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attoutall Tight for him to sit at a desk
and write and look wise or come out
on the balcony and spiel to the crowd.
- But for war Villa!
Tomorrow I will join Gen. Villa's
army south of Torrebnwhere active
preparations have already been be
gun for the march south to Mexico
City. Inside of a week you will hear
of thafarmy, 30,000 or more strong,
I came up from Tampico where
things are pretty quiet now. It took
us three days to make the 200 miles
from Tampico to Monterey.
Everywhere" was wreckage, all
along the railroad were cars piled in
heaps of-tangled iron and scorched
STrain-after train had been destroy
ed byflre-and dynamite. Village after
village deserted, but nowhere did I
hear one word against the Americans,
and .there were several of us from
above the Rio Grande on the trip.
Everybody'in Saltillo is rooting (I
can't forget my baseball lingo) "for
VILLA'S rebels. They like Carranza,
too, but they haven't the same en
thusiastic, follow - him-to-the-can-non'smouth
affection for Carranza
that they have for Villa.
Just the- other day 'Gen, Carranza
held a public reception at the so
called Rebel .palace 4n -Saltillo. He,
with some prominent Constitutional
ist officials appeared on a balcony and
told a big crowd of Mexicans that it
would only be a question of time be
fore they would enter Mexico City.
The crowd cheered.
A speaker then added, that once in
the capitoL the-Jand question would
be decided infavor of the poor man
The crowd thundered with its roar
Between Saltillo, the present Rebel
Capital, and Mexico City, lie two fed
eral strongholds, San Luis Potosi and
Villa, himself, will likely direct the
operations against Zacatecas. And
he won't make the .mess off it that j
Gen. Natera didViVilla Isn'tthaf kihd
of a general. r
Gen. Pablo 'Gonzales, commander
of the eastern division of the rebe
forces, is going south along the east
coasts taking such, federal towns as
happen to be in his way.
He ought to be of assistance in the
attack on San Luis Potosi. But I be
lieve, and. I get my hunch .from good
rebel sources, that when Zacatecas
falls into Villa's hands the great
rebel army will make anish to Mex
ico City, leaving tl?e federals at San
Luis Potosi for a later attack.
Marching under this hot Mexican
I sun is a tqugh proposition; but it
hasn t anything on marching through
the cloudburst rain the weatherman
pulls off. .
All along theToute our train "had
to stop while washouts were repair
ed and temporary bridges built. Then
we-would go on a few miles further
and get out and go through the same
operation of roadbed making and
Sometimes I think I'd rather be a
f-war correspondent m a lemonade
parlor in Vera Cruzright now than
out here in these parts.
But, at that, its a great life march
ing with Villa. He's such a 'plain,
-easy-to-meet fellow that one can't
help liking him.- And it's worth go
ing through a heap of hardships to ,
see him handle this great army of
To be with him. while he Is planning
an attack is. mighty interesting, but
to see him in battle is far more so..
When he comes tearing along,
standing rup- in his stirrups, 'velllne ..
and cussing and calling on every saintt .
he e,ver heard of, Pancho Villa can
get every mother's son in the rebel
,army fighting like demons.
Sometimes I feel like throwing
away my camera and grabbing a gun.' .
Thatjs Villa, the man of the hour
in Mexico today! - - - . '. ,
That's why I sit under a mango
tree-and "I should-worry" -at sun-or
rain, t j. - ,, ,x,,....
kri.. t jtmi.