Okes); I received Henry’s
[21:] letter & Papers, the Khalifah
[22:] had 210,000 Okes & about
[23:] 100 passengers; ~

[24:] At 1,,10 P.M. we left
[25:] Coot, Took 11 passengers
[pg: 373]
[1:] wind shifted to N. Wester
[2:] but is still cloudy all
[3:] over;

[4:] At 4.50 passed Sheikh
[5:] Saad; A modte N.W.
[6:] wind blowing & the clouds
[7:] are clearing off from the
[8:] North & N.West ~

[9:] At 5,,50 we rounded &
[10:] came to for the night; the
[11:] clouds are not cleared off,
[12:] yet only from the North is
[13:] getting fine ~ Moon
[14:] appeared two days old,

[15:] At 8,,10 the SS. Mossul &
[16:] Barge passed up;

12th Sund Th@6.44

1899

Feby

[17:] Modte N.W. breeze & fine
[18:] At 4 AM. the SS. Baghdad
[19:] & Barge passed down;

[20:] At 5,,45 we proceeded, It
[21:] became foggy; At 6,15 we
[22:] anchored too foggy ~

[23:] At 7,,30 cleared off we
[24:] proceeded;

[25:] Today being the first day
[26:] of the Ramadan Holyday

[27:] At 8,,20 anchored again
[28:] it became foggy and
[pg: 374]
[1:] at 8,,40 proceeded, having
[2:] cleared off ~ Breeze shifted
[3:] to S. East & brought back
[4:] the fog ~

[5:] At 9,,5 passed Ali Gherbi
[6:] & at 9,,15 anchored below
[7:] the village it became again
[8:] foggy ~

[9:] At 10,,20 fog lifted
[10:] up we proceeded; but it
[11:] remained covering all the
[12:] sky like a cloudy weather,

[13:] Weather getting very cloudy
[14:] & dark clouds with
[15:] lightning & rain on the
[16:] Northern part ~

[17:] At 3,,10 P.M. passed the
[18:] SS Baghdad proceeding
[19:] down; It became very
[20:] cloudy all over dark
[21:] and raining very gloomy
[22:] & blowing strong S.W.
[23:] wind, very thretening
[24:] weather;

[25:] At 4 ½ rain ceased &
[pg: 375]
[1:] clouds opening on the west
[2:] & north;

[3:] At 5,,35 P.M. arrived at
[4:] Amara, landed 17 ½ Passengers
[5:] an 34 Packages; Very
[6:] wet & muddy from the
[7:] rain, the weather is still
[8:] very cloudy gloomy & dark,
[9:] They have had lots of rain
[10:] here, last night & this after-
[11:] noon; No telegram for
[12:] me from Baghdad about
[13:] the answer of Yousif Serpos
[14:] telegram I sent him on
[15:] the 6th enquiring if Alexander
[16:] had come to Egypt;

[17:] At 6.35 the SS. Baghdad
[18:] came down; ~ Wind
[19:] shifted to N.West, but is
[20:] still very cloudy & dark,

13th Mond Th@6.46

1899

Feby

[A48_377_01:131]

[21:] Light N.W. & cloudy weather
[22:] the SS. Baghdad left at 3
[23:] am ~

[24:] The SS Phrat & Barge
[25:] arrived from Basreh at
[pg: 376]
[1:] 5,,30 ~

[2:] At 5,,30 we also left
[3:] Amara; Clouds clearing
[4:] up from the North; ~Took
[5:] 4 passengers (one in 1st Class
[6:] Kasim Khdery) ~

[7:] The river is very high in
[8:] these parts it is nearly in a
[9:] level with the bank; ~

[10:] At 11,15 passed Azair

[11:] At 2,,10 P.M. passed Gorna
[12:] & at 2,,20 P.M. passed the
[13:] SS. Baghdad steaming down,
[14:] Flood tide making,
[15:] Breeze shifted to N. East &
[16:] the clouds are still covering
[17:] the sky;

