Excerpt from With the Zhob Field Force: 1890 Owing to the disturbances which have for many years been taking place in the rugged and impracticable country which forms the natural barrier between the British Indian Empire and Afghanistan, that district has been, and still is, the object of a considerable amount of attention on the part of our military authorities. The warlike and bloodthirsty nature of the madic tribes which infest the place, as well as the difficulties to travel presented by the rocky, jumbled-together mountains, tended for long to keep the region an unkwn quantity to Europeans. The approach of the Russians to Herat, however, and the necessity for providing as safe and scientific a frontier as possible for Hindustan, compelled our Government to make special efforts to enlarge our geographical kwledge of these mountain fastnesses. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.