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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 01, 1912, Image 11

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AMERICAN GIRL RIDE'S
FOR LIFE ON A MULE
Marie Bovard, 7-year-old refu
gee, recently returned from Mex
ico. She was very much attach
ed to the canary perched on her
shoulder, and carried the little
pet throughout the entire flight
to this country.
Little Miss Marie Bovard has
encountered exciting experiences
at the age of 7 that are seldom
met with during a lifetime. She
rode 30 miles to the railroad in
Mexico for her life on the back of
a mule. i
On the night of March 10, Dr.
P. S. Bovard, his wife and daugh
ter were.forced to flee from Tor
reon, the capital of the state of
Coahhuila,,while the town was
being stormed by rebels swept
by a. hail of rifle fire and the Bo
vards were compelled to sneak
out the back way, making their
escape in a wagon drawn by four
mutes.
4They started for San Pedro, 60
miles distant, and the nearest j
railroad station on a route lead-'
ing into the United States. The
entire journey was through a
country swarming with rebels
and bandits and had it not been
for Pablo Lavin, a rebel chieftain
who befriended the party, they
would never have come through
alive. ' -
Lavin halted them just out of
Torreon and discovered that
Bovard and he had gone to the
University of California togeth
er four years ago, so, with a
guard of picked men he escorted
the party to the outskirts of San
Pedro, where he left them, be
cause there is a price upon the
head of every rebel chief.
A short distance out of Tor
reon, the road became impassable
on account of violent rains, and
they were forced to abandon the
wagon and ride bareback on the
mules.
"I shall never forget the ex
perience," said Bovard. "Every
few miles we would meet a body,
of men, sometimes but a hand
ful, but at other times there
would be over a score. Lavin was
kept busy explaining away ob
jections made to our proceedings
by the outlaws.
"From San Pedro we contin
ued on by train and after innum
erable delays on account of
bridges that had to Tie tested and
the replacing of railroad ties
which had been torn up, we came
through via El Paso to San Fran
cisco. Not bnce during the entire per
ilous trip did little Marie show.
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