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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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TO GRANT CARRANZA REQUEST MAY AVERT
WAR WITH ALL OF MEXICO
Another more ominous view of
Carranza's proclamation was that he
may be establishing a pose which, in
(Bulletin.)
El Paso, Tex., March 13. Gen.
Gavira, Carranza commandant in
Juarez, has been informed through
state department agents that de fac
to government will be held responsi
ble for safety of 500 American Mor
mon colonists in Casas Grandes and
Galena districts.
Washington, March 13. President
Wilson will be able, administration
believes, to carry out his expedition
against Villa without difficulty with
Carranza. Lacking direct word from
president, other officials are con
vinced Carranza proposal that his
troops be conceded "reciprocal right"
of crossing American border in case
of necessity, will be granted.
Assurances from Mexican embassy
that belligerent sounding manifesto
issued in Mexico City, suffered by
translation into English, and that
disposition to resent American so
called "invasion" is no stronger than
evinced by General Carranza's more
moderate note of Saturday, tended to
confirm the belief there will be no
trouble on that score.
No news had come from border to
war department in meantime to indi
cate that Gen. Punston's forces had
moved.
Pres. Wilson was to confer with
Sec. Lansing this afternoon and
frame reply to Carranza's note rela
tive to American troops entering
Mexico. It will be sent immediately.
Washington, March 13. Two con
siderations still halting U. S. army's
invasion of Mexico to hunt for Fran
cisco Villa. This government desires
Carranza's consent, grudging or
otherwise, to American operations on
Mexican soil. Gen. Funston, rather
than "go off half cocked" is holding
back punitive expedition until his
forces are in complete readiness.
Believed march across interna
tional boundary will begin in day or
two,
case of difficulties with tne u. b.,
would make him the popular hero in
stead of Villa.
The administration is disposed to
grant Carranza's reciprocity demands
for reason that denial might force the
very consequence president is most
anxious to avoid intervention or
actual hostility with defacto govern
ment. Declared the president has
authority to make such an agree
ment with consent or approval by
congress.
El Paso, March 13. Expedition to
avenge Columbus raid still held in
leash along border. Regiments of in
fantry, artillery, cavalry, engineers
and forces of all branches of the army
are coming on special trains either
to take active part in invasion of
Mexico after Villa or to replace bor-
rder troops sent in to wipe out ban
ditry. The hour "to go in" now ex
pected to arrive some time Tuesday,
although Major Gen. Funston's policy
of thorough preparedness and diplo
matic negotiations with defiant Car
ranzistas may further delay expedi
tion. Carranzista officers reported hav
ing trouble suppressing mutinous
spirit among their soldiers. Anti
American demonstrations reported
from several Mexican points.
U. S. Consul Letcher at Chihuahua
City is arranging for speedy trans
portation of 50 American families
there to the border. Six American
residents of El Paso arriving from
Chihuahua City stated their lives had
been threatened by Carranzista offi
cers who said they were "going to
take all gringoes out and hang
them."
Villa last reported marching south
ward from Corralitos toward San
Buena Ventura, near Mormon colo
nies, either determined to carry out

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