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That wine-bibber did not hearken to the counsels of the Shahinshah, and however much H.M. restrained him from such fatal doings, he, inasmuch as he had formed the habit, sacrificed himself to wine, and listened not to advice. As H.M. had appointed undaunted guardians who took care that he should not be given wine, he plotted with his private servants and went off on the pretext of hunting. Those ignorant friends put some wine into gun barrels and some into the entrails of cows and put it under their clothes and wrapped round their waists and in the field conveyed it to that infatuated one. He put his foot upon his soul, and washed his hands of life, and boldly drank. He took no thought of his eternal ruin, and gave not a glance at his youth and his own destruction.
What thought of headache has the devotee of wine?
Gradually his chief members and especially his brain became entirely upset, and he got severe pains and became very weak, and his constitution failed. His veins and members became benumbed, and he gave up food. No other word but wine passed from his lips. For forty days he lay in bed, and on Saturday, 28thShawwal, 11th March, 1605, he died* while longing for wine. He spent 33 years and 6 months in this world, and having drunk the wine of life he fell into the crapulousness of death. He left three sons, viz. ?ahmura?, Hushang, Bayasanghar and four daughters, S'aadat Banu,* Bulaqi Begam, by the daughter of Qulij K., Mahi Begam, the sister of Hushang, Burhani Begam, the sister of ?ahmura?. The Prince was wonderfully attached to Janan Begam, the daughter of the Khan-khanan. That excellent and faithful lady became inconsolable after this catastrophe and wished to go to the other world with the prince. She did not get this boon, and submitting to the prohibitions and 838 advices of others she remained in this abode of sorrow. But* she was consumed with grief for the departure of the prince. She lived for many years but till her last breath, each day of her widowhood was the first day. There were some wicked persons who secretly conveyed wine to the prince and who seeing their own good in his harm knowingly conspired to kill that drunkard. By the Khan-khanan's orders they were imprisoned. The first was Shamsi, the brother's son of Khwajagi Fat? Ullah, the second was Murshid,* artilleryman, the third 'Ali Beg Nadim, the fourth Mubarak Koknari, the fifth Shuja' the son of Ghiur Beg Kabuli. There were also three eunuchs and two barbers. Three days afterwards, the well-wishers of the prince'whose hearts were lacerated 'killed the whole of that crew by sticks and stones, clods* and kicks. When the fatal news reached H.M., owing to his perfect observance of the Divine Will, there was no upset in his disposition. But who can estimate his grief?
The presents of Qu?b-ul-mulk, the ruler of Golconda, consisting of 30 elephants with gold and silver equipments and other ornamented instruments and the rareties of that country were produced before him. Qulij K. had sent 20 horses from Lahore, and they were shown to H.M. Hashim K. presented four elephants. An elephant was presented to 'Abadi Khwajah. From the report of Khwaja 'Abdullah ?afdar K. it appeared that as Bir Singh Deo had thrown poisonous plants, etc. (zahrygiya, aconite?) into the wells near Ondcha, many men had died of fever in the course of a few days. He could not remain there and so he had left the fort and the buildings* that had been erected and gone elsewhere. That great officer, Rajah Man Singh, arrived from Bengal and did homage. He tendered 1,000 muhurs and Rs. 12,000 as a present. Nuran Qulij and others who had accompanied the Rajah did homage. Yusuf, the son of Husain K. (Tukriya) received the distinguished man?ab of 2,000 zat and 300 horse. The graciousness of H.M. desired to show incalculable kindness to the Prince-Royal. With this view he, without informing any one, entered a boat and went to the prince's quarters. The prince received him with the step of devotion and made the dust of H.M.'s feet his eyesalve, and opened his lips in thanksgiving. After one pahar H.M. returned to his839 palace. Rajah Man Singh brought numerous elephants from Bengal. Sharif K. Kabuli received a man?abol 1,000 zat and 500 horse. Nuran Qulij presented 19 elephants. The charge of Jaunpur was made over to him. As Rajah Raj Singh had exerted himself very much in the matter of Bir Singh Deo Bandila and had driven him into vagabondage, H.M. had regard to his good service and exalted him to the man?ab of 4,000. Faridun Barlas received a man?ab of 1,500 horse. On 5th Shahriyur, 15th August, 1604, Divine month, Sakina* Banu Begam, sister of M. Hakim, withdrew her countenance under the veil of non-existence. On the 16th, the province of Bihar was assigned to Khan A'zim M. Koka, and on the same day Prince Sul?an Khu?ru received a man?ab of 10,000,* a drum and a tuman-togh (standard). Rajah Man Singh received a man?ab of 7,000 zat and 6,000 horse, and the charge of the guardianship of Prince Sul?anKhusru. The man?ab of Maha Singh, the grandson of Rajah Man Singh, was fixed at 2,000 zat and 300 horse. An order was given that the diwans should manage the affairs of the kingdom in accordance with the advice of Prince Sul?an Selim, and that his seal should be affixed to the grants of the officer's man?ab. On 14th Mihr, Divine month, S'aid K. did homage along with his son and also Abu-l-qasim Namakin.* M. Ghazi, the son of M. Jani Tarkhan, came from Tatta and did homage. He offered choice presents. On the 18th M. Ghazi and Abu-l-baqa Uzbeg were each presented with a jewel and 'Abdi Khwajah received a dagger.*
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