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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 09, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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MEXICAN BANDITS SLAY U. S. SOLDIERS AND
CIVILIANS BURN BUILDINGS
sides of the town, carried them
through the patrol lines into the
heart of the city.
"Three dead Mexicans were found
Columbus, N. M., March 9. Elev
en Americans were killed by 400 Vil
liaists who swooped down on this
town in the darkness, early today.
They were driven oft only after near
ly 2 hours' fighting with 300 United
States cavalrymen and citizens.
Thirty or forty Villistas were killed
or wounded, it is estimated. Five
American civilians were wounded.
Aroused from sleep by the sudden
onrush of the Mexicans, firing into
the streets and houses, four American
troopers and seven civilians, includ
ing one woman, were killed before
the Villistas were finally driven
across the border, three miles below
Columbus.
Three United States soldiers were
shot dead and a wounded trooper
died shortly after the battle.
'Rumors that several guests died
in the Commercial hotel, to which
the Mexicans applied the torch, are
not credited, although the ruins are
being carefully searched for traces
of bodies.
Mrs. Gean, wife of James Gean, a
leading merchant, was shot down in
cold blood beside her husband, who
was also killed in the defense of his
home.
T. C. Miller was shot and killed by
the Mexicans before they set fire to
his drug store.
W. T. Richey, proprietor of the ho
tel, was no match for the squad of
Villistas who attacked his place.
Richey was killed by their first vol
ley. Three other men gave up their
lives aiding the troops.
J. L. Greenwood, president of the
Columbus bank, an eyewitness of the
battle, said the soldiers were asleep
in their camp in the city's limits when
the Mexicans attacked.
"The town was aroused by the first
volleys. Those of us who were arm
ed tried to help the soldiers. But the
first rush of the Mexicans, on two
right in front of the bank. They
must have intended looting the vault.
"In the darkness the firing went on
mostly by the light of the burning
buildings.
"The Mexicans were led by Gen.
Villa himself, according to citizens
who know Villa."
number of United States cavalry
horses were carried off by the Vil-
Washington, March 9. Learning
of attack by bandits on town of Co
lumbus, in his state, Senator Fall,
New Mexico, today began gathering
information for renewed attack on
administration's whole Mexican pol
icy. o o
THREATEN FORCE TO BRING
JUDGE GARY TO TRIAL
Youngstown, O., March 9. "If El
bert M. Gary, head of United States
Steel Corporation, does not come to
Youngstown voluntarily for trial, we
will bring him here."
That was declaration today of A.
M. Henderson, Mahoning county
prosecutor, who forced strike-riot
probe that resulted in indictment of
Garyand 6 large steel companies.
Henderson was to go before Judge
W. S. Anderson today to fix date for
trial of Gary and steel companies,
charged with conspiracy to regulate
prices of steel and iron products and
with keeping down wages of common
laborers.
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Lincoln, Neb. After taking color
ed girl from escort and taking her to
nearby barn, where he remained with
her most of night, Earl King, colored,
suicided to prevent capture.
Washington. Newton D.- Baker
sworn in as secretary of war. Found
one of department's worst troubles
Mexican situation awaiting him.
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