National Geographic : 1916 Feb
Photograph from Frederick Simpich CARAVAN WITH WOOL FOR BAGDAD, MESOPOTAMIA It was through this country that the railroad from Asia Minor to Bagdad was being built beforethe outbreak ofthepresent war inEurope. The original concession, given in 1903, permitted the construction of the road by the Bagdad RailwayCompany from Constantinople tothePersian Gulf, and further permitted the levying of import dues for the payment of mileage subsidies grantedbythe Turkish government tothecompany. The right to build the road farther than Bagdad was revoked in io11, as was also the right to a lien onimport duties assecurity forbuilding subsidies. The Bagdad Railway issue figured prominently in Near Eastern diplomacy for more than adecade before theclash ofarms inEurope.