[18:] At 6,,30 P.M.
[19:] arrived at Basreh, Fine
[20:] clear weather, breeze
[21:] from N Wester very light;
[22:] no steamers here, but there
[23:] are the mailboat Pemba
[24:] & the Turkistan the latter
[25:] arrived 3 days ago, and
[pg: 377]
[1:] Père Pièrre & P. Jean are
[2:] on board of her; ~ no
[3:] Belem came from Rufail
[4:] & I was waiting all the
[5:] time I was very disappointed
[6:] & took dinner on board,
[7:] when at 8 ½ Rezooki came
[8:] to me he was in Basreh,
[9:] & Rufail is up at Shaybieh
[10:] with his Uncle Yousif; so
[11:] he pressed on me to go
[12:] with him to their house
[13:] & I went, but could not
[14:] sleep at all; the big room
[15:] is too cold & I had lost
[16:] my sleep;

14 Tuesd.

1899

Feby

[A48_378_07:132]

[A48_378_16:133]

[A48_378_22:134]

[A48_379_22:135]

1899 Febry

[17:] Very sharp cold N.W.
[18:] wind ~ at 7 ½ am. Rezooki
[19:] & I went down to the quarantine
[20:] station & went alongside
[21:] the SS. Turkistan to see
[22:] P. Pierre, they were at breakfast
[23:] & had to wait at the
[24:] ladder, he came & also
[25:] P. Jean; P. Pièrre seems
[26:] not to know anything
[pg: 378]
[1:] at all about Alexander’s
[2:] story, he saw no one to
[3:] tell him, he had not been
[4:] to London; he did not see
[5:] Ibrahim Gejou, but he
[6:] says that when Alexander
[7:] came to see him in Paris,
[8:] he had told him of his intention
[9:] of marrying but since
[10:] his father had objected
[11:] he therefore gave it up,
[12:] we left after ½ hour &
[13:] I came on board ~
[14:] We are discharging &
[15:] loading;

[16:] I received by this Bombay
[17:] mail the first numbers of
[18:] French Paper L’Eclair to
[19:] which I subscribed myself
[20:] from the 1st of Jany for
[21:] one year ~

[22:] Nassoory Andrea came
[23:] to me; The two Bycicles
[24:] one for Johny & one for
[25:] me I ordered it for
[pg: 379]
[1:] my son Alexander have
[2:] arrived I cleared them from
[3:] the Custum House & paid
[4:] duty of 144 G S P. on both,
[5:] valuing them @ 900 G S P.
[6:] each, he will send them
[7:] up in the Khalifah”

[8:] Rezooki Sayegh came to me
[9:] for an hour.

[10:] We have all the Cabins taken
[11:] Mr. & Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Richards
[12:] of Lynch Brothers office, Dr.
[13:] Sturrock of the missionary
[14:] & an Engineer for the Comet
[15:] Mr. J.J. Walmsley coming
[16:] from the SS. Laurence from
[17:] Bushire all in the 4 1st Class
[18:] & Ali Beg Zheir in a 2nd
[19:] Class Cabin;

[20:] At 5 P.M. Rufail came to
[21:] me, he came down from
[22:] Shaebyeh, we had a long talk
[23:] about Alexander & my
[24:] state of despair & told him
[25:] that I intend to resign as
[26:] my health does not
[pg: 380]
[1:] permits me to serve any
[2:] longer; I feel so weak and
[3:] unable to sleep; he advised
[4:] me not to do it for the present,
[5:] & to try & resist it as much
[6:] as I can etc______,

[7:] We finished loading deep
[8:] down to 4,,10, by 10 P.M ;

Basreh to Baghdad [15 FEB 1899 --- V048_26_N] (//)

Passengers Okes G. S. P. Local Draft
82 1/2 235,664, 4,398 1/4 4,9

[10:] At 10,,50 P.M. we got
[11:] underway, but after 10 minutes
[12:] had to anchor on account
[13:] of fog came on just opposite
[14:] Rufail's house ~

15 Wedn

[A48_381_18:136]

