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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-four)                     And so the people were afraid. They felt the danger. They had a presentiment of something which would overwhelm them. People with scientific pretensions spoke of the collapse of the mountain, of an earthquake. Others did not […]