The Volcano's Deadly Work: From the Fall of Pompeii to the Destruction of St. Pierre ... a Vivid and Accurate Story of the Awful Calamity which Visited the Islands of Martinique and St. Vincent, May 8, 1902, as Told by Eye-witnesses and by Our Special Representative, General Samuel A. McAlister
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Pagina 236 - and cinders, though light indeed, yet fell in large showers and threatened destruction. In this distress they resolved for the fields as the less dangerous situation of the two— a resolution which, while the rest of the company were hurried into it by their fears, my uncle embraced upon cool and deliberate consideration. DEATH OF
Pagina 234 - for it shot up to a great height in the form of a trunk, which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches; occasioned, I imagine, either by a sudden gust of air that impelled it, the force of which decreased as it advanced upwards, or the cloud itself being pressed back again by its own weight,
Pagina 235 - separated by a gulf, which the sea, after several insensible windings, forms upon the shore. He (Pomponianus) had already sent his baggage on board ; for though he was not at that time in actual danger, yet being within view of it, and indeed extremely near, if it should in the least increase, he was determined to put to
Pagina 236 - enough to think of going to bed. They consulted together whether it would be most prudent to trust to the houses, which now shook from side to side with frequent and violent concussions ; or to fly to the open fields, where the calcined
Pagina 240 - the shore was considerably enlarged, and many sea animals were left upon it. On the other side a black and dreadful cloud, bursting with an igneous serpentine vapor, darted out a long train of fire, resembling flashes of lightning, but much larger.
Pagina 235 - carrying my uncle to Pomponianus, whom he found in the greatest consternation. He embraced him with tenderness, encouraging and exhorting him to keep up his spirits ; and the more to dissipate his fears he ordered, with an air of unconcern, the
Pagina 236 - longer it would have been impossible for him to have made his way out ; it was thought proper, therefore, to awaken him. He got up and went to Pomponianus and the rest of his company, who were not
Pagina 241 - that Misenum was actually in flames. " At length a glimmering light appeared, which we imagined to be rather the forerunner of an approaching burst of flames, as in truth it was, than the return of day. However, the fire fell at
Pagina 304 - end of the plain, together with the ridge of steep rocks by which it was surrounded, rising probably in some places 300 or 400 feet in perpendicular height, presented an immense volcanic panorama, the effect of which was greatly augmented by the constant roaring of the vast furnaces below.