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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 83

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of that horrible landscape, embracing the extensive are from Trichomo and Famagousta to Larnaca, Lefkosia, and Morphu, is most demoralising, and few Europeans would be able to resist the deleterious climate ο summer, and the general heart-sinking that resultsa nervous despondency when the dreary and treeles plain is ever present to the view. There is no reason why officials should be condemned to the purgatory of such a station when Cyprus possesses superior positions where the great business of the future will b conducted. The new road already completed from Larnaca to Lefkosia must be carried on to Morphu, and thus connect the north and south extremities ο the plain ; Kyrenia, sixteen miles distant, must b connected with Lefkosia ; branches must then b extended to Kythrea and to Famagousta; and subsequently, from the latter town a direct road must be continued parallel with the south coast to Larnaca. Such roads may be constructed for about ^350 pe mile at the low rate of labour in Cyprus, considerin the presence of stone throughout the district, an their completion will open the entire plain of Messaria to wheeled communication with four ports, to north and south.

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