1899 Feby

[15:] At 0,,30 AM. we proceeded
[16:] fog cleared off ~ at 3,,30
[17:] again it came on we anchored
[18:] At 4,,30 proceeded
[19:] very calm weather ;

[20:] I slept pretty well last night
[21:] better than I expected; but
[22:] my tooth ache troubled
[23:] me much ~
[pg: 381]

[1:] At 8,,15 passed Gorna
[2:] Finished with the passengers
[3:] tickets; We have in all
[4:] 55 (5 in 1st Class; Mr. & Mrs
[5:] Taylor, Mr. Richards head
[6:] of Lynch Brothers Clerks,
[7:] they are all free; Dr. Sturrock
[8:] with a Retn Deck passage
[9:] but occupying 1st Class,
[10:] & Mr. Walmsley Engineer for
[11:] the Comet; and 2 in 2d
[12:] Class Ali Beg son of Kassim
[13:] Pasha Zheir & one with
[14:] him ; ~

[15:] At 1 P.M. passed Azair
[16:] At 4,,55 got detained at Nafikh
[17:] in shoal water & could not hit
[18:] the channel, the river is very
[19:] high here; in a level with the
[20:] bank; breeze shifted to
[21:] S. Est; ~ We dropped down
[22:] & tryed the other side of the
[23:] west bank & found good
[24:] water & went on at 7 P.M.
[25:] Fine weather & moonlight
[pg: 382]
[1:] night, moon 5 days old,

[2:] At 7,,40 P.M. landed 2
[3:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[4:] & went on at 7,45 ~

16 Thursd

[5:] At 1,30 AM. arrived at
[6:] Amara landed 11 1/2 passengers
[7:] took 8 Tons of Coal;

[8:] At 2,50 left Amara,
[9:] Light S. Ely & fine weather;
[10:] Gave tickets to 9 Amara
[11:] passengers, the river is very
[12:] high at Amara, but
[13:] today it begun to show
[14:] its fall further up;

[15:] At 3,,20 P.M passed
[16:] Ali Gherbi ~ River falling,
[17:] weather little cloudy in the
[18:] afternoon ~

17 Frid

[19:] At 3 AM. arrived at
[20:] Coot, landed 5 passengers
[21:] & 1 Bale P. goods, Took
[22:] 4 Tons Coal & finished
[23:] at 4 am, but remained
[pg: 383]
[1:] until the morning, as
[2:] Taylor wanted to see
[3:] the new Wool Press
[4:] house getting built ~

[5:] At 6,,50 am we left
[6:] Coot, Took 12 1/2 passengers

[7:] Abduljebbar the Lawyer
[8:] wired from Azizieh to
[9:] Capt Cowley wanting to
[10:] go up with us in all 4
[11:] persons; ~

[12:] At 2,,10 P.m. passed
[13:] Memlah ~

[14:] At 6,,50 passed the S.S.
[15:] Khalifah bound down at
[16:] Shedief ~

[17:] At 10,10 P.M took
[18:] from Azisieh Abduljebbar
[19:] Effendi & his followers Six
[20:] persons in all & went on
[21:] charged them passage at 2
[22:] Mejidies each;

18 Satur Therm @ 6.46

1899 Feby

Mr. Felix Faure President of the French Republic died on 16 th @ 10 P.M. from Cerebral Hemorrhages aged 59

[A48_385_27:137]

1899 Feby

[23:] Light n.w. & fine weather
[24:] at 1,30 am. passed
[25:] Baghdadieh Fort;
[pg: 384]

[1:] Detained in shoal water
[2:] at Bostan from 8,30 till
[3:] 8,45 a.m. ; River is
[4:] falling;

[5:] Abduljebbar & his followers
[6:] are on Hatch, he breakfasted
[7:] with us;

[8:] At 11 am passed Ctesiphon
[9:] the smoke of the S.S. Phrat
[10:] is in sight ahead of us;

[11:] At 1,30 P.m passed
[12:] Diala river ~

[13:] At 2,30 landed a
[14:] Deckman at Gherranah
[15:] with letters & went on;

