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SCENE AT THE CORONATION OF KING GEORGE V AND QUEEN MARY,
IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, JUNE 22, 1911
The center of the picture shows the “theater" with steps, erected at the junction of choir, sanctuary,
and transepis where the King, after being crowned, sat enthroned, and received homage.
That is to say:
ANY things have been said of the
KIRISHITAN JASHUMONNO foreign missionary work, some of
MADENOTORI KATAKU KI them extravagant, most of them unkindly, a few witty, sparkling, cutting, and in many cases wrong.
This, frankly, is no defense of the for- “The evil sect Kirishitan eign missions; it is not even a Christian firmly forbidden as hithert view of the work. I am a Japanese by birth-a mere heathen. It is, therefore, an impression
boa of an outsider pure
the and simple, and
ins these I know to be facts. Forty-odd years
the ago, at every gate to both the Flower Capital of the mi
yea kado and Yedo,
ele city of the shogun,
Pr at many of the en
tia trances to the towns and villages of Nippon, there stood a
pa large notice-board.
ch It was official. In
Si bold, heavy, black,
th fat strokes, so that
ch he who
VICE-ADMIRAL URIU the highway might
He studied at the United States Naval Academy, read, was the fol
married a Japanese who was a Christian and was
m lowing: Russia held high command under Admiral Togo.
the only result, and not the most impor- Away back in the early seventies of the tant.
last century,- in those days when the new Fifty years ago there was no such ex- Nippon was being born,- there was a time pression as "religious freedom" in the en- when the empire went drunk on the heady tire range of Nippon literature. To-day wine of Occidental civilization. To know the phrase has been written into the con- something about the wonderful West, out stitution of the land. Less than fifty of which came those wonderful black ships years ago, if you wished to have a free of war which had compelled the powerful fight on the spot, without loss of time, all shogunate to do its sweet pleasure, was the that you had to do was to call a gentleman order of the day. Every daimio, or lord a “Yaso" — that is to say, “Jesus.” And of a clan, established a school where forto-day ? Admiral Uriu, who battered the eign languages and sciences were to be
A JAPANESE NOTICE - BOARD (IN THE FOREGROUND) The large buildings are the government offices on the street by the castle road in Fukui. A usual form of notice read: “The evil sect called Christian' is strictly prohibited. Suspicious persons should be reported to the proper officers, and rewards will be given." These anti-Christian edicts were written on boards about two feet long and one foot high.
fine Russian cruiser l'ariag in the harbor taught. Our lord of Kumamoto clan also of Chemulpo, is a Christian; and many established one. But how to secure a forother officers of the navy and army of Ja- eign instructor who would teach the pan of to-day are proud to be called Yaso. Western knowledge to the children of The editors of some of the leading metro- the samurai of Kumamoto, there was the politan dailies are Christians. In 1890, rub, and more especially because the lord when the Imperial Diet was convened for of the Kumamoto clan was particular. the first time in the history of Japan, the The clan of Kumamoto, as all the empire House of Representatives had a Christian knew, was proud of two things, its historic for its president. His Majesty the Em castle, built by Kato Kiyomasa, and the peror of Japan contributes regularly to the heroic tradition of its warriors as brave as funds of the Y. M. C. A. To-day no one the builder of the castle. It was all very can irritate a Japanese by calling him well for other effete clans to employ forYaso. These are some of the fruits of the eign bonzes — that is to say, missionaries missionary work in Japan. Not the fruit, -as instructors to their young men; but however.
not for Kumamoto. The clan of Kuma