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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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this is a matter that requires the attention of thei authorities when the re-adjustment of the taxes is considered. " Captain Savile's useful book is an echo of consular statements and reports written in England for government information without any personal experience of the island ; but from my own investigations I can thoroughly endorse the views expressed, and I only regret that the miserable conditions of our occupation have rendered such necessary reforms most difficult, as the poverty of the present government of Cyprus cannot afford to run the risk of experimental lessons in taxation. When criticising and condemning existing evils, it must be distinctly understood that I do not presume to attach blame to individual authorities of the local government : I denounce the arbitrary and oppressive system of Turkish rules, which, although in some instances mitigated by our administration, still remain in force, and are the results of the conditions that were accepted when England resolved upon this anomalous occupation. I have to describe Cyprus as I saw it in 1879, and in this work I endeavour to] introduce the public to the true aspect of the situation " as I saw it ; " other people have an equal right with myself to their own opinions upon various subjects, but, should we differ upon certain questions, we shall at least be unanimous in praise of the extreme devotion to a most difficult task in a contradictory position, exhibited not only by the governor, and commissioners of districts, but by all British officers entrusted with authority. If Cyprus were free from the fetters of the Turkish Convention, and the revenue should be available for the necessary improvements,

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