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MAJOR HAYNES

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Full Name: Major Hiram Haynes
Nationality: British
Organization: British Secret Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Edgar Wallace
Time Span: 1918 - 1919

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Major Hiram Haynes is an agent with the British Secret Service.
       The man's rank in the British Army is given here as though it were part of his name because throughout the many tales of adventure we have of this man, he is referred to as Major Haynes far more often than his real first name is every mentioned.
       This rank is also interesting in that we are told that Haynes holds the position of "Chief of the Counter Espionage Bureau" which seems a position more suitable for a colonel or general. Still, Major is what he is and the impression I got, Major is just fine for Haynes; he is into the job, not rank.
       All the adventures we have of Haynes take place just before, during, and just after World War I at a time when the existence of a British Secret Service was largely unknown and even pooh-poohed. This is important to me because it makes me feel like Haynes is defining the role of spy-hunter even more than he is filling it and he is doing so when the whole business of protecting his country from enemy agents and saboteurs is brand new.

       The first set of adventures we have of Major Haynes were penned by the German spy named Heine, aka Herman Gallwitz, in many escapades that the Teutonic operative had in England during the First World War. By that I mean Heine is a German spy sent to run operations in England. Heine is certain the Secret Service does not exist and that all spy-hunting is done at the police level. When Heine meets Mr. Haynes (as he thinks him to be), Heine believes him to be a freelance (or out-of-work) reporter that Heine could use to unobtrusively gather intel to pass back to the General Command. As he learns that Haynes is not really a reporter, Heine still has his doubts about Haynes' real occupation but he will eventually come around. As the escapades progress in which Haynes invariably throws a monkeywrench, Haynes is treated an annoyance rather than a nemesis at first because Heine is too incapable of conceiving of anyone good enough to really challenge him. Just how effective Haynes really is needs to be inferred through how bad Heine failed.
       The second set of missions are said to have been told through the eyes of his chief of staff, Captain Dane, although none of then really are.. In these adventures, Haynes is not only the main actor, he is definitely shown to be a man of action. So much so that in the introduction we are given of Haynes, a very short account is given of the time in Central America where on a train a would be bandit robber gets annoyed at Haynes who instead of cowering in fear is actually smiling at the man in amusement. The irate bandit spits at him. "'I do not like your habit,' said Haynes in Spanish and shot him through the mouth." That gives an excellent demonstration of the type of man that Haynes is - enjoying things as they transpire but when action is needed, showing no hesitation to do what is needed instantly and without hesitation. As you read these tales of Haynes, you learn he is extremely confident to the point of being cocky but then the man pulls off whatever bold move he makes so cockiness is earned.
       The third set of stories, well, there are just two of them, are told about a different pair of British operatives working with a submarine to go places and do things that would otherwise not be possible. Haynes takes part in these only in mainly cameo style but his influence and the respect he is shown come through clearly.

       Haynes has some interesting ideas that puts him drastically apart from most governmental folks with whom he deals. For one thing, he has considerable respect for the police but feels they are largely ineffective in stopping spies and saboteurs. "Counter-espionage work calls for the illegal mind", he tells a colleague, and he means it. He is not at all hesitant to take part in burglary, robbery, and some blackmail here and there to accomplish his goals.
       In one case he forces a forger to do some forging for him, something that rather surprised the criminal but Haynes acted like making the crook do something crooked made the utmost in sense.
       Then there was the time when, after taking part in several of these very much not legal activities in a single mission, he begs off being asked to investigate his own handiwork, telling his boss, "I fear there has been some illegality in the matter which may reflect discredit on a Government department". He would know.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1919
Last Appearance:1919

1 The Adventures of Heine The Adventures of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1919

Collection of 18 short stories previously published in the Dundee, Scotland, newspaper Thomson's Weekly News and bundled as one volume the next year.
These tell the tale of a German spy living in England who goes by the name Heine. Ten of these contain action involving Major Hiram Haynes. They are:
The Affair of Mister Haynes
The Affair of the Allied Conference
The Murderers
The Grey Envelope
The Jermyn Credit Bank
The Passing of Heine
The World Dictator
The Syren
The Coming of the Bolsheviks
The Going of Heine
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2 Major Haynes of the Secret Service Major Haynes of the Secret Service
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1919

Collection of 10 short stories previously published in the Dundee, Scotland, newspaper Thomson's Weekly News.
These tell the continued adventures of British agent Major Hiram Haynes:
Major Haynes And The Princess (Deporting A Princess)
The Missing Hohenzollern
Sunk Without Trace
The Berman Iron Book (A Beautiful Spy's Amazing Revenge)
Unmasking A Peace Plot (The Great Peace Plot)
The Treasure House Of The Prussian King (The Search For The Kaiser' Secret Treasure House)
The Question Of Hora Da Silva (The Mysterious Mrs Da Silva)
The Elusive Sweizer (Face To Face With The Master-Spy)
The Disappearance Of Lady Mary Bretley (Getting Even With A Hun)
Ten Divisions And A Red-Haired Girl
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3 The Secret Service Submarine The Secret Service Submarine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1919

