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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 309

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we choose, without the abominable vexations andj delays caused by the present arbitrary system ; letS the tax per donum include every charge for which wei shall be liable : we shall then know at once the limici of our liability. " I cannot see any practical difficulty^ in such an arrangement ; a highway rate might beql an extra when the roads should be completed. A: small export duty at the various ports would becomes a material source of increase to the revenue when thei wine trade became invigorated and extended b)« government encouragement, and although such a dutjfl would indirectly affect the grower in the price which! the merchant would pay for the new wine, it would bei a collateral tax that would not be felt individually. Unless the present oppressive system shall bel abolished the wine trade of Cyprus will languish, andl an industry that may be profitably extended to al important degree will share the fate of a commercia; and agricultural depression which has resulted fror, the vague conditions of the British occupation, ani from which no recovery can be expected until cor fidence in the future prospects of the island shall established.

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