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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 235

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2l8 CYPRUS IN 1879. [CHAP.VII.i Cyprus will be represented by vessels of moderate tonnage, the necessary protection for such vessels mayl be obtained at an equally moderate outlay, and both Soli and Kyrenia may be made available as safe harbours for all traders upon the northern coast.] Famagousta would become the arsenal and dockyard for ships of Avar ; Larnaca and Limasol would be safe! roadsteads for all classes, and could easily be arranged to protect small trading-vessels ; while Baffo would,] like Kyrenia and Soli, be restored to its original! position. All rudimentary harbour-works would bel planned with a view to future extension, as might J be rendered necessary by the development of trade. Colonel White, ist Royal Scots, who had beenl appointed chief commissioner of the Lefkosia district! from his former similar position at Larnaca, arrived at J Caravastasi upon the same day as ourselves. This j very painstaking and energetic officer was exploring^ his district and investigating all the nooks and corners \ of the mountainous frontier which bounded his autho--r rity ; he was accordingly assailed with complaints and f lamentations concerning the endless water disputes " among the villages ; those of the lower ground declaring that the streams to which they were entitled by ! the rights of centuries had been diverted to other channels, that the Turkish authorities had been bribed by the opposing litigants ; with the usual long list of grievances, the discussion of \vhich I shall defer to a | special chapter upon " Irrigation. "

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