La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty)                           XXV A conversation with former deputy M. Duquesnay   An explanation of the phenomenon. And again, politics…   M. Duquesnay is the deputy not reelected from Fort-de-France. He did not give me details on […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-nine)             They even itemized facts: They said that for the common man, the factory owner pressured by the weekly wage, the new management did not accept his documents, the receipts of deposit; the new order raised the objection, they said, that the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-eight)                           XXIV Interview with M. Peyrouton  The Treasury. The Bank.     Our former colleague, Peyrouton, who was director of l’Estafette, is treasurer of Saint-Pierre. Returning from leave, on the Canada, he was to have […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-seven)               I’ve counted. Forty whites at least, of all classes and all ranks, creoles, officials, soldiers and officers, have affirmed to me with indignation, that in his writings (lines read between), the editor of l’Opinion had cleverly expressed what the blacks […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-six)                   The chiefs carried big sticks. The priest, who had seen this, and who heard the gendarme tell his story, added: “What was most amusing were the wives of the thieves, who prepared their meals.” The father did not […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-five)               “The inhabitants of the north were ignorant as to the destruction of Saint-Pierre. Two hundred people from Céron refused to embark. The curé of Grande-Rivière related to us the exodus of inhabitants towards Basse-Terre, and La Trinité. “In summary,” said […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-four)                           XXI  Interview with M. LAGARRIGUE A moving voyage aboard the Rubis, on the morning of the 8th     Lagarrigue, confessor of Saint-Pierre is, I do believe, the only man of the cloth of […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-three)             “The 21st, the crater still smoked a great deal. “The 22nd, the mission left and worked as usual. We recognized, as had been announced by the Suchet, that the city had changed in aspect. This time, the ruin is consumed. Everything […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinque: thirty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-two)             Monday, 5th. This morning, flat calm, detonations rare. The top of the mountain is covered in a clear, blue cloud. The neighboring houses appear all white. We hear noises like a lava that boils and overflows. Towards one o’clock, louder detonations. […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-one)             Around one o’clock, we heard something like salvos of cannon-fire, issuing regularly, that is to say, at equal intervals. This lasted about an hour and a half. That evening, M. Alain, director of the Pecoul settlement, warned us that there was […]