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 […]

Charles Monselet: Cursed Money (part four)

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863           Chapter Two   The Last of the Plougastel     Nothing prevents our following the representative of Pomard, Issakof and Co., Constantinople, the man in the royal blue hat. Leaving the bookseller Jorry’s, he directed his long strides towards the gates […]

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 […]

Catastrophe (part thirty)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part thirty)                       “During the night of the 7th to the 8th, the occurrences redoubled in intensity. The women gathered in the salon, praying. We heard the volcano’s noise constantly. We could easily distinguish three sorts: intermittent explosions, […]