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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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, TH E MESSARIA. 93 1VJ occupied by the village, at a level which not only enabled it to command the extensive flats beneath, but eventually passed beyond the village, and turned an overshot wheel of more than twenty feet diameter. This great work was at the sole expense of the proprietor. After a considerable outlay and perfect , success in the engineering, it is to be regretted that greater care is not bestowed upon the land ; although the gardens contain a mass of fruit-trees, large groves of figs, and relieve the eye by their cheerful aspect, only enough has been attained to exhibit the great power that exists for producing a still greater abun ! dance under proper administration. Having examined the neighbourhood thoroughly, I changed the position of our camp and halted a mile ' and a half up the aqueduct on the higher side of the ι village, at a point where the water first issued from its subterranean channel into the conduit of masonry and cement. W e thus secured a supply in its original purity, before it should be contaminated by any washing of clothes in passing through the village in an open channel, which from its convenience offered an irresistible invitation. Such a tempting stream, running through a canal upon a broad wall of masonry open to all comers would, in any European country, have been the natural resort of boys, who would have revelled in the freedom of nakedness and the delight of bathing in forbidden waters ; but in Cyprus I have never once seen a person washing himself in public. This is not from any sense of indecent exposure, , but from their absolute dislike to the operation. I had subsequently in my service a remarkably fine man who was always carefully dressed, and in fact was quite a dandy in exterior, but during the hot weather when

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