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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 426

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law shall be enforced, and each proprietor shall be compelled to disgorge his prey, there will be endless complications. In England, twenty-one years' uninterrupted possession, with occupation, constitutes a valid title. In Cyprus the extended holdings have in many instances been inherited, and have remained unquestioned as the acknowledged property of individuals, while in other cases they have been more recently acquired. The question will comprise every possible difficulty, and can only be determined by 'a special commission officially appointed for a local investigation throughout each separate district. This will be a labour of years, and the innumerable intricacies and entanglements will test the patience and honesty of interpreters in a country where bribery has always opened a golden road for an escape from difficulty, while our own authorities are entirely ignorant of the native language. It is this lack of natural means of communication viva voce which increases the already awkward position of high officials : the power of speech belongs to the dragoman alone, and •a great gulf exists between the English and the Cypriote, who represent the deaf and dumb in*the absence of an interpreter. The old song "W e have no money, " is the now stereotyped response to all suggestions for district schools, but if we are to retain Cyprus, one of the most urgent necessities is the instruction of the people in English. It is not to be expected that any close affinity can exist between the governing class and the governed, in the darkness of two foreign tongues that require a third person for their enlightenment. In many cases secrecy may be of considerable importance, and the conversation should be confined to the principals, but the third

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