The Passing of Korea

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Page 30 - Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
Page vii - They (the Koreans) are overshadowed by China on the one hand in respect of numbers, and by Japan on the other in respect of wit. They are neither good merchants like the one, nor good fighters like the other, and yet they are by far more like Anglo-Saxons in temperament than either, and they are by far the pleasantest people in the Far East to live amongst.
Page 411 - No. 2. would make a long catalogue. After naming many, he continues: "Such is a list of some of the many spirits which swarm about the Korean, keep him under constant espionage, and are ready at any moment to fall upon him in wrath. If he goes among the mountains, they are there; if he goes into his inner room, they are there; if he travels to the remotest corner of the earth, they will follow him.
Page 202 - Finally, they were induced to sign a protocol with Japan on February 23, 1904, by the terms of which Korea practically allied herself with Japan. Korea granted the Japanese transit rights to Manchuria and engaged to give them every possible facility for prosecuting the war. On the other hand, Japan guaranteed the independence of Korea and the safety of the imperial family. By Article 1 of the protocol, Korea was advised ironically to "place full confidence in the Imperial Government of Japan, and...
Page 150 - It appeared that Korea would be divided into two spheres of influence, the Japanese predominating in the south and the Russians in the north. About this time, A. Pavlov, Russian Charge d'Affairs at Peking, became Charge d'Affairs in Korea, replacing N.
Page 172 - In 1902, a very determined attempt to revive the Buddhist cult was made. The emperor consented to the establishment of a great central monastery for the whole country, in the vicinity of Seoul, and in it a Buddhist high priest who was to control the whole church in the land. It was a ludicrous attempt, because Buddhism in Korea is dead.
Page 5 - Japan should adopt the system of the West all government positions, whether diplomatic, consular, constabulary, financial, educational or judicial, whether military or civil, would naturally fall to them, and thus they would be saved from falling to the plane of the common people. Here, stripped of all its glamour of romance, is the vital underlying cause of Japan's wonderful metamorphosis. With a very few significant exceptions it was a purely selfish movement, conceived in the interest of caste...
Page 303 - ... conspicuous in Korean than in Japanese and one needs only to hear a public speech in Japanese and one in Korean to discover the vast advantage which Korean enjoys. Then again, the almost total lack of accent in Japanese words is a serious drawback from the point of view of oratory. So far as we can see there is nothing in Korean speech that makes it less adapted to oratory than English or any other western tongue. In common with the language of Cicero and Demosthenes, Korean is composed of periodic...
Page 28 - Following the Malay migration the same author says : From the Malay Peninsula we may imagine them spreading in various directions. Some went north along the coast, others into the Philippine Islands, then to Formosa, where Mr. Davidson, the best authority, declares that the Malay type prevails. The powerful Black Current, the Gulf Stream of the Pacific, naturally swept northward those who were shipwrecked. The Liu-Kiu Islands were occupied, and the last wave of this great dispersion broke on the...
Page 145 - On the whole it must be considered a mistake so far as the country at large is concerned, for it set in motion a new set of factors which probably did more harm than the temporary enforced seclusion of the King could have done. It acted as a potent factor in embittering the Japanese against Russia and opened the door for Russian intrigue which finally hastened if it did not actually cause the war at present waging.

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