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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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green hills, and deep vales, through which a stream of water had given birth to a thick growth of foliage. After a march of fourteen miles we halted in a deep dell beneath shady caroubs, a few yards from a brook of clear water which irrigated some of the richest crops I had seen in Cyprus. When the camels arrived Merry was very bad, and his skin beneath the hair had turned black ; he lapped water with difficulty, lis his tongue and mouth were swollen to a great size and were also black. A s the dog could not eat I poured a quantity of olive-oil down his throat. The large village of Evdimu was about a mile above us, and was distinguishable from the heights. I\ new and important church was in process of construction, upon which some Italian workmen were employed, and an air of prosperity in this neighbourhood contrasted favourably with most portions of the island. The cock-birds of francolins were crowing In all directions, and when rambling writh Wise, my 'now solitary dog, vainly searching for a hare, I found several pairs of red-legged partridges, which of course at this season I respected. The march on the following day was a continuation of the same beautiful country, until we at length reached the table-top of a stupendous cliff perpendicular to the sea, which washed its base. The path was in many places only a few feet from the edge, and afforded a magnificent view. The table-land upon which we rode was covered with evergreen shrubs and young pines, and the same rich landscape that we had admired on the previous day extended towards the mountains of the interior. The road had been as rough as could be imagined, and we now descended the last steep incline from the heights, which led into the plain

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