905 AH. AUG. 8th. 1499 TO JULY 28th. 1500 AD. 113
ground, leaving many tents and blankets and things of the baggage for our men. We dismounted in his camp.
That evening Tambal, having Jahanglr with him, turned our left and went to a village called Khuban (var. Khiinan), some 3 ytghdch from us (15 m. ?) and between us and Andijan. N'ext day we moved out against him, formed up with right and left, centre and van, our horses in their mail, our men in theirs, and with foot-soldiers, bearing mantelets, flung to the front. Our right was 'All-dost and his dependants, our left Ibrahim Sam, Wais Laghari, SayyidI Qara, Muhammad-'all Mubashir, and Khwaja-i-kalan's elder brother, Kichik Beg, with several of the household. In the left were inscribed1 also SI. Ahmad Qardwal and Quch Beg with their brethren. With me in the centre was Qasim Beg Quchin; in the van were Qambar-'ali (the Skinner) and some of the household. When we reached Saqa, a village two miles east of Khuban, the enemy came out of Khuban, arrayed to fight. We, for our part, moved on the faster. At the time of engaging, our foot-soldiers, provided how laboriously with the mantelets! were quite in the rear! By God's grace, there was no need of them; our left had got hands in with their right before they came up. Kichik Beg chopped away very well; next to him ranked Muhammad 'All Mubashir. Not being able to bring equal zeal to oppose us, the enemy took to flight. The fighting did not reach the front of our van or right. Our men brought in many of their braves; we ordered the heads of all to be struck off. Favouring caution and good generalship, our begs, Qasim Beg and, especially, 'Ali-dost did not think it advisable to send far in pursuit; for this reason, many of their men did not fall into our hands. We dismounted right in Khuban village. This was my first ranged battle; the Most High God, of His own favour and mercy, made it a day of victory and triumph. We accepted the omen. On the next following day, my father's mother, my grandmother, Shah Sultan Beglm2 arrived from Andijan, thinking to beg off Jahanglr Mirza. if he had been taken.
1 pltildl; W.-i-B. navishta shud, words indicating the use by Babur of a "written record.
2 Cf. i, 66 and note and f. 17 and note.