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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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sending messengers vainly to and fro for the missing! mule and pony ; and 8 A.M. arrived before their ap-l pearance. The party had started two hours earlier.! Colonel White, ist Royal Scots, who was the chief] commissioner at Lefkosia, had kindly waited to ac-j company us. A s St. Hilarion was only a short distance to the left of the Kyrenia road, I had determined nod to return, but to send the camels and luggage on] direct. W e left all unnecessary luggage locked up, within the vans, which Sir Garnet Wolseley kindlyj permitted us to leave at head-quarters. W e took! leave of our good and big friend Georgi and his] sharp companion Theodori, who returned to Dali.a where Georgi would meet the only Venus that I haveî seen in Cyprus, his wife ; but even that pretty Venusa was ruined by high boots and baggy trousers. Crossing the dry bed of the Pedias below thJ Government House, we struck a line over the open and! withered plain to a direct route to Kyrenia. At a distance of about five miles from Lefkosia, the broadj and well-trodden road became lost in a variety of inde-4 pendent paths, which at length converged into onei narrow route that ascended a curious formation ol water-washed and utterly denuded hills, composed ol sandstone, claystone, and peculiar deposits of sedi-3 mentary rock, which in places resembled an artificial! pavement. In many places the strata were verticali exhibiting the confusion that had been created by the' upheaval. Having passed through a succession of upsj and downs for about three miles, sometimes winding) through narrow gorges where the soil was covered: with an efflorescence of salt, at other places clambering over loose rocks and entering narrow glens, we arrived in a plain at the foot of the bold and bluff

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