[16:] At 4,35 P.M. landed
[17:] the mails at the Residency
[18:] & went up to the Custum
[19:] House; we saw the
[20:] Consul's flag stafs half
[21:] masted flag; we were
[22:] told that the President of
[23:] the french Republic Mr.
[24:] Felix Faure died suddenly
[pg: 385]
[1:] from appoplexy,
[2:] in Paris the night before,

[3:] I went home saw Eliza, she
[4:] is much grieved & unwell
[5:] on account of Alexanders
[6:] news; I found a letter from
[7:] him to his mother which
[8:] was enclosed in Antoine
[9:] Guilietti’s letter, it is dated
[10:] the 19 Jany from Paris (so
[11:] it showes that he has not left
[12:] for Constple & that his telegram
[13:] from this town of the 24th Jany
[14:] was false) he complains
[15:] awfully for his state of life
[16:] & wanting money & begs to
[17:] his mother to be allowed to
[18:] marry the girl otherwise he
[19:] will commit suicide & finish
[20:] with this world & other
[21:] stupid talks, which made
[22:] me very vexed; & the worse
[23:] still is that I received a
[24:] letter from P. Pièrre from
[25:] Port Said of the 21 Jany
[26:] telling me that Alexander
[27:] wrote to him from Zurich
[28:] in Switzerland to Marseilles
[pg: 386]
[1:] asking him to advance
[2:] him 250 frcs, & as soon as
[3:] he receives it, he will leave
[4:] for Constple & he sent it
[5:] to him like a fool, and
[6:] I was terribly angry; he
[7:] says that he has now
[8:] advanced him in all 1,350
[9:] francs; ~

[10:] Johny called on us for an
[11:] hour; ~

[12:] Light S. Ely & fine ;
[13:] There are the Mossul and
[14:] Phrat here, the latter arrived
[15:] at 3 am this morning;

19 Sund.

[A48_387_01:138]

[A48_387_13:139]

[16:] Strong S. Ely wind &
[17:] cloudy squally weather,
[18:] at 9 am we went to Church
[19:] I called on Antone Marine,
[20:] & on Asfar where I saw
[21:] Monseigeur Altmayer
[22:] he has come there since
[23:] yesterday as he is suffering
[24:] of Rheumatism on his
[25:] Knees, & has been recommended
[26:] a hot bath in a public
[pg: 387]
[1:] bath in the bazaar, he
[2:] went yesterday to the Shorjeh
[3:] Bath & he feels better
[4:] a little; ~ I came home
[5:] at 11; Mr. Guilietti & others
[6:] called on us ~
[7:] At 2 P.M. I called on Sister
[8:] Medula & then on
[9:] sister Eliza; very strong
[10:] wind & cloudy dusty
[11:] weather;

[12:] Antoine Guilietti called
[13:] in the evening till 8 P.M.
[14:] he says that Alexander
[15:] wrote to him to ask him
[16:] that should his father &
[17:] mother consent to let him
[18:] marry that he should
[19:] telegraph to him; ~

20’ Mond Therm @ 6.59

1899

Feby

[A48_388_15:140]

[20:] S. Ely wind & mild weather,
[21:] at 8 am I called on Henry's
[22:] wife & then came on board;

[23:] The Mossul is loading
[24:] & will leave tomorrow ~

[25:] I went home at 11 ~ I took
[26:] a warm bath;
[27:] Shekoory Sayegh called in the
[28:] evening ~
[pg: 388]
[1:] Weather cloudy~
[2:] S. Erly wind & dark;

21’ Tuesd.

