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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 396

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CHAPTER XVI. SOMETHING ABOUT TAXATION. T HE monastery gardens of Trooditissa at the close of July exhibited the great fruit-producing power of the soil and climate at this high altitude, but at the same time they were examples of the arbitrary and vexatious system of Turkish taxation, which remains unchanged and is still enforced by the British authorities. I shall describe this in detail, and leave the question of possibility of development under such wholesale tyranny to the judgment of the public. It is difficult to conceive how any persons can expect that Europeans, especially Englishmen, will become landowners and settle in Cyprus when subjected to such unfair and irritating restrictions. No produce can be removed from any garden until it shall have been valued for taxation by the government official appointed for that purpose, at the rate of 10 per cent, ad valorem. At first sight this system appears incredible, but upon an examination of the details our wonder ceases at the general absence of cultivated vegetables and the propagation of superior qualities of fruits. If the object of the government were purposely to repress all horticultural enterprise, and to drive the inhabitants to

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