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E 10413/4513/65.

British Consulate

S.O.S. 179/150 P.

Damascus, Syria

Baghdad

108.P.

October 4th. 1923

Jerusalem

110.P.

Amman

95.

Cairo

74.P.

G.H.Q.

84.

Beirut 

131.P.

Aleppo   .

102.P

 

Addressed to:

His Majesty's Principal,

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Foreign Office

London, S.W.1

Desert Motor-Mail Service.

 

My Lord,

 

I have the honour to report that the first Motor-Mail Service has worked efficiently.

A letter postmarked Sept. 28th. at Bagdad (and dated Sept. 27th.) arrived here on the evening  of Sept. 30th, and was placed in my post-box in due course.

My Cavass collected it at 8.A.M. on October 1st.

 

2.) Sheikh Muhsin Abu Tabikh receive don the evening of Sept. 30th. a letter posted at Kerbela on Sept. 27th.

3.) So far no final arrangements have been made to run this new overland mails from this side - though these are expected to crystallize within a few days.

But i can see no valid reason why the Bagdad-Haifa Service should not be brought into immediate operation.

The delivery of my letter - as reported in paragraph 1 - might appear to indicate that n objection is likely to be raised here.

Incidentally the question of quarantine against Cholera in Iraq does not seem to have even been broached.

 I, therefore, venture to think that the Irak etc. Postal Authorities and the Nairn Transport Company might now simply go straight ahead.

The tourist traffic and regular mail traffic must bring certain pecuniary advantages to Damascus in particular and Syria in general.

The French realise this, and although it might seem that with a little tact the cream of the taking might fall into British hands, the French will probably run the French and Syrian Mail to Bagdad themselves along my route.

In any case they will gain by the influx of tourists, whom I expect in large numbers next spring.

 

Signed

(Sgd) C.E.S. Palmer

Consul.



E 10413/4513/65.

British Consulate

S.O.S. 179/176.P.

Damascus, Syria

Baghdad

125.P.

November 3rd, 1923

Beirut 

132.P.

Aleppo

116.P.

D.O.T.

O.T. 28.

Jerusalem

127.P.

 

Addressed to:

His Majesty's Principal,

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Foreign Office

London, S.W.1

Desert Motor Mail

 

My Lord,

 

I have the honour to quote below a short article from the "Alif Ba" of November 2nd.

 

My only comment is that Mr. Kattaneh- whose son is agent for the Dodge Motor Co.- is too late, as the Nairn Transport Company has already secured the contract.

2. At the same time this competition is healthy and perspective passengers and tourists will no doubt benefit by it; as it must lead to an eventual reduction in fares.

3. Article follows:-

"Mr. Kattaneh, Cook's agent for Syria, has undertaken to carry the Mail from Syria to Irak and thence to Teheran. He has promised to give better condition than those of Mr. Nairn. It is presumed that in two weeks time mail Business between Syria and Irak will be in perfect order".

 

I have...

(Sd) C.E.S. Palmer. Consul

 


  

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