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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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temperature, ranging from a minimum of 560 to 840. On the 11 th May, having engaged twenty-three mules for our tents, baggage, and party, we started from Limasol for Trooditissa. The dog Merry, that had been bitten by the snake, had lain for days in a state of stupor, black and swollen ; I had poured quantities of oliveoil down his throat, as he could not eat, and at length I gave him a dose of two grains of calomel, with three grains of emetic tartar. After this he slowly recovered ; the ear that was bitten mortified, and was cut off, but the dog was sufficiently restored to accompany us upon the march, together with his companion Wise. W e were now about to enter the great vine-growing district of Cyprus, which produces the large exportations that form the chief industry of Limasol. At a distance of a mile from our camp we entered the new government road which connected Limasol with Platraes, thirty miles distant. The country quickly assumed an agreeable character ; undulations and watercourses were more or less covered with trees, and the road scarped out of the steep sides exhibited the cretaceous formation similar to that between Larnaca and Lefkosia. Wild lavender was just blooming upon many portions of the way, while along the rocky courses of ravines the oleanders were in the richest blossom. The road was furnished with mile-posts, and the mules ambled along at a little more than five miles an hour. I found considerable fault in the low gradients (one in thirty), which had produced a road unnecessary for the vehicles of the country, at a proportionate outlay ; it was altogether too good, and would have been excellent trotting-ground for a light phaeton and pair. A s there was no such vehicle in the island, the beautifully traced highway exhibited a

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