Korean independence outbreak beginning March 1st 1919

([S.l. :  s.n.,  1920?])



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Fusan, Mr. V/akamatsu, but had been told by him that we were getting
everything that we required, and could send out for any food we wish¬
ed. He also advised Mr. Wright not to try and see us.

In the afternoon wo noticed outside a Korean man who is employed
by our mission and is well known to us. Thinking this would be
an oppoutunity to send home for toilet necessities and food, we asked
permission to speak with him. We wero allowed to give him a message
in the presence of one of the police force who carefully watched him
ai|d us, and noted the list he made at our direction. At nine thirty
P,  M. Mr. Wright arrived vltii  the things wo had asked for. The basket
had been opened by the authorities, its contents searched, and Mr. S
V/right was not allowed to speak with us but was hurried out almost
before we could exchange greetings. After he left we partook of the
firfet satisfying meal we had eaten that day.

That night wo were left undisturbed. The next morning at ten
A. M. the black braided official who had questioned us the previous
day, oame in T/ith a Koreaji interpreter for an interview. The day be¬
fore he 'nad askod me first where the school roll book was, to which I
answered that it was at our house, whore he fo'ind it.  Second, whether
I know of the existence of some Eorean flags 'liat had boon made by
the school girls. As I had neither seen then nor knew of their being
made I answered in the negative, as Hiss Hocking did also.  "Were
there not suoh flags in your house?" was his next inquiry, to whioh I
replied that as far as I knew there virero not-, as I had not seen thea
nor heard of their being taken there. These wore the only questions
that were asked us while we were at the polioe station.

On Thursday morning, the black braided official simply informed
us that Korean national faiigs had been found in our house, told us
that in view of the alliance between Japan and Britain it was unbe¬
coming for us to be mixed up in an affair of this kind, and would not
listen to our statement of the truth of tho case. He said, hovrevee
that we oould go home after the chief of police had seen aad spoken
to us,

T?e were summoned almost immediately to the office for this inr
terview, in the couree of which we were told that v/e had done very
wrongly and that tho we were now being sent home, we were not to
think that it was because we were guiltless. f?ere we prepared, he ask¬
ed US, to promise that we 7fould not do suoh a 'thing again? As we had
not done it once, we replied that we could not say we would not do it
again. Whereupon we were informed that there was positive proof that
we hadtaken part in the rising, and it was also useless for us to say
anything to the contrary. With a final vjarning wo were then dismiss¬

On Friday morning, March 14th, Hiss Menzies, Miss Hocking and I
were called up to tho law courts to undergo a cross examination. For
an hour and a half I had to answer queries. These wore made by an
official in Japanese, interpreted into Eorean by an other, and my re¬
plies after being in'terpreted into Japanese were then vTritten down,
the statement being aftoxT/aiJs submitted to me for approval. The
points to which I would draw notice are; that I was asked if I had
given any seditious teaching in the school of which I Tras principal,
to v/hich I answered that as the aim of my teaching was that the
children should become Christian, I had taught nothing in the nature
of sedition, but at all times encouraged obedience to the laws of the
Japanese Empire. I was told that this could hardly be true as some
of my pupils were in jail on account of their sedition, and I was
further asked if I was not ashamed to see such results of my teach-
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