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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 302

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Now comes the necessity for a second journey to Limasol, perhaps thirty or forty miles distant, to petition for the government official to measure the contents of the jars ; without such an examination, no wine can be removed from the stores. This is another loss of time to the grower, and occasions an expense for himself and mule for the journey. The jars are at length measured ; but before any wine can be removed a general examination of the quality of the district produce must be completed, and, an average value having been determined, the tax of 10 per cent, must be paid ad valorem. After these necessary forms have been gone through, with the attendant vexatious delays and expensive journeys, entailing loss of time for men and mules, the vine-grower wishes to carry his wine to market. Before a drop can be removed he must present himself at the official quarters, either at Kilani or one other village, to obtain a teskeri, or permit, for the quantity that he wishes to convey. After this trouble and delay he returns to his home with the official permit to remove to a specified place (generally Limasol) a fixed quantity of wine, which is calculated by the load; one load equals 128 okes of 2f lbs. avoirdupois, and, packed in goat-skins, is carried by two mules. The vine-grower himself weighs his wine when the skins are filled, and he starts upon his long journey over steep mountain rocky paths to Limasol, where he will sell his load to the wine-merchant, who subsequently will ship it to the various ports of the Mediteranean. The sun is burning ; and the wine, contained in

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