La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-eight)             And we will linger no longer in discussing the improbabilities, the crying impossibilities. Auguste Sybaris produced for me, simply, the effect of a pillager who, surprised by fire while at work prematurely on a bit of safe-cracking, had wanted to explain […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-seven)                       Two Legends  The miraculous prisoner and the two gunners   Here is an extraordinary story, that of the prisoner, Auguste Sybaris. But, I do not suppose that M. Clerc believed it true, for M. Clerc is […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-six)                       M. Clerc before the eruption and in the ruins   We return to the volcano. Here is how M. Clerc described to me the eruption of the 8th, to which he was witness from the height […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-five)           When M. Jalabert received the dispatch, where M. Landes spoke of the possible fall of the Morne-Lacroix, and of the consequences, he thought it best before posting this, to communicate it to the governor. “There was nothing immediately threatening in the dispatch, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-four)         “Decrais?” “Just so. Mouttet was only an instrument. Mouttet obeyed. You could well say that he died a hero, a victim of professional duty if, from professional duty for a governor of Martinique, you hear absolute obedience to the minister of the colonies, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: 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 told you about, under powerful pressure this gave, and the heavy mud flowed along the mountain. It devastated the valley of the Rivière-Blanche, and carried away […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-two

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

The Meadow Report

Posted by ractrose on 13 Sep 2018 in Non-Fiction

    The Meadow Report The latest developments from the mini-habitat project.   The above pic is of my flower border along the driveway, planted mostly in deer-resistant Coneflowers, Helianthus, Shasta daisy, Tithonia (a real champion performer this year, and easy to grow from seed), and Blue aster. I also have Russian sage, and peaking […]

With Malice Towards None

Posted by ractrose on 12 Sep 2018 in Non-Fiction

Assorted Opinions With Malice Towards None, with Charity for All       The phrase comes from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1865. America’s Civil War was winding to a close, and the hour to many seemed the darkness before the dawn. But division, our nation’s worst (as we’d still like to […]

Assorted Opinions: Grab Bag

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2018 in Non-Fiction

Assorted Opinions: Grab Bag Laser monsters             When cleaning my garage, I came across a forgotten laser pointer. The cats my father had given it to me for the entertainment of, are all past cats now; but recently I’ve adopted two brothers, Ed (grey) and Chester (orange), about a year […]