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 […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-three)                       I read in the last number of the Colonies, this of the 7th:   The panic at Saint-Pierre   The migration from Saint-Pierre continues to be more and more intense. From the morning to the evening, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-two

Jean Hess La Castastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-two)                               XXXVIII The Life in Saint-Pierre Under the Menace of the Volcano Documents and interviews   Of what life was in Saint-Pierre, during the days leading up to the catastrophe, one can form […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-one)                 The metropolis at once gave testimony to the lively interest she bears for Martinique, and how sorrowfully ring in France the echoes of the catastrophe where forty thousand Martiniquais, forty thousand French, found death. M. Decrais, Colonial Minister, and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty)                       1:27. Sea withdraws 25 to 30 meters before returning to shore passing the normal level by several meters; numerous formations of fumaroles and crevices in the valley of the Rivière-Blanche from the mouth to the volcanic […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-nine)                   The scientific mission spoken of by M. Knight has sent, by a letter of 8 July to the Minister of the Colonies—a letter received the 20th of July—its advice on the situation of Martinique vis-à-vis the volcano. This […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-eight)             And I come again to M. le sénateur Knight. He has lost one hundred and four members of his family, and all his belongings, all his fortune (save the 125,000 francs given him by the Bank), but, he says, this personal […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-seven)                           XXXVI Senator Knight Again     I made the return crossing in the company of M. le sénateur Knight. I have mentioned already, in the course of this volume, some of the “political views” […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-six)           This passage contains, within quotes from interview subjects, some strongly racist opinions.     The journal that represents the radical socialist majority of Martinique voters, the organ of the people of color, of negroes has printed, therefore, these beautiful compliments to the […]