occasion and even in the shape of animals. She lived in his bungalow but
would go off mysteriously to meetings with other siths on particular days
and of the year (dates which tally with Celtic Irish sith legends).
She was a guru to Brian, encouraging him to achieve a high level of
mysticism, and was the crucial influence in what he released about the
Fawcett story to the public and media. "She latched on to Brian" as Joan
says. Apparently a relationship with a human opens up another dimension
for a sith and this is why throughout history there are reports of them
doing just this. Inevitably she and Brian must have fallen out during
Brian's last years and she went off to find other humans to influence and
relate to. Her emotions were closer to that of an animal and were a part of
Nature itself. She could be affectionate but her feelings had the moral
detachment of Nature that can be viewed by humans at times as heartless.
Brian, thoroughly disgusted with a conditioned sterile society of clones
created by governments to keep people stupid and in ignorance, was
everlasting grateful to "M". "Each year becomes more important to me
and 'M' bears me along with growing impetus and herself becomes more
influential in my everyday normal activities. International affairs seem of
little importance beside my personal life. A lot of what she teaches me
may be passed on to descendents or close relatives and thus need not be
lost since it may be a long time before another member of the family is
given the faculties I enjoy."
ALBERT de WINTON and JESS These two are not entirely historical as the others are. Every drama needs
antagonists to create the conflict essential in a play. The main antagonists
in the Fawcett saga were undoubtedly the media and the press and they
still are. Only recently Joan in Switzerland had yet another TV crew
uninvited on her doorstep demanding the facts about her father.
Albert and Jess represent to Brian the rude and crude assaults on his
father's story and the attempts to commercialise it over a fifty-year
However both are based on real people who I have transplanted to the
1980's to emphasise the story's ongoing drama into our own times.
The original Albert de Winton died in 1933. He was of British origin but
had gone to Hollywood to become an actor and impresario. He gave up
everything to go and look for Fawcett. His close friend Aida de Milt (who
I have renamed Jess and saved the original name for her American
producer friend) circulated the news of his death to various authorities.
By the sound of her letters she was dismayed by Albert's obsession and
felt he had wasted his life.
Albert de Winton wrote to the Royal Geographical Society on 24th
August 1932 stating his planned route, "I intend to ascend the Madeira
River, then along the Guapore when I shall cross overland into the Mato
Grosso. Please accept my thanks for any information you can give me
relative to Col P.H. Fawcett" Albert was completely on the right track. He
would have reached the River of Doubt (The Roosevelt) and then the
Tapajos headwaters (exactly the route of Rattin and the Ullyatt brothers),
but the RGS in their wisdom seem to have passed on the false Dyott co-
ordinates to him. It seems Albert took this advice and went to his death in
an area that Fawcett had never visited. Aida de Milt wrote that he had
been poisoned by a tribe who resented his presence and set him afloat
very ill in a canoe.
I have given to Albert some of Hugh MCarthy's story. In 1949, Hugh, a
New Zealand schoolteacher, set off from a Mato Grosso church mission
at Peixoto in a canoe with six carrier pigeons given to him by Rev.
Jonathan Wells. Some came back with the message that he had found
"Z", the lost city and then a final message that he was dying. The
authorities concluded that Hugh must have lost his mind before his death.
In the play nobody escapes from the whirlpool that eventually sucks
every one in. Albert and Jess start out as typical stressed out media
people, almost banally stereotyped, and then they gradually evolve as
events take hold. Even Jess, the staunchest antagonist of all, finally
Enough biography has appeared in the preface and the play but there are a
few extra points to make briefly:
In the Secret Papers we get a description by Brian certainly not found in
Exploration Fawcett: "Concerning his South American work…let anyone
question his cherished theories on the pre-Colombian history of the
continent and a shattering condemnation of the critic's knowledge was
immediately forthcoming. Let anyone voice a preference for expedition
methods different from his own and his scorn was immediate. Himself in
his later years a pronounced ascetic, his expedition parties set out with
equipment so rigorously pared down to the barest minimum that any
member thereof who voiced apprehension was at once condemned as
useless. This of course made it very difficult to find anyone willing to
accompany him - or in his eyes - fit to do so."
Brian writes in his journal that the short autobiographical story his father
wrote in 1905 "The Hot Wells of Konniar" is the key to his future life and
destiny. It also explains Fawcett's outlook that "Reality is a state of mind;
it is totally subjective." The essay describes how Fawcett was given some
white powder by a fakir in Ceylon and spent the night in a grove by the
sacred wells and had a vision that instructed him about the course that he
must take in his life.
"But why did Daddy destroy one particular sheet of his manuscript?"
writes Brian. " The clues add up to overwhelming evidence. I asked
Mother if she had any idea and she said 'it had something to do with some
woman, but he destroyed the sheet because he thought it might be
offensive to me.' "
Brian notes his father wrote on another occasion "I once met a messenger
of the gods…an angel" and concludes that he might have met "M" at the
sacred wells. To Mrs Bari, the medium Fawcett was in touch with right
up to the end, he wrote asking if she knew anything about unions between
humans and elementals and she replied on 23rd October 1923;
"I was so glad you mentioned the possibility of unions between human
beings and 'faeries' as I have thought a good deal about that. Elementals
have a desire to mate with humans so as to acquire immortality."