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 […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-five)                   Here it is, admiral; I have exposed your “views from deepest reflections”. I address to the “hearts of steel” your appeal for “bringing forth the New Jerusalem”. Since I cite from the documents of the admiral, this as […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-four)               Then the admiral, still in his capacity as a practical man, adds: “But this is not all. The catastrophe is a fait accompli. One hews to the present. We have buried the dead. We have saved the survivors. We have […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-three)                           XXXV With Admiral Servan   An explanation of the phenomenon. The ideas of the admiral on the future of Martinique. An order of the day. The army and the population.     Admiral Servan […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-two)                 I have had the pleasure of seeing him several times. And I have reckoned the crushing labor that was his to accomplish, since as we say in the navy [Hess was a Navy medic], first things first.* It is […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-one)                             XXXIII  At the Transatlantic   An observation of M. Vié.     M. Vié is the very amiable and very obliging general agent of the Compagnie Transatlantique at Fort-de-France. In the course of […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty)                 The 9th, we resumed the rescue. At 11:30 we were moored before the cove of Belleville, 200 meters from land. A movement underwater occurred. Bubbles, swirls, turbulence. The boat carried three times around its anchor. Pods of frightened porpoises […]