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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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above us with my glass, and observed some crags that Polyphemus would have delighted to hurl upon Acii when courting his Galatea ; but as no Cyclops existed in this classical island I determined to risk thè chances of a rock-displacement and to pitch the tent upon a flat surface among the fallen blocks. A s I rule such localities should be avoided. It is impossible I to calculate the probable downfall of a crag, which, I having formed a portion of the cliff, has been under^ I mined by the breaking away of lower rocks, and, I overhanging the perpendicular, may be secure during! dry wea'ther, but may become dislodged in heavy rain,l when the cement-like surroundings are dissolved : th l serious vibration caused by thunder might in suchl conditions produce an avalanche. W e dug a deeB trench round the tents, as the weather looked overcasi and stormy. The village of Gallibornû was about half a mile I beyond our camp at the extreme end of the valley, but I situated on the heights. The people were extremely civil, and it would be difficult to determine the maximum degree of courtesy between the Turks and I Greeks of Cyprus. I strolled with my dogs up the I steep hill-sides, and the Turks, seeing that I was fondi of shooting, promised to accompany me on the following! morning to some happy hunting-ground, which, from! my Cyprian experience, I believed was mythical. On waking the next day I found the Turks, true tc their promise, already assembled by the servants' tent and eight men were awaiting me with their guns. They had a sporting dog to assist them, which they described as "very useful for following a wounded hare ; only it was necessary to be quick in securing it, otherwise the dog would eat it before your arrival. "

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