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The Strangling of Persia; A Story of the European Diplomacy and Oriental Intrigue That Resulted in the Denationalization of Twelve Million Mohammedans

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... r until one is absolutely forced to give it up. The prompt dismissal, however, of one or two of the more prominent and influential offenders in this respect, and the news of it which was I transmitted to the others with a polite warning as to what they might expect, had a most salutary effect, and the revenues commenced to come in despite the disorder into which the whole I country was thrown by the news of the return of the ex-Shah and the local disturbances which in many parts of Persia, particularly in the great province of Ears in the South, had been going on for a year before our arrival. The province of Azarbayjan, duing the entire time that I was in control of the Persian treasury, was in such a state of confusion, due largely to Russian troops which were constantly being sent there, and to the outbreaks of the Shahsevens whose chiefs had found that they could count absolutely upon Russian support and protection, that not a dollar of revenue was ever sent from this province to the Treasury at Teheran. On the contrary, the Central Government transmitted large sums to the local Governor at Tabriz for the police and the military forces in that province, in an endeavor to restore order there. I found also, on taking charge of the Treasury, that the taxcollectors were paid but nominal salaries in many instances and the fact that they were perfectly contented to receive such insignificant compensation while occupying these responsible positions was pretty clear proof that they were deriving a satisfactory reward in some way other than through the pay-roll. I therefore fixed generous salaries for these men in accordance with the importance of their districts, and informed them that the retention of their posts and future increased...
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