Reading “Korea and her neighbors” – 11, the Robbers and the Robbed


The cleansing of the Augean stable of the Korean official system, which the Japanese had undertaken, was indeed an Herculean labor. Traditions of honor and honesty, if they ever existed, had been forgotten for centuries. Standards of official rectitude were unknown. In Korea when the Japanese undertook the work of reform there were but two classes, the robbers and the robbed, and the robbers included the vast army which constituted officialdom. ” Squeezing ” and peculation were the rule from the highest to the lowest, and every position was bought and sold.

Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy), 1831-1904. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country (Kindle position No.4180-4183). New York, Chicago [etc.] F.H. Revell Co..

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See: the pictures of before and after.

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