Catastrophe (part forty)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part 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 could not […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-nine)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part thirty-nine)                       They even itemized their facts: They said that for the common man, meaning the factory owner pressured by the weekly wage, the Bank’s new management did not accept his documentation, his receipts of deposit; the […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-eight)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part 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 […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-seven)

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

Catastrophe (part thirty-six)

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

Catastrophe (part thirty-five)

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

Catastrophe (part thirty-four)

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

Catastrophe (part thirty-three)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-three)                       The 21st, the crater still smokes a great deal. The 22nd, the mission departs and works as usual. We recognize, as was announced by the Suchet, that the city has changed in appearance. This time the […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part 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 lava that boils and overflows. […]

Catastrophe (part thirty-one)

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