A young Mitchell Hedges

Mitchell Hedges

       Being of such an independent and adventuresome nature, Hedges left his English Dandy home of privilege at an early age, so he could sink his teeth into life and shake his head wildly from side to side, roaring, at the same time as he was harpooning or snagging on a hooks, giant squids and saw fish, (He still holds the world's record for giant fish caught) while simultaneously uncovering lost and forgotten ancient cities, rooming with the Red Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky, in an apartment in New York City, ( before he renamed himself Trotsky, at that time his name was Leb Bronstein).

    One day when Hedges returned to his apartment he found a note from his new friend he had met on a New York city street corner, when Bronsteiin, a Russian immigrant, who was down and out, after losing one of his perilous jobs as a journalist for far left newspapers. Hedges invited his new acquaintance to room with him in his apartment. (Later, Bownstein changed his name to Leon Trotsky, the Russian radical writer of political persuasions for revolutionary insurrections. At that time, revolutionary leaders had a penchant for adopting pseudonyms, like our movie stars here in America.. Stalin's name when cradled and freshly born was Iosif Vissarionovich Jugashvili, so he decided to rename himself Stalin, which he adopted in 1913..it means "steel"). The note Bronstein left to Hedges simply read, "I must go without saying goodbye. I will not forget. Bronstein." During those 3 weeks spent "couch surfing" in their shared apartment, Hedges says that Bronstein spent his time drinking pints of coffee and writing. Later, in 1919, Hedges says he was approached by UK intelligence chief Basil Thomson to travel to Russia and to contact his buddy Trotsky, and that it was considered a matter of vital importance by the UK government: "There are a great many things we want to find out urgently.." So did Hedges invade Russia to debrief his old friend and roommate Leb? Well, doggone it, the "Official British Secrets Act" is still holding the Hedges files with very tight fists so only time will tell that part of the Hedges mystery and "Tales of Danger and Intrigue". Stay Tuned!

Wikipedia speaks..

    In September 1916, Trotsky was deported from France to Spain for his antiwar activities. Spanish authorities did not let him stay and he was deported to the United States on December 25, 1916. He arrived in New York City on January 13, 1917. In New York, he wrote articles for the local Russian language socialist newspaper Novy Mir and the Yiddish language daily Der Forverts (The Forward) in translation and made speeches to Russian émigrés.

    Trotsky was living in New York City when the February Revolution of 1917 overthrew Czar Nicholas II. He left New York on March 27, but his ship was intercepted by British naval officials in Halifax, Nova Scotia and he spent a month detained at Amherst, Nova Scotia. After initial hesitation, the Russian foreign minister Pavel Milyukov was forced to demand that Trotsky be released, and the British government freed Trotsky on April 29. He finally made his way back to Russia on May 4.

    Back to trying to stay on some kind of Hedges lifeline or timeline. His life was so “comic book” styled that it becomes a bit choppy like each individual panel in a action packed series of unbelievable episodes, but here goes again.

    In 1914, we see him in our minds eye, transferring a trunk full of gold bullion to Mexico to retain or at least help fund Pancho Villa in his Mexican revolution,. The trunk of gold was given to him for safekeeping by one of his many iconic (and rich) employers, William Randolph Hearst. Hedges was employed by Hearst in San Francisco, where he had an adventure packed radio program, and wrote hair raising and harrowing travel stories for the Hearst publishing empire, It was at this juncture on the Hedges life and timeline he may have met Ambrose Bierce another Hearst employee. According to Sybley Morill in his book "Ambrose Bierce, Mitchell Hedges and the Crystal Skull" published in 1972 , Bierce who may have represented American Intelligence and Hedges, an agent for His Majesty’ similarly ordered squadron of agents both were surreptitiously, and in disguise as Villas lieutenants, were actually spying on the German and Japanese agent provocateurs along the West coast of Mexico in their efforts to win over the Mexican government in their espionage assignments during World War One. The oil potential as well as the geographic proximity to Americas borders made Mexico a ripe plum for the German's and the Japanese governments skulduggery.

    That is the last record we have of Bierce.. from then on he is disappeared somewhere..some say that they both went to Belize after buying the Crystal Skull from a Mexican government official in the midst of the pandemonium of the revolution. See what I mean here about the comic book life of Hedges? Only a Spielberg and Lucas team effort could possibly tell the tale.. but even then we all leave the theater (of the mind) shaking our heads in wonder.

    Sometimes there are figures born into humanities bloodstream that single-handedly lift us up to new heights of imagination and nythos. We need that kind of heroism, adventure, intrigue, and skullduggery in order to whet our own appetites for noble enterprises of our own making.

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