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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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the drought, we at length arrived at the broad but per- j fectly dry bed-of the river. Crossing this, we steered I for a grove of ancient olive-trees, which I at once; selected for a camping-place, on the outskirts of the town. W e were now twenty-three miles from Lapi-j thus, and I felt sure that our baggage animals would) not arrive till nightfall. As we sat beneath one of these grand old olive-treesI alone, Iiani having taken his mules to his home, and probably at the same time having advertised our arrival, throngs of women and children approached' to salaam and to stare. I always travelled with binocular glasses slung across my back, and these were admirable stare-repellers ; it was only necessary 1 to direct them upon the curious crowd, and the mosttj prominent individuals acknowledged their power by I first looking shy and conscious, and then confusedly laughing and retreating to the rear. W e had arrived at 2.20 P.M., and we waited bel neath the olive-trees until 8 P.M., when the advance! camels at length came in after dark. It was 9.301 before the tents were pitched and the camp arranged.) The great delay had been occasioned by Hani's old! camel, which had, as I had expected, rolled down thei steep hill with its load, and having nearly killed itself, I had mortally wounded the sacred copper kettle, which1 every traveller knows is one of his Penates, or house-1' hold gods, to which he clings with reverence and affection. This beautiful object had lost its plump and well-rounded figure, and had been crushed into a? museum-shaped antiquity that would have puzzled the most experienced archaeologist. Metal waterjugs upon which the camel had rolled had been reduced to the shape of soup-plates, and a general

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