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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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distant, lay the town and important port of Kyrenia! with an apparently very little harbour, the houses! surrounded by gardens, and ornamented by date-l palms backed by a perfect forest of caroub-trees| which extended for some miles. On the extremel summit of the crags upon our left, overlooking! Kyrenia and forming an unmistakable landmark fori all sailors, was the castle of Buffavento, cutting the! blue sky-line 3240 feet above the sea. Exactly! opposite, at about sixty miles distance, were the! snow-capped mountains of Caramania, which in thai transparent atmosphere seemed to be within a day's* long march. Far, far away along the north-eastern! shore, and also towards the west, all was lovely : H could only regret that all vessels and strangers musi arrive in the unfortunate ports of the Messaria, insteac of gaining such favourable first impressions as woulc be induced by the lovely picture of Cyprus fror the north. While I had been admiring the view, my dogs hac "been hunting the dense bushes to very little purpose and although we scrambled for more than two hours over the mountain, we only moved ten or twelve redlegged partridges, which rose upwards of a hundrec yards in front of the gun ; it was quite impossible tc obtain a shot. With an empty bag, but with a ne\ impression of the country since my view of the lane scape in the north, I turned homewards, and reachec camp late in the afternoon, my spaniels having no doubt a low opinion of Cyprus sport, and of the unfair advantages taken by the ever-running red-leggec partridges. On 16th February a painful conviction was estai lished that Cyprus was unfitted for wheeled carriage

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