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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 355

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forests of the varieties of eucalyptus, to be planted! out when germinated—how, when, or where, he* could not tell. Of course all these attempts ended in failure. There should have been an experienced' gardener specially appointed for the purpose of raising^ and planting out the young trees adapted for the!1 various soils and altitudes of the country, and such} trees should have been ready for their positions at^ the commencement of the winter months in November.' The commissioners worked in this new occupation'with the same praiseworthy energy that distinguished them throughout all the trying difficulties of thei appointment as rulers in a strange country, where without a knowledge, of the language or customs; they were suddenly called upon to confer happiness and contentment upon an oppressed population bj administering Ttcrkisk laws in the essence of thei: integrity. The Cypriotes had expected to see England anc the English as their rulers ; but like the well-knowr saying, " Scratch a Russian and you discover thi Tartar, " they might have " scratched an Englishman and have found the Turk, " in the actual regime that we I were bound to maintain according to the conditior of the British ocucpation. The native mind could not understand the reasc for the stringent rule prohibiting the cutting of tree and they came to the conclusion that our govern-1 ment contemplated some selfish advantage, and ύά the forests were eventually to be leased to a compan) When they shall see tree-planting commenced by tl government upon an extensive scale they will believe! in the undertaking as intended for the welfare the island.

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