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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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and also the feet and hands of Turkish women. It is not a production of Cyprus, as has been erroneously stated by some authors ; I made particular inquiries in all portions of the island, and of all classes, upon jhis subject. The henna, or shenna, is only to be met with in some few gardens, where it is cultivated as an ornamental shrub, in the same manner that the arbutus may be seen in the shrubberies of England. The Turkish women are very particular in dyeing their hair, and use various preparations. The shenna produces a glossy red, which some years ago was the fashionable tinge in England. There is also a small seed of a plant which is prepared by roasting until burnt, like coffee, and then reducing to powder, which is formed into a paste with oil ; this is a well-known dye, which turns the hair into a deep black. There was a sudden rush for information when the. British occupation of Cyprus was announced to the startled public, and books were rather hurriedly put together, compiled from various authorities, which, although yielding valuable information upon many points, unfortunately perpetuated errors by reproducing erroneous statements. The asserted existence of henna as " an indigenous shrub which originated the name of Cyprus, " is an instance of such mistakes, similar to the descriptions of " keatk-covex &à surface, " when no such plant exists upon the island. The longer I remained in the neighbourhood of Kyrenia the deeper was my regret that the arrivals of strangers should take place in the southern ports, I instead of receiving their first impressions of Cyprus by an introduction to this lovely coast. I was never afloat on the northern side, but the view must be strikingly impressive, as the trees, ever green almost

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