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“If there were difficulties in road-making, the campaign would accomplish little else.”
“See Zhob District Gazetteer, pp. 165 – 6, for Ghalzi Pashtun nomads as excavators of qanats or underground irrigation channels, and Balland, p. 209 (footnote), quoting another source about the class of nomads who entered the subcontinent for seasonal labor opportunities such as "stone-breaking, road-making, clearing jungle (butimari), and any sort of job where energy and strength are more necessary than professional skills.”
“Is it road-making business that has brought you out here today in such wild spirits?”
“They will advance by squads in front of the waggons so that if there is any road-making to be done you may set to work at once, and in case of need I may know where to get the men I want.”
“But the tendency to road-making was regarded by the Pathans with profound distaste.”
“It is road-making — the most fruitful cause (after taxes) of all rebellions in Samoa, a thing to which they could not be wiled with money nor driven by punishment.”
“I asked him if anybody had been around making inquiries subsequent to my spell at the road-making.”
““But I think you are mixing up road-making and Church doctrine, Mr. Townsend.””
“Having been debited with a debt of 10,000 pounds for war expenses, to be paid off by installments, the finances were much hampered, and the execution of road-making and other useful work has been delayed.”
“On Sunday morning we had English service and a sermon, the congregation being augmented by the only other English people — a man from Australia who is here road-making, and his wife; and in the afternoon, disregarding a temperature of 85 degrees, we went through the Chinese village of Serambang.”
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