902 AH. SEP. 9th. 1496 to AUG. 30th. 1497 AD. 67
sake (siydsat) had two or three of them cut to pieces. It was on this account he left me and went to Hisar four or five years later, in the guerilla times, (907 ah.) when I was going from the Macha country to The Khan.1
Marching from Qara-bulaq, we crossed the river (i.e. the Zar-afshan) and dismounted near Yam.2 On that same day, our men got to grips with Bai-sunghar Mlrza's at the head of the Avenue. SI. Ahmad Tambal was struck in the neck by a spear but not unhorsed. Khwajaki Mulla-i-sadr, Khwaja-ikalan's eldest brother, was pierced in the nape of the neck3 by an arrow and went straightway to God's mercy. An excellent soldier, my father before me had favoured him, making him Keeper of the Seal; he was a student of theology, had great acquaintance with words and a good style ; moreover he understock hawking and rain-making with the jade-stone.
While we were at Yam, people, dealers and other, came out in crowds so that the camp became a bazar for buying and selling. One day, at the Other Prayer, suddenly, a general hubbub arose and all those Musalman (traders) were plundered. Such however was the discipline of our army that an order to restore everything having been given, the first watch (pahar) of the next day had not passed before nothing, not a tag of cotton, not a broken needle's point, remained in the possession of any man of the force, all was back with its owners.
Marching from Yam, it was dismounted in Khan YurtI (The Khan's Camping Ground),4 some 6 m. (3 kuroh) east of Samarkand. We lay there for 40 or 50 days. During the time, men from their side and from ours chopped at one another (chdpqftlashtildr) several times in the Avenue. One day when Ibrahim Begchlk was chopping away there, he was cut on the face;
1 Qasim feared to go amongst the Mughuls lest he should meet retaliatory death. Cf. f. 996.
This appears from the context to be Yam (Jam) -bal and not the Djouma (Jam) of the Fr. map of 1904, lying farther south. The Avenue named see"is likely to be Tirrrur's of f. 456 and to be on the direct road for Khujand. See Schuyler i, 232.
bugkan buyini. W.-i-B. 215, yan, thigh, and 217 gardan, throat. I am ln doubt as to the meaning of biighan ; perhaps the two words stand for joint lt the nape of the neck. Khwaja-i-kalan was one of seven brothers, six died w Babur's service, he himself served till Babur's death.
* Cf. f. 48.