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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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with a permanent bed ; shelves or wardrobe beneath ; a chest of drawers ; table to fall against the wall when not in use, lockers for glass and crockery, stove and chimney, and in fact it resembled a ship's cabin, nine feet six inches long, by five feet eight inches wide. had another excellent light four-wheeled van constructed by Messrs. Glover Brothers, of Dean Street, Soho : both these vehicles had broad and thick iron tires to the wheels, which projected •§ inch upon either side beyond the felloes, in order to afford a wide surface to deep soil or sandy ground without necessitating a too massive wheel. The vans with all my effects had left London by steamer direct for Cyprus, I therefore found them, upon my arrival from Egypt, in the charge of Mr. Ζ. Z. Williamson, a most active agent and perfect polyglot ; the latter gift being an extreme advantage in this country of Babel-like confusion of tongues. I was now prepared to investigate Cyprus thoroughly, and to form my own opinion of its present and future value. The day after my arrival I strolled outside the town and exercised my three spaniels which had come out direct from England. The dogs searched for game which they did not find, while I examined the general features of the country. About three-quarters of a mile from the present town or port are the remains of old Larnaca. This is a mere village, but possesses a large Greek church. The tomb of Lazarus, who is believed to have settled in Cyprus to avoid persecution after his miraculous resurrection from the grave, is to be seen in the church of St. George within the principal town. From this point an excellent view is obtained of

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