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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 416

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ith commercial and agricultural reforms, the same energy now bestowed by the governor and other officials would rapidly expand the resources of the island. W e are prone to expect too much, and must remember that at the time I write, only twelve months have elapsed since the day of the British military occupation. N o officers understood either the language, or laws, of the people they had to govern ; they were for the most part specially educated for the I military profession, and they were suddenly plunged •rinto official positions where agricultural, legal, commercial, and engineering difficulties absorbed their : entire attention, all of which had to be comprehended through the medium of an interpreter. It is rare that the most favoured individual combines such general knowledge ; Turks and Greeks, antagonistic races, were to lie down contented like the lion and jthe lamb under the blessing of a British rule : all animosities were to be forgotten. The religion of Mussulmans would remain inviolate, and the Greek Church would hold its former independence : freedom and equality were to be assured when the English flag replaced the Crescent and Star upon the red ensign beneath which Cyprus had withered as before a flame ; the resources of the country were to awaken as from a long sleep, and the world should witness the marvellous change between Cyprus when under Turks, and when transferred to Englishmen. " Look upon that picture, and on this ! " Th e officers of our army were the magicians to effect this transformation, not only strangers to the climate, language, laws, customs, people, but without money: as the island had been robbed of revenue by the conditions of the Turkish Convention,

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