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 […]

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, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty

Posted by ractrose on 30 Aug 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty)                 Mr. Thompson said that he flew into his chamber, while the steamer was heaving, and the masts and stacks were falling into the water. “The eyes, the ears, the mouth, the clothing, of those who’d been on deck were […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: nineteen

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (nineteen)               Towards nine in the morning, during a lightening of cover, M. Marie-Sainte could clearly distinguish Mt. Pelée reduced by at least three hundred meters, the crest sheared off, the flanks widely cracked. Surrounded by the survivors of his former crew, […]