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COREA.

The Rev E. J. F.ner lecturing at Weillngiou aald : Oorea, whloo 1b about twice the 6iZ« of Scotland is dose to Japan, and ia follpwlng closely on the heels of that country m tbe matter of advancement, although the Datives of tbe island were tbe last of the civilised peoples of tbe wot id to wake up to a modern conception of life Tbe capital town is Seoul, which is situated m the mountains, 28 miles from the port of Ohemulpo, and bo cheap is the mode of travel between the two places that it only coeta 3) for the use of two horses and a guide for the journey, The Island is exceedingly mouutainou* ; tome of tbe ranges being 7000 and 8000 feet high. The capital is surrounded by a wall, and the gates, five m number, are dosed at night. S .earners — some of them ai good as those of the Union Company of JNew Zealand — belonging to a Japanese Company, trade to Obemulpj. Seoul is the most unique city Me Porter had ever seen. The town does not oontaln a single hotel, but within the walls several immense palaoes belonging to tbe king, each a principality m Itself. Bulls, shod with straw, are the principal beans of burden. The Natives wear shoes of straw, and as a pair only ooats about a halfpenny, everybody can afford to buy a oovering for tbe feet. Seoul is also a remarkable town, In that a mountain 2000 ft high Is situated within its waUt. The Preßby terlan mission m the town has not been long established, but it li making good progress. The Government oi the country is not hostile to the movement, but m order that ceriain of the Natives might not be angered, no singing is *.t present; indulged m by the mlsilonarles aod thele converts. The people of Ooiea are very superstitious Tbe thresholds of their houses are built blgb, so as to prevent the evil spirits from going m, and In many of the bouses a partition is erected outside the front door for the same purpose. The natives worship their ancestors and great respect is pa d to berpents, which are never destroyed, Infantloide is almost unknown, and sons pay great reapeot to their fathers. There is no British legation m Oorea, but the Interests of Queen Victoria's subjects are protected by the British Minister at Pekln. Oorea (which means " The Land of this Morning Calm") is a tributary of Oaina, but tbe Government retains to Itself the right ;of making its own diplomatic terms with foreign nations. Li Hi, tbe present king of Cor t a, belongs to ft family whioh has held the Oorean throne slnoe 1392. .

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COREA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2134, 14 May 1889

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