[KS] " The Story of the Awakening and the Destruction of a Nation", Korea, 1866-1907

Kwang On Yoo lovehankook at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 22:11:06 EDT 2010

Dear George,


Chapter V, The Murder of The Queen, Page 62

The night before the day of murder, October 8(Lunar August 20)2am, 1895,
" Rumours had reached the palace that some plot was in progress, but no one
seems to have taken much trouble to maintain special watch. There were two
foreigners in charge of of the palace guards, *Mr. Sabatine, a Russian*, and
General Dye, an American. Neither of these came out of the the affair with
enhanced reputation. General Dye was a very charming old gentleman, skilled
in growing apples. The products of his orchard were the admiration of his
neighbours, but he was of little use in protecting his Royal employers. I
have been unable to find out exactly what he did during the subsequent
events, but he seems to have been shut in a room and to have done
nothing. *Sabatine
*was brushed on one side by the conspirator, and threatened with death if he
interfered. Whatever the excuses of these two men, the damning fact remains
that they lived through that night without suffering so much as a scratch,
and without striking a blow for the woman they were paid to protect."

Also, *Mr. Sabatine's *name appears 3 times in
"Korea and Her Neighbours",1897 by Isabella Bird Bishop;
Chapter XXIII The Assassination of the Queen.

For details, please visit Brother Anthony's So Gang University link:

Many Koreans cherish your  great-grandfather's works.


Kwang-On Yoo

On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM, George Dorian <georgedorian at comcast.net>wrote:

>  Hello Kwang-On,
> Does that book mention my great-grandfather Afanasii Seredin-Sabatin, who
> was the first European architect in Korea.
> Thanks George
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws [mailto:
> koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws] *On Behalf Of *Kwang On Yoo
> *Sent:* Friday, September 17, 2010 6:55 PM
> *To:* Korean Studies Discussion List
> *Subject:* [KS] " The Story of the Awakening and the Destruction of a
> Nation",
> Korea, 1866-1907
> Hello Everyone,
> I would like to let you know that Frederick Arthur McKenzie's first book on
> Korea, "The Tragedy of Korea", originally published in 1908, is
> now available on Amazon.com as a reprinted edition, in addition to his
> second book, "Korea's Fight for Freedom", first published in 1920.
> As the second book has been readily available for a quite some time, I will
> just touch upon "The Tragedy of Korea". In this first book, McKenzie
> introduces it as "the story of the awakening and the destruction of a
> nation".
> His narrative starts with a 1866 incident involving  American schooner
> General Sherman and ends with his daring 1907 journey to the "Righteous Army
> (의병,義兵), covering 40 years of Korea's struggle as a party in political
> conflict with  an "aroused China, an ambitious Japan" and expansionist
> Russia, culminating in The Eulsa Protectorate Treaty (을사보호조약,乙巳保護条約) of
> 1905 and the subsequent uprising of the Righteous Army. A copy of the
> complete treaty is included in the Appendices of the book.
> The Appendix also contains various treaties Chosun signed with foreign
> powers and other Korean treaties signed between 1876-1897. Also included is
> the trial record of Miura Goro (三浦梧樓), the then Japanese Minister to
> Chosun who concocted the plan to murder Queen Min in 1895, known as 을미사변<http://hanja.naver.com/word?q=%E4%B9%99%E6%9C%AA%E4%BA%8B%E8%AE%8A>
> (乙未事變 <http://hanja.naver.com/word?q=%E4%B9%99%E6%9C%AA%E4%BA%8B%E8%AE%8A>
> ).
> McKenzie's final sentences in the book were prophetic. He said "The future
> of Japan, the future of the East, and, to some extent, the future of the
> world, lies in the answer to the question whether the militarists or the
> party of peaceful expansion gain the upper hand in the immediate future. If
> the one, then we shall have harsher rule in Korea, steadily increasing
> aggression in Manchuria, growing interference with China, and in the end,
> *a Titanic conflict, the end of which none can see."*
> He did not live long enough (1869-1931) to witness his prophesy realized.
>  The only fault I found with this reprinted edition is that it is missing 6
> of 27 illustrations and the Petition from the Koreans of Hawaii (page 311).
> The Last Battle of  the Tortoise Ship(거북선, 龜船<http://hanja.naver.com/word?q=%EF%A4%87%E8%88%B9>
> )
> I found this entry fascinating. When General Sherman was grounded in the
> Daedong River, *"An ancient armored float was brought into play, the
> tortoise boat, a scow mounted with cannon and protected by a covering of
> sheet iron and bull hide. The front part of the armour lifted when the shot
> was fired and closed immediately afterward. Even the tortoise boat failed to
> injure the foreign ship."
> I hope you will find this book valuable too.
> Thank You,
> Kwang-On Yoo
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