[A48_389_01:141]

[A48_389_05:142]

[A48_389_09:143]

[3:] S. Erly breeze & cloudy; it
[4:] thundered & rained very little
[5:] last night since12 oclock,

[6:] At 8 ½ am I came on
[7:] board, took my Certificate
[8:] of the German Consular
[9:] protection to be endorsed
[10:] for this year & pay the fees
[11:] of 25 G S. P.~

[12:] The SS. Mossul left at
[13:] 6 am;~

[14:] I went home & at 9 went to
[15:] the Latin Church, were a high
[16:] mass & requiem was
[17:] celebrated for the repose of
[18:] Mr. Felix Faure the President
[19:] of the French Republic
[20:] all the foreign consuls
[21:] were, Major Melville &
[22:] with him Antone Marine,
[23:] Mons. Grougloff the Russian
[24:] & his Chancelier, Mr. Richarz
[25:] the German & his Chancelier
[26:] Dr. Hesse; Mr. Hürner
[pg: 389]
[1:] the American consular
[2:] Agent & his Dragoman honorary
[3:] Habib Cheeha; & Mons
[4:] Rouèt the french Vice
[5:] Consul & his Dragoman
[6:] Shawrize, all the Consuls
[7:] in their uniforms; also
[8:] the Chaldean Pathriarch &
[9:] the Bishop Gabriel, & the
[10:] Assyrian Bishop Aghnatius,
[11:] With the Choir & Brass band;
[12:] At 10 I left & came on
[13:] board;~

[14:] At 11 I went home; S. Erly &
[15:] cloudy a little;

[16:] Antone Marine called in the
[17:] evening for an hour;

[18:] I heard that a new President
[19:] for the French Republic has
[20:] been chosen a Monsr.
[21:] Roubet; Shortly after the
[22:] death of Felix Faure;

22’ Wedn Th 6,,38

1899

Feby

[A48_399_04:144]

[23:] Modte N.W. & fine cold
[24:] morning;

[25:] Sister Medula & Grzesiki
[26:] called on us at 9;~ I
[27:] came on board at 10 ½
[pg: 390]
[1:] we are alongside the bank
[2:] discharging;~

[3:] I heard that the Waly of
[4:] Baghdad Atta Alla
[5:] Pasha is dismissed,
[6:] he has been ill for a long
[7:] time suffuring from
[8:] Dropsy~

[9:] Went to breakfast at
[10:] 11 1/2 ~ I called on Naoom
[11:] Loca to pay him a visit;

[12:] At 2 ½ P.M. I came on
[13:] board; we are shipping
[14:] some cargo;

[15:] At 4 ½ went home & then called
[16:] on Catterina Yaghchi where
[17:] my wife had gone & then we
[18:] went to Antone Marine
[19:] spent the evening & came
[20:] home at 8 P.M., Weather
[21:] cold since this morning,

23 Thursd. Th @ 6,,38

1899

[22:] Light N.W. & fine cold
[23:] weather; at 8 am. I
[24:] came on board; This is the
[25:] last cold we are going to have

[26:] The river rose one foot
[pg: 391]
[1:] last night~

[2:] I wrote two letters for today’s
[3:] Damascus Post, one for Mr.
[4:] Allois Schweiger Vienna copy
[5:] I kept; & one for Mr. J. Böhm
[6:] Vienna & told him about
[7:] Alexander being still in Paris
[8:] & his adress still at 124
[9:] Rue des Rennes; & asked to
[10:] try & get him sent out, also
[11:] told him about Schweiger;

[12:] At 10 ½ I went to breakfast
[13:] & returned at 12 am;
[14:] We are getting a lot of
[15:] Persian Pilgrims for Mecca
[16:] the deck is full;

[17:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge
[18:] arrived at 2 P.M.;

[19:] At 4 P.M. we finished the
[20:] loading, also the SS. Phrat,

[21:] At 5 I went home,
[22:] the Damascus Mail has
[23:] arrived & I only received
[24:] a letter from Mr. Schweiger
[25:] Vienna & none from
[26:] Alexander;

[27:] Johny & Artin called in
[28:] the evening till 8 P.M.
[pg: 392]

24 Frid

Feby

[A48_392_02:145]

[A48_393_10:146]

[A48_393_16:147]

[1:] Light N.W. & fine weath
[2:] at 5 am I came on board,
[3:] the river rose more than
[4:] two feet altogether;

