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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1912, Image 5

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BATTLE OF MEXICAN REVOLUTION AfGATNST'MADEEOT
IS IN FULL SWAY
El Paso, Tex., May 10. The
'decisive battle of the Mexican
revolution against President
Francisco I. Madero now is being
fought.
Five thousand federal troops
tinder General Victoriano Huerta
are being attacked b y8,000 rebels
under General Pasquale Orozco,
s at Bermejillo, near Torreon.
- If Orozco defeats Hiierfa, Tiis
way to Mexico City will be clear.
Madero will have to flee, asDiaz
fled. Orozco will be able to make
himself president, or king, or em
peror, or anything he wishes.
If Huerta defeats Orozco, then
the rebel leader who put Madero
in the presidential chair and then
turned against him, will "be a f ugi
tiveVith a price on his head, and
the revolution will be over.
At 1 o'clock this morning, over
a 1,000 mile circuit, via Laredo,
Tex., and Tofreon, Mex., the
United Press co-respondent talk
ed directly to General Victoriana
Huerta on the battlefield of Ber-
mejillo.
Huerta sat in the army tele
graph office a freight car on the
battlefield. This is the conversa
tion Between the United Press
correspondent and the federal
commander.
"What happened Thtfrsdayat
' Bermejillo?" Huerta was asked.
'"General Robago completely
routed an advance party of 1,000
- rebels at Saratoga near Berme
jillo., killing 90 The rebels were
pursued by Villa's -volunteer cavalry.
''Tuesday night we heard the,
advance guard was coming. We
sent Villa to meet them. He at
tacked their front at 6 o'clock
Thursday morning.
."While Villa engaged theJr
front, Robago swept around and
flanked them with machine guns.
The fight went'on from 6 o'clock
until noorf. Then a panic seized
the rebels, and they ran like rats.'"
"When will the main battle
take place?" , . I
"I will answer that question to
morrow (Friday) 'night. Ourv
position is becoming stronger
every hour. Since yoii have been
talking to me, a horseman h'aS
brought me a teelgram saying the
rebel Salazar was 'routed at Cuar
to Cienegas, near herelast night.
This makes my position at Ber
mejillo stronger .than it ever has
been."
"How many men will "be en-'
gaged in the coming main bat-
tie?" - - ' ' '
"Please excuse me from an
swering further questions' to
night. I must ride through the'
lines to prepare for tomorrow's
movements of troops. Tomor
row night I promise to grant you
a wire interview and to answer
further questions. '
"I want the American people,
to know the truth about the bat
tle. I congratulate you on your
enterprise in communicating with
me in this way. Good night."
Denver, Col., May 10. Every
available company of United
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