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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 125

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io8 C YPRUS IN 1879 [CHAPJ patience and stolid endurance which is beyond all praise; and when Cyprus shall belong absolutely to j Great Britain, so that the Cypriotes shall feel thatj they are British subjects, they will become the most* amenable and contented people in the Empire. The usual difficulty exists in passing through this island which is felt by most English travellers in wild countries. The sick invariably assemble, believing< that your medical knowledge will produce miraculous cures ; and the lame, halt, and blind besiege you : | even cripples from their birth are brought by their j hopeful mothers to receive something from youri medicine-chest that will restore them to strength. It was in vain that I explained to these afflicted people • that spleen-disease required a long course of medicine, Ì and could not be cured in a day. It was equally ini vain that I assured them that raw vegetables were, unwholesome for children, and that sea-bathing was* invigorating to the system : they hated bathing ; so did the children ; and they liked raw vegetables. 11 was obliged to give them some trifle which could neither do harm nor good ; and they went away contented. I now discovered from the head-men of the village the cause of the wreck which was lying in the bay. An Austrian steamer was conveying 1200 Circassians from Constantinople to some port on the coast of Asia Minor, when the wild horde of emigrants mutinied and threatened to murder the chief officers. The captain accordingly ran the vessel ashore upon this coast, having ordered the engineer to blow up the boilers. A great number of the mutineers perished in thel attempt to land, but the captain and officers were'

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