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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88

Corea [Korea],   pp. 252-266 PDF (6.9 MB)

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                            No. 203.
                     Mr. Toulk to Ar. Bayard.
N'o. 15.]               LEGcATION OF THLE UNITED STATES,
          Seoul, Corea, November 1, 1886. (Received December 16.)
  SlI: After some delay, largely the outcome of the political disturb-
ance of August last, the principal one of the schools of the Corean Gov-
ernment, for which three teachers have been furnished from the United
States, was successfully established about a month ago. Thirty-five
young gentlemen, most of whom are the sons of noblemen, were selected
as pupils, and have taken up their quarters in dormitories at the school.
The teachers report, after a month's experience, admirable progress ot
the pupils, and the generally satisfactory condition of the school. One
of the teachers may soon be transferred to.the charge of a class of pupils
established in the hospital under Dr. II.N. Allen. I am trying to effect
the establishment of a third school in the building formerly assigned to
me by the Corean Government as my residence upon my arrivwl with
the Corean embassy in 1884.   The schools are looked on with general
favor by Coreans; they are economically and quietly conducted. * * *
  The steamer purchased in June last by the Corean Government from
the American Trading Company of Yokohama is regularly plying under
the Corean ensign, engaged in: bringing tribute rice to Chemulphoyfrom
the southern ports at a great saving of expense to the Government. A
second steamer has just been purchased by-a Coreau company and Will
be employed also in carrying tribute rice. This purchase was from Mr.
Edward Tuke, an American merchant of Nagasaki, Japan.
   The Government has shown commendable energy in erecting the build-
 ings.for the powder-making machinery purchased from the American
 Trading Company of Yokohama. The powder-mills should be ready for
 making powder during the present month,
   The Government farm is receiving the support> of the Government as
 heretofore, but its improvement has received a great check through the
 sudden death of Mr. Choie-Kyiing Sok, who founded the farm upon his
 return from the United States, where he had gone in 1883 as attach6
 oof the Corean embassy.
   His Majesty is warmly supporting an officer who has undertaken to
 improve the roads between Seoul and Chemulpho with the idea of estab-
 lishing wagon transportation over them.
   A company of Coreans proposes to advance capital to construct a tel-
 egraph line from Seoul to Fusan to connect with the Japanese subma-
 rine cable.    * * The Government has again decorated Dr. H. N.
 Allen, of the Royal Hospital, and is now fitting up a commodious and
 excellent establishment to serve as a new hospital under his charge.
 .Dr. EllrVrs; a lady physician, procured through Dr. Allen, is in regular
 attendance upon ,the Queen, and is very commendably spoken of for her
 tact and good work.

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