AMERICAN TROOPS IN MEXICO CENSORS
WITHHOLD NEWS OF MOVEMENTS
Douglai, Ariz., March 15. Author
itative information reported to have
been received at CampTtouglas that
a division of American expedition
had started from Culbertson's ranch
for Mexican border. Nothing here
to indicate that actual invasion of
Mexico had begun.
Washington, March 15. Rigid bor
der censorship led to belief here that
Gen. Pershing's forces were already
on Mexican soil or would be before
day is ended. Believed news will be
withheld until troops are well into the
Opinion is also growing that co
operation instead of opposition will
be Carranza policy. Reports from
all parts of border indicate anti
American sentiment is greatly allay
ed by concessions given Carranza in
reciprocal border-crossing agree
ment Inflammatory reports that
Carranza troops were massing to op
pose Americans given little credence.
Congress prepared today to com
plete legislation adding approximate
ly 20,000 enlisted men to army, rais
ing it to its full strength and provid
ing additional border patrols. Ad
ministration leaders hope senate will
pass today Hay emergency resolution
passed late yesterday by the house
increasing army by 19,947 men.
Carranzista agency here believes
Carranzistas already have Villa prac
tically surrounded in trap offering lit
tle chance of escape and may capture
him before U. S. forces are brought
El Paso, Tex., March 15. Ironclad
censorship that refuses to confirm or
deny report that Machita, N. M., was
captured by Carranza troops gave
rise to belief that American expedi
tion after Villa was about to move.
Believed troops will be in Mexico
many hours before war correspond
ents will be allowed to send details of
Latest report today that Villa was ,
near Galeana district moving toward
American Mormon colonies. Gen.
Luis Guitterez due to leave Juarez to
day for Chihuahua City personally to
lead Carranzista pursuit of outlaw.
Stated he hoped to run down bandit
leader in 10 days. Carranzistas have
not given up hope that their activity Q
toward capturing Villa will prevent
or at least postpone American expe
dition. U. S. army believes it will be
months before Villa will be run down.
Soldiers counting on long campaign
and possibly a year or two work if
Carranza troops oppose American
Preparations for campaign going
forward on large scale. Trainloads
of provisions and equipment moving
through El Paso from eastern points
for Columbus during past 24 hours.
Reported small bands of Villistas
looted several ranches west of El
Paso. American train east of El
Paso fired on by Carranza sympa
thizers. Mexican newspaper printed in El
Paso became so belligerent in their
tone that 3 were suppressed by police.
Every foot of El Paso and North
westerji railroad and its tunnels and
bridges heavily guarded to prevent
Villista band dashed into New
Mexico last night and looted houses
in outskirts of Hachita. Local police
were misinformed that large Carran
zista force had captured town. Quiet
prevailed in Hachita today.
El Paso, March 15. Carranzistas
have evacuated Palomas, Mexico,
south of Columbus. Gen. Bertani 0f
said to be leading his 1,000. Carran
zistas to Guzman, Mexico.
Baptist church, Houston av. and E.
19th, and four dwellings threatened
with destruction by fire. Loss $10,
000. Six narrowly escape death.
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