La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty)               “During the night of the 7th to the 8th, the phenomena redoubled in intensity. The women gathered in the salon, praying. We heard continually the din of the volcano. One could distinguish three sorts of noises very distinctly: intermittent explosions, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-nine)               And it is important to say, because it would be odious to allow the propagation of this absurd legend—survivors imploring for help, and receiving none. Dedicated people, doctors, soldiers, police, the simple citizens, have climbed through the ruins of Saint-Pierre […]

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 where they affix the 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 […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-one

Posted by ractrose on 6 Sep 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-one)               Another captain, when he came before Saint-Pierre in the same conditions; when he saw the volcano, once he knew it had ruined the city, had not wanted even to go to Fort-de-France. This was the captain of the Mariette, of […]