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-'PdEXICQ TO BE ISOLATED BY U. S.
Washington, April 20. Mexico will
be completely isolated by nightfall.
'Every inch of the coast line controlled
) by 'the defiant Huerta will be dom
inated by guns from American war
ships. This will be the answer of the
government to the Mexican demahd
that before the Stars are Stripes are
" saluted it agree formally to salute in
return and thereby recognize Ma
'dero's slayer as the real president 'of
It is the contention of Mexico, as
set forth in Portillo's informal state
smen that the flag was not insulted
because it was not in the boat from
rwhich the marines were arrested in
' ;Tampico. tl is also declared that the
'marines were freed even before an
investigation and that -the officer
making the arrests was taken into
'custody and held for trial.
In a statement given the local
newspapers for publication this
Tnorning the government sought to
"discount the danger of actual conflict
with the United States by expressing
khope that the issue might yet be set
tled peaceably and ended.
Portillo said: "Mexico has yielded
as much as her dignity will permit
"and trusts to the fair-mindedness and
spirit of justice of the American peo
ple." A correspondent asked him: v "Do
you feel that the American people
and the American government are
ytwo different things?"
"Yes," he replied. "The governed
and the government are always two
' separate elements in every nation.
Sometimes the people do not agree
with their governments.'1
At the American Club in Mexico
City dramatic scenes' followed the
news of the refusal to accede to the
demands of the United States. 200
Americans danced until midnight, but
others hastily left the club and went
to their homes to 'pack their belong
ings for the exodus today.
There are 500 men and 200 women
and children in the American colony
in Mexico City. In Guadaljara there
are 400 Americans who were notified
of the situation by Consul General
Sbanklin at midnight.
Information that the exodus from
Mexico City of Americans has already
begun was sent to President Wilson
and Secretary Bryan. The news was
welcome indicating as it did that
everything was being done by Huerta '
to prevent outrages. But there is a
grave question whether he will be
able to get all Americans to the sea
coast, especially the few who are in
the remote interior. Foreign Minis
ter Portillo warned Mexicans to re
strain themselves and refrain from
any demonstration in a statement
printed in the local morning papers.
A joint session of congress will
meet at 3 o'clock this afternoon and
congressional .leaders have assured
the president he will be upheld in
every way by that body. The plan is
to introduce a resolution "empower
ing an3 directing" the chief executive
to "use the entire land and naval
forces of the United States and to,
call into the service of the United
States the organized militia of the
United States and to take such
further steys as may be necessary to
enforce respect of the .honor and dig
nity of the United States.
Then it is planned to suspend the
rules of both bodies and pass an
emergency appropriation bill to meet
the expense of what is n'ow expected
will be actual war armed interven
tion in Mexico.
CHI. TAKES WAR NEWS CALMLY
Chicago took the war news calmly.
All night long and early today a dozen
meh -weer at work in each newspaper
office answering telephone inquiries,
but there were no crowds downtown
or street demonstrations. Theater
crowds, however, broke into applause
when bulletins announcing Huerta's
refusal were read. -The Chicago Fed
eration of Labor adopted a resolution,
aaginst armed intervention.
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