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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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representative at Limasol in vigilance and strict attention to the administrative tortures of his office. I have heard of cases of crockery being unpacked upon the beach and spread out to be counted and valued upon the loose stones of shingle ! The unfortunate European traders of Larnaca were shortly relieved of their Custom House troubles by the total absence of imports. Th e native Cypriote does not purchase at European shops ; his wants are few ; the smallest piece of soap will last an indefinite period ; he is frugal to an extreme degree ; and if he has desires, he curbs such temptations and hoards his coin. Thus, as the natives did not purchase, and all Europeans were sellers without buyers, there was no alternative but to shut the shutters. This was a species of commercial suicide which made Larnaca a place of departed spirits; in which unhappy state it remains to the present hour. Even the club was closed.

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