Catastrophe (part twenty-three)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-three)                       “As there was a weak place, going laterally, effected by that notch of the dry pond I’d mentioned, it gave under powerful pressure, and the heavy mud flowed along the mountain. It devastated the valley of […]

Charles Monselet: Cursed Money (part two)

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One (continued) The Quai des Augustins     “Do you believe so?” He spoke with sublime astonishment. “But then you must go with me to the moneychanger, for aside from this banknote, it happens I have not a single louis.” “It’s […]

Catastrophe (part twenty-two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part twenty-two)                       Behind the façade, plastered with their grandiloquent political programs, there is this. The negro can no longer feed the whites and the mulattos. The white does not want to die, and the mulatto would like […]

Catastrophe (part twenty-one)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-one)                       Another captain, arriving before Saint-Pierre in the same conditions, and seeing the volcano, learning it had destroyed the city, wanted even to avoid Fort-de-France. This was the captain of the Mariette, of Bayonne. M. Cappa, who […]

Catastrophe (part twenty)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part twenty)                       Mr. Thompson said that he flew into his chamber, while the steamer was heaving, and the masts and stacks were falling into the water. “The eyes, ears, mouth, clothing, of those on deck were full […]

Catastrophe (part nineteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part nineteen)                       Around nine in the morning, during a lightening of the clouds, M. Marie-Sainte could distinguish Mt. Pelée shrunken by a clear three hundred meters, the crest sheared off, the flanks widely cracked. Surrounded by the […]

Catastrophe (part eighteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part eighteen)                             XIII. The Ships’ Crews in the Harbor  The Roddam; the Gabrielle; the Roraima The nightmare of the sailors       The harbor of Saint-Pierre, as always in this era of great […]

Catastrophe (part seventeen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part seventeen)                       Meanwhile, at government headquarters had been frequent conferences between the Secretary, the Attorney General, a few notables, and the mayor of the capital, whose incredible activity, and the profound pain to be seen on his […]

Catastrophe (part sixteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part sixteen)                           XI. The Day of the 8th at Fort-de-France The account of the newspaper L’Opinion     As a journalist, I naturally asked a fellow journalist for the story of the “terrible day”. The […]

Catastrophe (part fifteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part fifteen)                       “From my window I saw a thick cloud come out of the volcano. Its base reached the peaks of Carbet. The height of it filled the sky, to more or less six thousand meters. The […]