Jonas G Hugendubler Letter 1902
A PALMYRA BOY Writes of the Horrible Sight Witness- Mr ed of Mont Pelee. IKUS Ueary Hiigendnbler. sou of and Mrs. David Hugendubler. of Palmyra, an ex-cavalryman of the Fiftii I'nittd States cavalry, now em- plriyed l.y tbe government at San Juan. I'orto Hico. lias written a l<ttrr to his MIT. Mrs. Noah K. Mark, at Palmyra. hich is interesting. A part of it reads as follows: "I Bin still among the living. \Ve have an active volcano near here. '.2*1 mill's to tin- southeast. It completely destroyed St. Pierre, a city of 4ci.ii(»i people. 1 haw lieen then- and have •11 the great volcaaio and the ruins of lilt- city, it looks horrible; 1 went from Juim to St. Pierr<- on the ship us. u frovcrniii<-nt navy l»oat: left San Juan at midnight on May Kith ifd arrived at St. Pierre on May 1.1th it 'J o'clock in tlie aftenhxm. nnd Inter in tlie evening I arrived at Port d>' France. ".Mt- Pelee was in a state of eruption the time I was there nnd Port de was in a panic — aivuit . people all told. On the morning of the -I'th there was a violent eruption. The hot ashes passed over Port dc Franc" tind the people were in a terri- hle state of excitement. But as Providence Providence would have it the ticry elements passed over the city without doing any damage. \Vc pulled to sea on tlie S'tli at noon and 1 was glad of it. I don't want to see any more voleam>es or eruptions: it is soniotlihij* terrible t« behold: I cannot write it as I coxiUl. 11 it to you. I nnd several other Americans wen- together and yon lijrlit know w«> could not talk French, i - .vc ail stayed there to meet our fate itli the rest, wliicli was confronting <. lint as luck would have it we came nit at the safe end. " I will send yon some .islu-s which I got myself from the side of the volcano. volcano. I suppose all the girls and boys 1 knew n Palmyra are married by this * -since I left more than six years Well, it in a good thing rf they ti ago.