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Paris 1888, Poussielgue. Restored stiff wrs., 374p., a tiny mend to title page lower corner, 374p., 12 x 18 cm., frontis portrait of Bretenieres, contents foxed, else solid, cover title in facsimile, back cover preserved. FIRST EDITION The author, Monseigneur D'Hulst [1841-1896] was the founder and rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris. He wrote the true and historic story about the missionary activities of Bretenieres and his fellow missionaries, all of whom were murdered by the Koreans in 1866. WHO WAS JUST DE BRETENIERES [1838-1866] MISSIONARY TO KOREA: Just de Bretenieres was martyr in Korea, was the only brother of the late venerable and respected superior of Saint Francis de Sales College in Dijon, his father was the Baron of Bretenieres, a small village about seven miles out side of Dijon. Just de Bretenieres entered the Paris Seminary for Foreign Missions in 1859. His parents were staying in that city at the time, and the news which the son announced was a severe blow which they both faced with silent grief, but with perfect resignation, the father actually presenting his son in person at the Mission House in the Rue du Bac. The allotments to missions are not known at the Missions Etrangeres [Foreign Missions] until shortly before the young priests departure. When Just de Bretenieres was told that he should go to Korea, his joy knew no bounds. Three others were to accompany him, Fathers Dorie, Beaulieu and Huin. The class numbered eleven and all departed together. They stopped at Cairo and after a voyage of forty days arrived in Hong Kong. The four "Koreans," as they were called, then went on to Manchuria to await a favorable opportunity for landing on the closely guarded coasts of Korea. Ten months from the time they left Paris these young priests reached their mission. Just de Bretenieres remained with Bishop Berneux, living in the back room of a Korean Christian's house, where he stayed in hiding. "It is the only place I have," he wrote to his parents, for exercising my long limbs. "Like a squirrel in his cage, I turn round and round, and imagine myself making delightful excursions in the mountains." As the room was not high enough for the tall young man who occupied it to stand erect, we can understand his special difficulty in securing exercise. Here the Korean Christians assembled in turn to attend Mass and to receive the Sacraments. Through the perfidy of a native Korean Christian, Bishop Berneux was captured February 23, 1865. Four days later, Just de Bretenieres was arrested and tried, at first without torture. He had as yet learned only enough of the Korean language to fulfil a necessary ministry, and could make but one reply to all questions: "I came to Korea to save souls, and I will joyfully die for God." He was tried again on each of the four following days, and every question was accompanied by the bastinade, administered with heavy cudgels on the leg-bones, the bottom of the feet and the great toes. He did not utter a cry during this ordeal. After each interrogatory, Just's mangled limbs were wrapped in oiled paper and he was taken back to prison. When the sentence of death had been pronounced, he was thrown into a filthy jail which the deafening noise of a bell ringing continuously night and day, the darkness, the vermin and foul air made more dreaded than torture itself. Although Just de Bretenieres had to spend several days in this awful abode, where his wounded body had no resting place except the bare, humid ground, he had the supreme consolation of meeting there his Bishop with Fathers Beaulieu and Dorie who had all undergone similar treatment and brutal punishment at the hands of the Korean magistrate.. On March 8th the four prisoners were carried in wooden chairs, their legs and arms bound to the rungs, their heads drawn backward and tied. Above the head of each was an inscription: Just's bore these words: "Paik [Just's Korean name], rebellious and disobedient, condemned to death after many tortures." Bishop Berneux was the first summoned. His head fell to the ground at the third blow. Just was called next. His attendants unloosed him and tore off his clothing. Then they threw water on his face and sprinkled it with lime. Each ear was bent over and fixed with a dart. Under his arms, tied behind his back, they passed a pole, by which he was suspended and carried about the arena in decreasing circles until he finally reached the centre. Here they placed him on his knees, a soldier holding the cord by which his hair was tied. Six executioners, armed with immense broad-bladed knives, surrounded the young priest whose serenity never forsook him for an instant. Four blows were struck, and Just de Bretenieres was among the band of martyrs. His body was thrown by the Pagans into one grave with his three companions in martyrdom. Five months later, the faithful ventured to give these sacred remains a Christian burial. It was not until September of that year that Mr. & Mrs. de Bretenieres received word of their son's glorious end. The father shed tears abundantly, but the mother did not weep; her mute agony was terrible to behold, but these parents had the grace to renew, in the presence of Bishop Rivet who brought the news, the sacrifice, which they had made to God, of their child; and, together with Christian, they recited a Te Deum. CONDITION: The book has been restored, using a facsimile front cover title, the original back cover was preserved over new stiff covers. Contents solid, clean, usual foxing for a book of this period from France. Rough cut edges as issued on three edges, typical French format binding. REFERENCES: WorldCat locates copies of this title: BRETENIERES+MISSIONNAIRE+APOSTOLIQUE&qt=advanced&dblist=638 Color scans of this and other items are posted to our web site. .
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