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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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many birds went back without being shot at, while others were missed, and altogether the shooting was extremely wild. The sun was hot by the time we had concluded our beat; I had shot five brace and one hare, including some francolins ; and the rest of the party had collectively bagged three brace. It was late in the season for shooting, but the birds were not all paired, and I have no doubt that in the month oi September this portion of the island would afford fair sport, although no great bags could be expected. I was surprised at the absence of woodcocks ; throughout my rambles in Cyprus I had only seen one, although they were cheap in the market of Larnaca. The fact is that every bird shot by the natives is sent straight for sale ; therefore an. immense area is hunted for tl small supply required by the Europeans in the prij cipal towns. Upon our return homewards we passi through a considerable space occupied by anciel ruins. Among the masses of stones and broke; pottery were two stone sarcophagi, which appeared have been converted into drinking-troughs for catti As with all the ruins of Cyprus, nothing of intere exists upon the surface, and the tombs having been many centuries excavated and despoiled, it is probat that the sarcophagi had been brought to light treasure-seekers many years ago. As we approached Gallibornu by a mountain path! the Turks assured me that we should find good drinking-water; we were all thirsty, including the dogs, who had drunk nothing for some hours. At length, at a considerable elevation between two hills, we reached a spring, and I was shown a well where the water was only a few feet from the surface. The Turks now pointed to the perpendicular face of a cliff

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