Abstract

Introduction
VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS OF 1902 AND HOW THEY WERE STUDIED

Three years have passed since the cataclysm of mont Pelé recalled to the world the existence of the Caribbean islands and their volcanoes. At first there was an urgent demand for news concerning the incident, and interest concentrated more in the human than in the scientific side of the story. Corps of photographers, reporters, journalists, geologists, and geographers were hurried to the islands by enterprising publications, societies, and individuals. Publishers required immediate copy, and although the scientific writers demurred to hasty delivery, because there had not been sufficient time for study and deduction of data, the remuneration offered was such that narratives had to be forthcoming. This ravenous public desire for information was as ephemeral as the great tragedy itself, for when, nearly three months later, Martinique suffered another terrible holocaust the incident received but a few lines of mention. . . .

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