Collection of 11 short stories previously published in the Dundee, Scotland, newspaper Thomson's Weekly News.
Two of these contain action involving Major Hiram Haynes. They are:
The Invasion That Failed
The Last Trip To Germany. The End of the Z1.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:22
First Appearance:1918
Last Appearance:1918

1 The Affair of Mister Haynes The Affair of Mister Haynes
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #4 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 02/09/1918
Needing to increase his intelligence gathering in England and having trouble with it, Heine comes up with an ingenious plan to hire an out-of-work reporter named Haynes to make the inquiries for him, believing that a reporter's questions would be less suspicious. This terrific idea does not work quite like he expected.
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2 The Affair of the Allied Conference The Affair of the Allied Conference
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #6 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 02/23/1918
Heine is thrilled to have been given information about a secret tunnel into the manor of a man in possession of plans for a German officer POW camp. His plans to take advantage of the info is soured by the actions of Major Haynes
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3 The Murderers The Murderers
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #8 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 03/09/1918
Heine receives word from Germany that two murderers have been removed from prison there and sent to England to be available should such men be needed. Though Heine was aghast at such a prospect, when one of his regular men gets arrested on a spying charge, Heine knows the man is certain to talk, unless ...
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4 The Grey Envelope The Grey Envelope
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #9 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 03/16/1918
Heine is more than a little surprise at the unannounced visit to his office by Major Haynes. Haynes tells him that while Heine is of course totally innocent, some German agents were led to believe he was part of their network and they would be delivering an envelope with stolen top secret intel to be passed to another agent in Southport. Heine realized his only option was to pass any envelope to Haynes.
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5 The Jermyn Credit Bank The Jermyn Credit Bank
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #11 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 03/30/1918
When an American con man shows up on the recommendation of a colleague of Heine in the US, Heine is not interested. When Heine sees a chance to lend a powerful British general £20k, he jumps at it. When the general turns out to really be the American, Heine is sickened. When Major Haynes shows up, things get worse.
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6 The Passing of Heine The Passing of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #12 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 04/06/1918
Certain that the hand of British Intelligence in the personage of Major Haynes is about to snatch him, Heine decides leaving the country in disguise is a good idea. The question remained of under what conditions and Haynes has some ideas about that.
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7 The World Dictator The World Dictator
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #15 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 04/27/1918
Heine knows it is just a matter of time before Major Haynes learns of his return so he makes it a point to announce it to the man via letter, and then to immediately find a legitimate job to show he is truly on the up-and-up. His surprise is immense when he lands a position as personal secretary to the Earl of Seabury who has plans for taking over the country.
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8 The Syren The Syren
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #16 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 05/04/1918
Heine is surprised and dismayed to learn during a visit by Major Haynes that the intelligence officer knows that German agents have a special sequence blown on a whistle to get all nearby agents to immediately report in. What that signal was, however, remained unknown and Heine is for certain not going to be the one to divulge it, no matter what Haynes tries.
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9 The Coming of the Bolsheviks The Coming of the Bolsheviks
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #17 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 05/11/1918
Heine admits it is no secret that Germany has no love for the Bolsheviks living in its borders. He is surprised then to learn from the visiting Baron von Hatzfeld, his boss, that a Bolshevik coming in from Sweden is to be assisted by Heine. Heine is also told he must find a way to disperse some £50k+ of counterfeit money.
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10 The Going of Heine The Going of Heine
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #18 in the collection The Adventures of Heine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 05/18/1918
A continuation of the adventure just before, Heine has accidentally fallen into an ingenious way of spreading the large amount of phony money he is told to disperse. His plan works flawlessly and ever so easily. Unfortunately, another error has resulted in all of German Intelligence wanting his hide and the only way to stay alive is through Major Haynes.
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11 Major Haynes And The Princess (Deporting A Princess) Major Haynes And The Princess (Deporting A Princess)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #1 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 05/25/1918
A Russian princess who has allegiances to Germany has been acting as an agent for them for some time. Arresting her or deporting her would both create major problems with Russia. It is Major Haynes' job to get her to leave voluntarily.
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12 The Missing Hohenzollern The Missing Hohenzollern
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #2 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 06/01/1918
A foreigner named Corbori, a radical Anarchist, was scheduled to be deported to his native land but the country did not want him. Major Haynes came up with an idea to send him to a far distant nearly deserted island on a ship. Meanwhile a very dangerous German Prince, undercover as a spy in England, needed removal. Haynes concocts a two-for-the-price-of-one idea.
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13 Sunk Without Trace Sunk Without Trace
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #3 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 06/08/1918
The question before the Court was why two men with plenty of money should steal a pawned portfolio with several books in it, right after they had agreed to buy it. Major Haynes knows the men were really undercover German spies and he was curious why as well. He will learn of a secret new formula for a dangerous explosive is involved.
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14 The Berman Iron Book (A Beautiful Spy's Amazing Revenge) The Berman Iron Book (A Beautiful Spy's Amazing Revenge)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #4 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 06/15/1918
Major Haynes attended each day of the trial of a man named Tomass for espionage and sabotage. Also on trial was the man's innocently looking wife, a woman most prayed would be found innocent. Haynes was certain she was the far more dangerous of the two and wanted to prove it. She tells of an "Iron Book" with the names of all German agents in it.
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15 Unmasking A Peace Plot (The Great Peace Plot) Unmasking A Peace Plot (The Great Peace Plot)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #5 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 06/22/1918
An actor from years past, now wasted with "whisky and morphia" is hired because of his resemblance to Major Haynes to travel in his name to Switzerland to sign a pact with Germany, hoping the deception will be enough to cause France to not trust the UK.
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16 The Treasure House Of The Prussian King (The Search For The Kaiser' Secret Treasure House) The Treasure House Of The Prussian King (The Search For The Kaiser' Secret Treasure House)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #6 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 06/29/1918
With the previous "banker", the man who provides the actual funds for German spies in the UK, recently imprisoned, the job of the new banker is to find where the previous stash of money was hidden. Major Haynes wants to find it first.
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17 The Question Of Hora Da Silva (The Mysterious Mrs Da Silva) The Question Of Hora Da Silva (The Mysterious Mrs Da Silva)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #7 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 07/06/1918
A member of an Anarchist group was killed by his own side for turning on them. He died with knowledge about who the major contributors to the cause were. It is hoped by the gang, and Major Haynes, that his young widow, now heading to England, also knows and could be 'persuaded' to divulge it.
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18 The Elusive Sweizer (Face To Face With The Master-Spy) The Elusive Sweizer (Face To Face With The Master-Spy)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #8 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 07/13/1918
A bit of rivalry goes on between Major Haynes's Counter-Espionage Department and the police's International Department over the actions of a German agent named Sweizer and how he managed to disappear when his apartment building was surrounded.
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19 The Disappearance Of Lady Mary Bretley (Getting Even With A Hun) The Disappearance Of Lady Mary Bretley (Getting Even With A Hun)
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #9 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 07/20/1918
Major Haynes has a major problem with High Government officials who think it prudent to tell him how to do his job. He makes an exception for Lord Bretley when the man is obviously distraught over the disappearance of his daughter especially when it seems she may have been kidnapped by German agents.
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20 Ten Divisions And A Red-Haired Girl Ten Divisions And A Red-Haired Girl
aka The Red-Haired Chorus Girl
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Adventure #10 in the collection Major Haynes of the Secret Service. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 07/27/1918
The Director of Counter-Intelligence knows and respects his best agent, Major Haynes, but "[the man] gets me rattled". This is especially true when the matter is Haynes' recent late-night parties inviting numerous red-haired chorus girls. Haynes explains it is all to catch the notorious German agent, Rosa Stahl, thought to now be working in the U.K.
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21 The Invasion That Failed The Invasion That Failed
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Haynes has a cameo in story #3 in the collection The Secret Service Submarine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 09/17/1918
[plot unknown]

