National Geographic : 1921 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by P. O . Crawford AFGIIAN GUARDS ON TIl ROAD BETWEEN JABUL-US-SIRAJ AND JALALABAD Although the influence of the Amir of Afghanistan is far-reaching and his authority is absolute, many of the outlying tribes enjoy a measure of independence. Such tribes and their villages are still presided over by their chiefs, called Khans, Malaks, or White Beards. These chiefs are chosen for life. Second-hand uniforms are among the principal articles of import into the land of the Amir.