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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 455

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countries, which induces an increase of imports. Th«l women of Cyprus are completely subjugated to theii 1 husbands, and although exempt from the cruelty un| fortunately so prevalent among a similar class in England, they are seldom indulged in the love o finery which in our own country is carried to an excess. The baggy trousers and the high hob-nailed) boots of the Cyprian Venus will hardly excite thel ambition of British manufacturers, and for many years the females will remain in their present positions There are already soap manufactories in the island, and the first groundwork for improvements in personal habits will be ensured by their extension, before the exterior fineries of more civilised communities shall be introduced. We may therefore omit the Cyprian female from the class that would benefit the island commercially, but she will perform her duty in I sensible and simple manner as a good housewife, and thereby assist in the prosperity of her husband the agriculturist. The more pains that we may bestow upon an examination of the resources of Cyprus, thej more certain becomes the conclusion that the present and the future depend entirely upon agricultural development. This fact is patent to all who can pretend to a knowledge of the island, and the question will naturally intrude, " Was Cyprus occupied for agricultural purposes ? " Of course we know it was not : but on the other hand, if we acknowledge the truth, " that it was accepted as a strategical military point, " it is highly desirable that the country should be self-supporting; instead of, like Malta and Gibraltar, mainly dependent upon external supplies. If Cyprus belonged to England or any other Power,

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