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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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hares were said to abound, and it appeared that an impromptu shooting-party had been arranged especially for my amusement. I am not very fond of such sporting meetings, as the common guns of the people, which are constantly missing fire when required to shoot, have an awkward knack of going off when least expected ; my mind was somewhat relieved when the tactics were explained, piat we (nine guns) were to form a line of skirmishers about two hundred yards apart, commanding a mile of country. There is a great advantage in sport, as the search for game leads a- traveller into all kinds of places which he would otherwise leave unseen. It is a great enjoyment to stroll over a new country accompanied by good dogs, and combine at the same time sport t and exploration. Upon arrival at the summit of the hill range which we had passed on our left when we had arrived at , Dali, I was well repaid, and the necessity of judging a country from a hill-top instead of from a highroad was well exemplified. I looked down upon the highly j cultivated and fertile valley of Lymbia, surpassing in extent the plain of Dali, and although the successive ranges of hills and mountains were bleak and barren in their whiteness, the intervening valleys were all occupied either by vineyards or by fields in tillage. Even the ravines upon the steep hill-sides which had been scored out by the rainfall of ages were artificially arranged to catch the melted earth in its descent i during heavy storms, and to form terraces of rich alluvium. A succession of rough walls composed of the large ; rocks which strewed the surface, were built at convenient E

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