Jerrold's Account

"A lamp-post or two awry," Jerrold wrote, "the pavement upheaved, railings twisted, a quiet sheet of water covering what had been streets, and everywhere dead silence; houses dark and empty, a crowd in the distance as silent, moving slowly," Jerrold wrote of Paris. "That was also what one first saw in Messina Harbour.... [Paris] looked as dead as the Marina at Messina."