Baghdad to Basreh [24 FEB 1899 --- V048_27_S] (//)

1899

Feby

Passng Okes G. S. Piast Draft 3,,4
269 34,249 17,735 3,,4

[6:] The SS. Phrat left at 5 ½ am
[7:] At 6,,5 we proceeded;
[8:] S. Erly breeze & few clouds;
[9:] At 7,,50 passed Diala
[10:] We passed the Phrat at
[11:] Gherrara~

[12:] At 8,,45 we stopped &
[13:] landed Naoom Loca &
[14:] his son Phillip at Menary
[15:] just below Gusseiba
[16:] on the West bank where
[17:] he has two stations of
[18:] Liquorice collecting for
[19:] G. Asfar; at 9 we went
[20:] on;~

[21:] At 9,,5 passed Ctesiphon
[22:] At 10,,30 passed the SS.
[pg: 393]

[1:] Khalifah going up at
[2:] Bostan;~ Fresh S. Erly
[3:] wind;

[4:] Finished with the Passenger
[5:] tickets we have in all
[6:] 240 (6 in 1st Class Cabins
[7:] Mr. Richards of Lynch Broths
[8:] free returning with us &
[9:] 2 deck people with him,
[10:] Mr. Banyar the Engineer
[11:] of the Comet with through
[12:] ticket; & 4 Persians (3
[13:] women & 1 man being
[14:] pilgrims, also 3 Persian
[15:] women in 2nd Class);

[16:] Yousif Metchich my friend
[17:] of Aleppo is also going
[18:] to Basreh & back, he
[19:] paid a deck passage;

[20:] At 1,,35 P.m. passed
[21:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[22:] At 3,,20 passed Azizieh
[23:] Fine clear weather and
[24:] moon 14 days old

[25:] At 7,,50 passed Memlah
[pg: 394]
[1:] We are going on to Coot,
[2:] the steamer is light, the
[3:] river is high & the weather
[4:] is very fine, and the
[5:] SS. Phrat will steam on
[6:] following us~

[7:] At 9,,45 we passed the
[8:] S.S. Ressafah & Barge going
[9:] up;

[10:] At 12 arrived at Coot
[11:] landed 23 ½ passengers &
[12:] 20 Packages; hauled out
[13:] & remained for the night;

[14:] [strikeout]~ I received
[15:] Henry letter & my papers;
[16:] the Khalifah has 263000
[17:] Okes Cargo & about 90 Passeng,

25 Satur

[18:] Modte S. Erly breeze &
[19:] fine, the Phrat [strikeout] arrived at
[20:] 4,,30 am~ We left at
[21:] 5,,50~ Took 4 Passengers

[22:] Weather getting little
[23:] cloudy~
[pg: 395]
[1:] At 0,,10 P.M. passed
[2:] Ali Gherbi;~

[3:] At 7,,55 P.M. arrived
[4:] at Amara landed 11 passengers
[5:] & 15 packages; took 3
[6:] Tons Coal~

[7:] At 9,,30 left Amara,
[8:] fine moonlight & clear night,

26 Sund

1899 Feby

[A48_395_16:148]

[A48_396_04:149]

[9:] & At 0,,30 am we dropped
[10:] anchor above Kalat Saleh,

[11:] At 5,,30 proceeded,
[12:] S. Erly breeze & clouds on
[13:] the S. Erly horizon~
[14:] Took 25 passengers from
[15:] Amara (one a French man
[16:] Mons. F. Vienne employed
[17:] in the Règie of Tobacco who
[18:] had come down in the Khalifah
[19:] and wanted a 1st Class but
[20:] have none, so he put up
[21:] on the quarter Deck aft);

[22:] At 8,,50 passed Azair
[23:] At 11,,45 landed 11 passengers
[24:] at Gorna & went on at 11,,50

[25:] S. Erly wind but fine
[pg: 396]

