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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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range running from west to east upon the northern coast. W e crossed a stream of water at the bottom of the gorge which winds through the narrow glen that ; terminates the range ; and ascending upon the opposite side, we at once entered upon steep slopes composed of marls interspersed with an exceedingly bright rosecoloured marble in veins of about two feet thickness. This would probably develop considerable blocks if iquarried to a greater depth. Continuing for about two miles along the glen, which was cultivated with barley in all available localities, we several times crossed the stream in its winding course, and my dogs hunted the steep myrtle-covered banks •in expectation of game ; but nothing moved, and the croaking of numerous frogs was the only sign of life. The glen now widened to a valley about a mile and three-quarters in diameter, surrounded upon all sides re>y heights, and we commenced one of the steepest ascents in Cyprus, up the face of the slope about 1000 feet above the bottom. The zigzags were upon a surface of white marl, which during wet weather would become as slippery as soap, and be impassable for loaded animals. Many times our mules were forced to halt and rest, but they were good and surefooted beasts, that could always be depended upon. I At length we gained the summit, which was a total change of scene. Instead of descending upon the other side, as I had expected, we had arrived at a plateau eight or nine miles in length from north to south, and an invisible distance from east to west. The soil was a rich reddish chocolate, forming a grateful contrast to the glaring white marls that we had just quitted, and which composed the steep hills that surrounded the

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