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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 16, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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MESSAGE RECEIVED
SIGHT OF VILLA
San Antonio, March 16. Wireless
messages from Gen. Pershing in
Mexico being decodedat Ft Sam
Houston. Gen. Funston stated they
contained no reports of engage
ments. Reliably stated that the national
guard of Texas, Arizona and New
Mexico will soon be ordered to bor
der by. war department Troops will
be used to "protect border communi
ties in Texas and Arizona.
Report of Gen. Pershing to Gen.
Funston denies that Carranza troops
fired as American troops entered
Mexico and states attitude of Car
, ranza soldiers is all that could be
asked. Men from army of first chief
are being detailed to work side by
side with American troopers scouting
ahead of main body.
Washington, March 16. Vanguard
of U. S. army already well into Mex
ico, south of Columbus, N. M., seek
ing Francisco Villa, but officials ex
pected few results and most meager
news for several days. Cryptic dis
patches from Gens. Funston and Per
shing, hiding actual location and line
of march of U. S. forces through
Northern Mexico, deleted of all but
skeleton facts, were prospect.
American colonies of Nacozari, in
Northern Sonora, and Torreon, in
Chihuahua, are in flight toward U. S.
El Paso, March 16. U. S. expedi
tion on Villa's trail "somewhere in
Mexico" today. Early indications
that 3,500 men of all branches will
reach Guzman tonight, which is on
Mexican Northwestern railroad,
about 60 miles from Columbus N. M.,
as the crow flies. Base will be es
tablished at Guzman so supplies can
be sent over railroad from El Paso by
way of Juarez.
Carranzista authorities in Chihua
hua were co-operating with Ameri
can forces.
Report brought here late yesterday.
FROM PERSHING NO
BANDIT SQUADS
by Americans from Columbus that
vanguard met with slight opposition
at Palomas prove unfounded.
Unconfirmed reports received that
Carranzista leaders in Sonora state
were not inclined to co-operate with
American expedition.
Villa was last reported in the Ga-
leana district, near Pearson, heading '
for million dollar lumber plant of the
Pearson company, an English cor
poration. Outlaw has sworn to de
stroy this property, as well as attack
American Mormon colony at Cases
Grandes.
There is one small Carranza garri
son at Pearson and Carranzista of
ficials announced they have sufficient
troops at Casas Grandes to protect
all Mormon colonists.
Trail Villa left on his retreat from
Columbus, week ago, was being fol
lowed by 13th cavalry, 6th and 16th
regiments of infantry, one battalion
of 18th infantry, battalion of 6th field
artillery and portion of 4th artillery.
Seven aeroplanes, brought from
San Antonio, were scheduled to fly
from Columbus today to join Col.
Slocum's column.
Col. Dodd's division was to cut the
northwestern corner of Chihuahua
and. join Gen. Slocum, according to
present plans. From Guzman U. S.
forces were expected to spread out
in enveloping movement with pur
pose of surrounding Villa.
Kingsville, Tex. 16 American sol
diers guarding Barreda bridge on the
St Louis, Brownsville & Mexico rail
road, five miles south of San Benito
and 14 miles north of Brownsville,
Tex., fired upon by 30 Mexican ban- On
dits last night About 100 shots '
exchanged.
Douglas, Ariz.--With Mexicans
here and in Agua Prieta greatly ex
cited over American entry into Chi
huahua, 8 troops of First cavalry
were placed near border line today
facing Agua Prieta.
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