[1:] At 4,,15 P.M. arrived at
[2:] Basreh, no steamers are
[3:] here except the mail steamer
[4:] Patna in quarantine &
[5:] The Malamir; We are
[6:] going to stay 2 days here
[7:] for letting our Engineers
[8:] put the new steam steering
[9:] gears arrived for the "Blosse
[10:] Lynch".~

[11:] Rufail & Rezooki came
[12:] on board, I went then with
[13:] them to their house, but
[14:] we carried on Jeboory Asfar
[15:] on my way to see P. Pièrre
[16:] but him & P. Jèan are in
[17:] Basreh, We sat with Jeboory
[18:] & his wife till 6 P.M., &
[19:] then went to Rufail's house
[20:] found there Yousif Marine
[21:] we talked about Alexander
[22:] & read to them his letter
[23:] to his mother of the 19th
[24:] Jany; Yousif seems to be
[25:] against the idea of Eliza's
[26:] going to Paris to
[pg: 397]
[1:] bring him, & Rufail
[2:] does not show a strong
[3:] inclination of accompanying
[4:] her. & so every one talked
[5:] what fancies to himself;
[6:] Yousif and I slept in the big
[7:] room,~ Light S. Erly
[8:] breeze~

[9:] At 10 P.M. the S.S. Phrat
[10:] arrived down;~

27 Mond

1899 Feby

Tookyeh delivered of

a son on 22d.

[A48_398_09:150]

[11:] Erly breeze & fine; I awoke
[12:] at 3 am & could not
[13:] sleep;~ I took tea in
[14:] the morning & came on
[15:] board at 4 1/2 am;
[16:] We are discharging and
[17:] loading Cargo;

[18:] Takooyi Sayegh (wife
[19:] of Rezooki Angoorly) has
[20:] been confined and she
[21:] delivered a son for the
[22:] second time on Wednesday
[23:] midnight the 22d. Instt,

[24:] At 12 am Rufail came
[25:] to me & we entered to Basreh
[pg: 398]

[1:] We called on Angoorlies,
[2:] I saw Tookyeh she is in
[3:] Bed & little Baby, her
[4:] husband Rezooki is still
[5:] in bed~ We went to
[6:] see P. Pièrre in the church
[7:] & he related to me all
[8:] about Alexander and
[9:] his intrigues in getting
[10:] money from him, I did
[11:] not loose my temper &
[12:] spoke to him about his
[13:] fault in giving him
[14:] against my orders,

[15:] We left & came back
[16:] to Tookye’s house had
[17:] tea & at 3 P.M. left &
[18:] came on board,~

[19:] The SS. Mossul & Barge
[20:] left for Baghdad at 3 1/4
[21:] P.M.;~ S. Erly wind

[22:] At 4 1/2 Rufail & I went up
[23:] to his house & then we went
[24:] over to Jeboory Asfar where
[25:] we dined, P Jéan who
[26:] came out with P. Pièrre
[pg: 399]
[1:] there living, they will
[2:] go up in the Khalifah~

[3:] We came to Rufail's house
[4:] at 9 P.M~ I have a very
[5:] bad cold cought last night
[6:] all over my head & chest,
[7:] Took a Punch & turned in,

[8:] Light S. Erly breeze,

28 Tuesd

[A48_399_13:151]

[9:] Light S.E. & clouds on the East,
[10:] At 7 1/2 AM I came down
[11:] to the Mejidieh; We are
[12:] loading,~

[13:] The son of Shah's uncle
[14:] & brother in law is going
[15:] up with us & his followers
[16:] about 40 they came on
[17:] board~

[18:] See Diary N. 49
[pg: 400]
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[pg: 401]

1 Augt 1898
1000 G. Asfar
1000 Rufail Sayegh
500 Nawab Agha Mahdi
250 At home
----------
2,750
1st Jany 1899
1000 G. Asfar
1000 R. Sayegh
500 Nawab Agha Mahdi
300 At home
----------
2,800~
1 April 99
1000 G. Asfar
1000 R. Rayegh
500 Nawab Agha Mahomed
300 At home
----------
2,800,,
[pg: 401]

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