June 3, 2014

Lost In Mexico



In 1914, Ambrose Bierce, who was an American writer best known for "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (known to this author as a great episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ , was last heard from in a letter dated December of 1913 bearing a Chihuahua postmark. The letter was sent to his secretary and companion. He had gone to Mexico to get some firsthand experience on the Mexican revolution. He was thought to be traveling with Pancho Villa and his troops when he vanished. Although alternative theories are plentiful as they always are, it is believed that he perished in that war ravaged country, possibly during fighting, or perhaps he was executed as a spy in the municipal cemetery of Sierra Mojada, Coahuila. That is the place where a gravestone bearing his name was erected about ten years ago. Bierce had a motto “nothing matters” and how right he was. Ironically one of his short stories called "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field," tells the tale of a man who is seen crossing a field and then disappears from existence. Perhaps we could conclude that such a story could a foreboding prophecy of his own unexplained disappearance.

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