The main road to Ineboli was heavily guarded, as was that to Samsun.
A great deal of tobacco is grown in the coast districts, more particularly near Samsun.
We replied we were going in the opposite direction, and wanted a boat with which to reach Samsun.
They said if this failed they would then go east towards Samsun, a distance of fully 100 miles across rough mountainous country.
After giving Sweet coffee he said, no doubt, we would now like to be going on our way to Samsun.
Sweet told him we were Germans bound for Samsun, the next port along the coast.
Goods destined for this Vilayet usually come via Samsun, which is about 372 miles from Harput.
East of Samsun, where the coast is partially protected by the Caucasus, the climate is more moderate.