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ta's federal army, which is defending
this city and also desperately fighting
to save itself from annihilation, while
all around for miles the darkness was
lighted- by thousands of flashes of
rifles, cannons -and machine guns.
For hours the 'fusillade kept up;
roar upon roar; volleys thundering
back and forth; shells bursting all
around us and the air suffocating
with the gas of sulphurous burned
Over 4;000 men couped up in Ojin
aga battling like mad to keep 5t000
The fighting started in a small way
Monday, Dec. 29, and grew stronger
Tuesday and Wednesday.
But the most furious firing was
Wednesday night, the eve before New
Year's. It began at sundown and con
tinued all night. I camped on the fir
ing line with Gen. Villa at the battle
of La Mesa several weeks ago, but
that battle was nothing to this with
its cannon, machine guns and infan
try fire all at once!
One rebel shell burst about 30 feet
from where I lay and a small piece of
shrapnel caught me above the right
knee, but I am still able to navigate,
Just before midnight the rebels
made a bold charge on the town and
fought their way Jo within 100 yards
of the federal trenches, but after sev
eral minutes of fierce, bloody fighting
they were unable to withstand the
federals' murderous volley fire and
were forced back to the position they
held earlier in the night.
The federals to celebrate their tem
porary victory and also to welcome
the new year, began ringing church
bells and made their band. play.
From where I lay I could' hear the
soldiers in opposite trenches taunting,
and calling each other vile names. At
an extra vicious taunt up would go
rifl.es and they'd bang away at each
It was, indeed, the wildest night I
have ever gone through.
The residents of Ojinaga and the
people across tHe Rio Grande in the
American town of Presidio spent an
uneasy night and a great many le't
their homes arid camped back in the
hills out of range of possible stray
bullets. Major McNamee, TJ. S. patrol
commander, called -out a special
guard early in the night and the sol
diers slept around a big. camp fire in
the main street of Presidio, ready for
I crossed over to the- rebel lines to
day, and Gen. Ortega told me he
would eat breakfast in Ojinaga, but I
doubt it, for, although the fighting
spirit is much stronger among the
rebels, it will be a hard task to oust
the federals, for they are making a
stand for their lives.
It is death before the firing squad
for many of them if they are cap
tured. Generals Mecado, Castro, Sal
azar and Orozco, who are in com
mand, won't last five minutes if they
are caught by the rebels. They know
it's the bullet or the noose for them!
Getting into the rebel lines was a
lucky stroke for me. Major McNamee,
who commands the TJ. S. troops at
v Presidio, wanted to send a message
to Gen. Ortega, the rebel general, and
I persuaded him to make me his mes
senger. Major McNamee's message
warned Ortega to allow no more fir
ing towards American soil or he
would stop the pasage of provisions
across the river to the rebel camp.
The cause' of the warning happen
ed -today when the major and his
troops were watering their horses at
No.,1 ford. Four bullets struck the
water close at hand.
Thousands of men, women and
children refugees are camped in and
around Presidio, and suffering is
great among them, as most of them
are penniless. About all they brought
across with thent'tin their wild flight
from Mexico were their blankets, fry
ing pans .and burros.
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