La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-one)                       Despite all their efforts, the tourists could not approach the crater. For that, they would have needed to cross the lake at one of its widest points, 300 meters. They thought they had found a ford, […]

A 19th Century Voting Rights Story

Posted by ractrose on 28 Aug 2019 in Non-Fiction

    Excerpted from The History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians…  Andrew J. Blackbird, The Ypsilanti Job Printing House, 1887   So after one payment of the treaty of 1855, late in the fall of 1856, I went up to Mr. Gilbert, who was then Indian agent, and made known to him my intention, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy)                             XLII The Crater Before the Catastrophe     In the course of various interviews I have published, various information has been noted, on the state of the crater of Mount Pelée, between the […]

A “This Day” Piece (August 21)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Aug 2019 in Non-Fiction

Awaiting orders to detrain at Camp Shelby, a quartet of Japanese-Americans swing out to the accompaniment of a Hawaiian ukulele. (Source, photo and caption above: United States Library of Congress)   On this day (among many other things):   Hawaiian Statehood was made official, at a signing session attended by Vice President Richard Nixon, as […]

The Story of the German Ambassador

Posted by ractrose on 19 Aug 2019 in Non-Fiction

        Adventures in Research The Story of the German Ambassador   Leopold von Hoesch was a career diplomat whose most notable posts were at Paris, from 1924-1932, and London, from 1932-1936. For a time he was, in his dealings with the two Allied powers, the key representative for interwar Germany. But he […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-nine)                               XLI   The Catastrophe and the Seers     It was to be expected. The catastrophe must have been predicted by the seers, and above all, by one seer. The creoles have […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-eight)                   The bishop had spoken of Sodom. One of his priests, the curé of Point-de-Pitre, pronouncing a sermon on the 10th of May, dared only make allusion to the cursed cities… But what allusion. Here is the sermon, taken […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-seven)                           II.     Let Us at least permit, after the eminent and sympathetic Gouverneur de la Guadeloupe, the bestowing on the new necropolis of our most feeling memory. Oh, formless jumble of so many […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-six)               I heard a woman say that at the time of the two eruptions she had seen devils in the clouds of smoke, and that these devils were given liberty by the Lord to punish the sinners of Martinique. And the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-five)                   I have still other letters, other notes, but those above, I believe, suffice to show in what terrors, in what fearfulness, perished Saint-Pierre… And above all, serve for proof that if they had let the people be free […]