China, Japan and Korea

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C. Scribner's sons, 1921 - China - 327 pages
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Page v - The basis of our political systems, is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of Government; but the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government, presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.
Page v - ... all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force — to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community...
Page 157 - The preservation of the common interests of all Powers in China by insuring the independence and integrity of the Chinese Empire and the principle of equal opportunities for the commerce and industry of all nations in China...
Page v - ... incongruous projects of faction rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests. " However combinations or associations of the above description may. •now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be ertabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government destroying afterwards...
Page 314 - ... permanent peace in the Extreme East, and being convinced that these objects can be best attained by the annexation of Korea to the Empire of Japan, have resolved to conclude a treaty of such annexation, and have for that purpose appointed as their plenipotentiaries, that is to say, his Majesty the Emperor of Japan...
Page 142 - How shall we dispose of our surplus millions ? Our small country can hardly find room within its narrow boundaries to accommodate its yearly increase of half a million people. We cannot kill them wholesale, nor can we fill up the Sea of Japan and make dry land of it for them to settle on. We would like to go to Kansas, or anywhere but Hades, where we could escape starvation. But however hospitable America may be, she refuses to receive so many newcomers all at once.
Page 221 - ... phrase of the time, by leaps and bounds. Those who, like Malthus, sounded a note of warning, showing that population increases, unlike the supply of food, by geometrical progression, were answered that compound interest follows the same admirable law. It was obvious to many of our grandparents that a nation which travels sixty miles an hour must be five times as civilised as one which travels only twelve, and that, as Glanvill had already declared in the reign of Charles II, we owe more gratitude...
Page 34 - For him, the institution of a Republic meant " instability of a rampant democracy, of dissension and partition." The country at large would never support the revolutionaries. If they should succeed in overthrowing the dynasty, the results would be chaos, "amidst which all interests would suffer, and for several decades there would be no peace in the Empire.
Page 197 - Korea is absolutely Japan's. To be sure, by treaty it was solemnly covenanted that Korea should remain independent. But Korea was itself helpless to enforce the treaty, and it was out of the question to suppose 'that any other nation with no interest of its own at stake would attempt to do for the Koreans what they were utterly unable to do for themselves.
Page 136 - one half of the world does not know how the other half lives.

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