La Catastrophe de la Martinique: five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (five)                         II.   Before the Volcano (On the way to Saint-Pierre, at sunset)     The land!  It is always there at the end of a voyage, an impatience, a quivering, when we approach land. The […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (four)               At Basse-Terre, we were reassured. At Pointe we found a thousand Martiniquais refugees, of whom around five hundred had come not wanting to stay at Fort-de-France, for being told it had been rendered uninhabitable by the previous day’s […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (part three)                 To report… Now the fact, at Saint-Pierre, is that these inhabitants wanted to go. And if these inhabitants seems to you too general, absolutely, take that portion of the inhabitants whose example had the chance of […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (two)                 The fifth of May, when the volcano ravaged the valley of the Rivière-Blanche, and the approaches to the Prêcheur, he alerted Paris. The sixth of May, when the volcano, in devastating the valley of the Rivière des […]

Translation: Jean Hess, La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.       Preface           Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not […]