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The author furnishes us with many choice sketches of the desert and desert life painted in life-like colors. While one portion of the work deals with the vast desert which lies between Quetta and Persia, the other and larger portion describes that strangely interesting country of Seistan, which nature has bounteously endowed with every gift of water and soil.

Upon the many interesting incidents which marked the history of the Baluch-Afghan Boundary Commission, 1895-96, and the Seistan Arbitration Mission, 1903-5, with which Mr. Tate, as Survey Officer, traversed the various portions of the country dealt with in this book, he has felt himself debarred from touching.


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