That wine-bibber did not hearken to the counsels of the Shāh­inshāh, 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, 28th Shawwāl, 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. ahmūra, Hūshang, Bayasanghar and four daughters, S'aādat Bānū,* Būlāqī Begam, by the daughter of Qulīj K., Māhī Begam, the sister of Hūshang, Burhānī Begam, the sister of ahmūra. The Prince was wonderfully attached to Jānān Begam, the daughter of the Khān-khānān. 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 Khān-khānān's orders they were imprisoned. The first was Shamsī, the brother's son of Khwajagī Fatḥ Ullah, the second was Murshid,* artilleryman, the third 'Alī Beg Nadīm, the fourth Mubārak Koknārī, the fifth Shujā' the son of Ghīūr Beg Kābulī. 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. Qulīj K. had sent 20 horses from Lahore, and they were shown to H.M. Hāshim K. presented four elephants. An ele­phant was presented to 'Abādī Khwājah. From the report of Khwāja 'Abdullah Ṣafdar K. it appeared that as Bir Singh Deo had thrown poisonous plants, etc. (zahrygiyā, 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 Mān Singh, arrived from Bengal and did homage. He tendered 1,000 muhurs and Rs. 12,000 as a present. Nūran Qulīj and others who had accompanied the Rajah did homage. Yūsuf, the son of Husaīn K. (Tukrīya) received the distinguished manṣab of 2,000 zāt 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 his 839 palace. Rajah Mān Singh brought numerous elephants from Bengal. Sharīf K. Kabulī received a manṣab ol 1,000 zāt and 500 horse. Nūran Qulīj presented 19 elephants. The charge of Jaunpūr was made over to him. As Rajah Rāj Singh had exerted himself very much in the matter of Bir Singh Deo Bandīla and had driven him into vagabondage, H.M. had regard to his good service and exalted him to the manṣab of 4,000. Farīdūn Barlās received a manṣab of 1,500 horse. On 5th Shahrīyūr, 15th August, 1604, Divine month, Sakīna* Bānū Begam, sister of M. Hākīm, withdrew her countenance under the veil of non-existence. On the 16th, the province of Bihar was assigned to Khan Ā'zim M. Koka, and on the same day Prince Sulṭān Khurū received a manṣab of 10,000,* a drum and a tuman-togh (standard). Rajah Mān Singh received a manṣab of 7,000 zāt and 6,000 horse, and the charge of the guardianship of Prince Sulān Khusrū. The manṣab of Mahā Singh, the grandson of Rajah Mān Singh, was fixed at 2,000 zāt and 300 horse. An order was given that the diwāns should manage the affairs of the kingdom in accordance with the advice of Prince Sulān Selīm, and that his seal should be affixed to the grants of the officer's manṣab. On 14th Mihr, Divine month, S'aīd K. did homage along with his son and also Abu-l-qāsim Namakīn.* M. Ghāzī, the son of M. Janī Tarkhān, came from Tatta and did homage. He offered choice presents. On the 18th M. Ghāzī and Abu-l-baqā Uzbeg were each presented with a jewel and 'Ābdī Khwajah received a dagger.*