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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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had suggested such a formidable arrangement fo* defence. The fort was constructed by the Venetians, but there are fallen masses of much older works that now lie at the foot of the sea-face, and add to the natural reefs in defending the foundations from the breaking water. The style of this fortress suggests a date anterior to Famagousta, as it is devoid of cavaliers and depends for its defence upon the simple flanking fire of the four towers and the great height and thickness of the walls. It is supplied with fresh water by an aqueduct, and is provided with immense reservoirs of masonry to contain a sufficient quantity during a prolonged siege, when the outer aqueduct might be destroyed by the enemy. There are extensive subterranean caves and dungeons, but these have not yet been explored. Above this fine old specimen of Venetian fortifications, upon the high platform of the tower facing the harbour, was a flag-staff, upon which a small bundle of rags fluttered in the strong wind, as though they had been arranged to frighten the jackdaws from building within the crevices of masonry. It appeared that this miserable remnant of tattered bunting had once represented a British Union Jack ! and Û colourless, poverty-stricken thing flapped and cracked] as it tore itself into the finest threads of misery in Û gale, too truly representing the result of our ambiguot position according to the terms of the Cypria occupation. I felt ashamed that such an exhibitic should meet the eye of any foreign ship upon enterir the harbour of Kyrenia, and I was informed " that was the only flag that was possessed by the authorities. A s all the revenue of the island was handed o J to the Porte excepting a bagatelle insufficient for β

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