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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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family would not be thrown upon their relatives, they must not accept my views of punishment as any suggestion under the present circumstances. About half an hour after this conversation I heard a sound of well-inflicted blows, accompanied by cries which certainly denoted a disagreeable physical sensation, within the courtyard of the monastery, and to my astonishment I found that my interpreter and willing cook Christo had volunteered as one of the executioners, and the burglar, having been severely thrashed, was turned out of the monastery and thrust down the path towards the depths of Phyni. Christo was a very good fellow, and he sometimes reminded me of a terrier ready to obey or take a hint from his master upon any active subject, while at others, in his calmer moments, he resembled King Henry's knights, who interpreted their monarch's wishes respecting Thomas à-Becket. On 6th June we had been somewhat startled by the sudden appearance in the afternoon of a man perfectly naked, who marched down the approach from the spring and entered the monastery-yard in a dignified and stage-like attitude as though he had the sole right of entree. A t first sight I thought he was mad, but on reference to the monks I discovered he was perfectly sane. It appeared that he was a Greek about fortyfive years of age, who was a native of Kyrenia, and for some offence twenty years ago he had been ordered by the priests to do penance in this extraordinary manner. His body, originally white, had become quite as brown as that of an Arab of the desert ; he possessed no clothing nor property of any kind, not even a blanket during winter ; but he wandered about the mountains and visited monasteries and certain

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