22 The Last Trip To Germany. The End of the Z1. The Last Trip To Germany. The End of the Z1.
Written by Edgar Wallace
Copyright: 1918

Haynes has a cameo in story #10 in the collection The Secret Service Submarine. First published in Thomson's Weekly News 11/05/1918
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       I first head of Major Haynes as a part of Edgar Wallace's Heine series and since my first stab with that character left me feeling ho-hum after just a few stories, I didn't get much further. When I later discovered that Wallace had written a series of stories just about Haynes, I gave them a try and absolutely loved each one. I was so impressed with the pacing and the inventiveness of the tales that I "forced" myself to revisit and Heine. It was then that I figuratively kicked myself for not having seen just how well crafted they were.
       Haynes is a man totally made for his job. If there had not been the need for a counter-intelligence agent, he likely would have been a police officer, and a darn good one, but as a spy-hunter, he is most definitely in the job where he belongs. Because the short stories do not give room for much history on the man we know little about him before the 'present' which is a shame. But the present Haynes is a lot of fun to watch. He really enjoys his job. And he has fun with it. And he seems to enjoy dealing with the many people around him who don't quite get the fun like he does.
       I doubt I will turn up any more Haynes stories in the large volume of work that Wallace gave us, but I would love it if I did. I appreciate and value the 22 tales I have of him but more is always desired. "Leave 'em wanting more" is a show-biz anthem. Wallace did that with Haynes.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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