Assorted Opinions: Parity (non-fiction)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2019 in Non-Fiction

  Assorted Opinions Parity                   In the novel I’m currently writing, All Bedlam Courses Past (Bedlam for short), one of the characters is a sometime actress. Being not attached to a company, she finds far fewer opportunities on the stage than her husband. He can play the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-five)                       Readers, this post ends the book (!), and so next week a new Translation Thursday project begins. This time, stories from the Golden Age of mystery, by the author Frédéric Boutet.       XLVII Fear […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-four)                   The rest of the night passed in great anxiety. We saw flames coursing over the hills, illumination enough to see the flight of numerous persons, while others were passing on the main road, announcing they would go to […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-three)             Among the establishments worth calling attention to, we cite again the Government House, the Town Hall, the Bank, the Bishop’s Palace, certain rum factories, the Perinelle sugar refinery, the Bethlehem Asylum, the Customs Warehouse, the Navy Barracks, and the Colonial Hospital […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-two)                             XLIII That Which Was Saint-Pierre     In the course of this volume, I have given a few brief indications of what Saint-Pierre had been, before the catastrophe. There is also a very […]

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 […]