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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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.small aperture ; these were subterranean granaries, the sure sign of insecurity before the British occupation. Th e flat-topped hovels had the usual roofs of clay and (chopped straw, and projected two or three feet as eaves jbeyond the walls, which were of stone and mud, .exhibiting the crudest examples of masonry. The projecting eaves were curiously arranged by hooks of cypress, like single-fluked anchors laid horizontally, which retained beams, upon which the mud and straw were laid ; the heavy weight of the earthen roof upon the long shanks of these anchors prevented the eaves from overbalancing. Enormous heaps of manure and filth were deposited opposite the entrance of each dwelling, and in the Christian villages the most absurd pigs ran in and out of the hovels, or slept by the front door, as though they were the actual proprietors. These creatures were all heads and legs, and closely resembled the black and white representative of the race well known to every child in the Noah's Ark. J It was rather disheartening to approach the extremity of the island, and upon entering a long narrow valley our guide assured us that although no apparent exit existed, we should ascend a precipitous path and immediately see the point of Cape St. Andrea. The valley narrowed to a point without any visible path. A few low hills covered with bush were backed by ,cliff-like heights of about 300 feet also clothed by evergreens. Upon our right, just below the steep ascent, were sand-dunes and the sea. W e now observed the narrow streak of white upon the hillside, amidst the jgreen which marked the path. W e had left the brown sandstone, and once again were upon the white calcareous rock. Our animals could barely ascend the jsteep incline, and several times we halted them to rest ; κ

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