“Deserves a wide reading. It breathes a real humanitarian interest in the present unhappy fate of over ten million people; and on its constructive side suggests a way out of a Far Eastern situation full of dangers for the American people....Contains a reasonably complete summary of modern Korean history, from the American-Korean treaty in 1882 til 1919, including four chapters on the ‘independence movement’ of 1919 and the harsh measures taken by the Japanese to suppress the so-called ‘insurrection.’ The book concludes by suggesting a policy to be adopted by the Christian nations of the world, especially America, a policy of protest against the reign of terror which the Japanese military party has initiated in Korea. The author sees in the future, unless the Japanese can be brought to their senses by such a protest, a growing unrest in the Far East among Japan’s subject races which will culminate in a great war in the Pacific, into which America will inevitably be drawn.” -W. W. McLaren, The American Political Science Review, 1920
"Mr. F.A. McKenzie has been abused in the columns of the Japanese press_ with a violence which, in the absence of any reasoned controversy, indicated a last resource. In answer to his specific charges, only one word has been uttered—'lies!'
"Yet these charges embrace crimes of the first magnitude—murder, plunder, outrage, incendiarism, and in short all the horrors that make up tyranny of the worst description. It is difficult to see how Mr. McKenzie's sincerity could be called into question, for he, too, like many other critics of the new Administration, was once a warm friend and supporter of Japan.
"In those days, his contributions were quoted at great length in the newspapers of Tokyo, while the editorial columns expressed their appreciation of his marked capacity. So soon, however, as he found fault with the conditions prevailing in Korea, he was contemptuously termed a 'yellow journalist' and a 'sensation monger.'"—From "Empires of the Far East" by F. Lancelot Lawson. London. Grant Richards.
"Mr. McKenzie was perhaps the only foreigner outside the ranks of missionaries who ever took the trouble to elude the vigilance of the Japanese, escape from Seoul into the interior, and there see with his own eyes what the Japanese were really doing. And yet when men of this kind, who write of things which come within scope of personal observation and enquiry, have the presumption to tell the world that all is not well in Korea, and that the Japanese cannot be acquitted of guilt in this context, grave pundits in Tokyo, London and New York gravely rebuke them for following their own senses in preference to the official returns of the Residency General. It is a poor joke at the best! Nor is it the symptom of a powerful cause that the failure of the Japanese authorities to 'pacify' the interior is ascribed to 'anti-Japanese' writers like Mr. McKenzie."—From "Peace and War in the Far East," by E.J. Harrison. Yokohama. Kelly and Walsh
Contents I. OPENING THE OYSTER II. JAPAN MAKES A FALSE MOVE III. THE MURDER OF THE QUEEN IV. THE INDEPENDENCE CLUB V. THE NEW ERA VI. THE RULE OF PRINCE ITO VII. THE ABDICATION OF YI HYEUNG VIII. A JOURNEY TO THE "RIGHTEOUS ARMY" IX. WITH THE REBELS X. THE LAST DAYS OF THE KOREAN EMPIRE XI. "I WILL WHIP YOU WITH SCORPIONS" XII. THE MISSIONARIES XIII. TORTURE A LA MODE XIV. THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT XV. THE PEOPLE SPEAK—THE TYRANTS ANSWER XVI. THE REIGN OF TERROR IN PYENG-YANG XVII. GIRL MARTYRS FOR LIBERTY XVIII. WORLD REACTIONS XIX. WHAT CAN WE DO?