A FATHER'S LETTER.

By G. NEERO.

[ Giobu Neero is the name of a gentleman who resides in the Pro. vince of Satsuma Japan, and who was formerly a Cabinet Minister under the Prince of that famous province. He belongs to a noted family and was one of the first men in that Empire who advocated a change in the policy of the nation, from a state of semi-barbarism to one of civilization. He took no part in the late Japanese Revolution, and has never been anxious to be connected with the general government. In 1865, on account of his high character and rare abilities, he was commissioned by his Government to take charge of sixteen young Japanese boys, with whom he visited Europe, and whom he located at various institutions of learning. One of those boys in the present chargé d'affaires from Japan, Mr. Arinori Mori. On his return to Japan, Giobu Neero immediately arranged to send his son to France to be educated, and the following letter, written in the latter part of 1871, was sent to that son by his devoted and noble-minded father. It was originally written in the character- as well as letter-language of Japan, and the present is a literal translation.]

I have received your letter dated February 19, 1871. I am greatly pleased to learn of your progress in educational matters and health. It was unlike the former letter. It seems that you have come to know that I do not like to receive from you presents and the like, and this accords with my views precisely. You have said nothing about the great war. This shows that you are earnest in your studies, and it is my sincere hope that you should so continue. It is now five years since I have seen you. As you have reached your sixteenth year, it is proper for me, at this epoch of your life, when you are entering upon the more important objects of your career, to address you with kindest feeling. First, it is a parental duty that a man should sacrifice his beloved son for the sake of his country. Regretting that we have no proper educational system in Japan, I have had fears that my son might grow up without education. It was quite unexpected that I should have been appointed to go abroad in the Spring of 1865. During the voyage I witnessed an incident at Singapore, which I will relate. There were among the passengers

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  • Preface. I
  • Part I. the Japanese Embassy. 5
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 55
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 67
  • The Chinese Ambassador in France. 72
  • Co-Education of Boys and Girls. 79
  • Oriental Civilization. 82
  • History of Japan. 86
  • Christianity in Japan. 91
  • The Strength and the Weakness of Republics. 94
  • The Japanese Costume. 100
  • A Father's Letter. 103
  • The Memorable Year. 108
  • George Washington. 114
  • Public and Private Schools. 117
  • Christmas. 124
  • Japanese Poetry. 127
  • Part Iii. Life and Resources in America. 137
  • Introdudtion. 139
  • Official and Political Life. 143
  • Life Among the Farmers and Planters. 159
  • Commercial Life and Developments. 186
  • Life Among the Mechanics. 203
  • Religious Life and Institutions. 215
  • Life in the Factories. 246
  • Educational Life and Institutions. 265
  • Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Life. 282
  • Life Among the Miners. 301
  • Life in the Army and Navy. 312
  • Life in the Leading Cities. 322
  • Frontier Life and Developments. 337
  • Judicial Life. 344
  • Additional Notes. 351
  • Appendix the Imperial Japanese Government's Special Finance and Economic Commission to the United States Headed by Baron Tanetaro Megata - (september 1917-April 1918) 353
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