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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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SLOCUM'S COLUMN 30 MILES FROM VILLA
CLASH MAY COME IN FEW HOURS
San Antonio, March 18. Col.
Dodd's column now within 30 miles
of Villa's forces in Galaena district,
according to latest information at
Gen. Funston's headquarters. En
gagement, if Villa decides to make a
stand, may occur within few hours.
El Paso, March 18. Danger to
400 American Mormon colonists at
Clonia Dublan was removed today
by arrival of portion of Col. Dodd's
cavalry column there. Dublan is
south of Casas Grandes, which U. S.
troops have left behind. Colored 10th
cavalry regiment, reported to have
been first to enter Mexico, south of
Hachita, early Thursday, understood
to have composed Dublan relief
party.
El Paso, March 18. Guided by
aeroplanes, two divisions of Ameri
can punitive expedition are entering
heart of an unfriendly district filled
with Villa sympathizers. Hard fight
ing was not expected, however, as
American forces greatly outnumber
any outlaw bands In immediate vi
cinity. Col. Dodd's cavalry column, mak
ing forced marches, was expected to
pass Jacos, Chihuahua, 100 miles
south of Hochita, N. M., which the
troops left early Thursday. Gen. Per
shing and main Columbus column
were skirting Guzman, obeying Car
ranza request to avoid Mexican cities
and towns where old hatred of "grin
goes" might break out in sniping by
non-combatants.
Villa variously reported from 150
to 200 miles farther south. Believed
to be in Cusihuiriachia district today,
fleeing for Sierra Madres around Du
rango, his favorite haunts.
High army officials here expect the
pursuit to last at least three months,
barring the unexpected. Pershing is
leading flower of American army
over Chihuahua deserts and into the
most inaccessible mountains on the
continent and Officials here have al
ready warned people to be patient
Additional troops reported to be en
tering Mexico may eventally bring
total number in chase to 10,000.
Despite Carranza claim spread
broadcast in Mexico that de facto
government has won great diplomat
ic victory at Washington, reports
were spreading among peon classes
that 300 Mexicans taken prisoner by
El Paso police were cremated in El
Paso jail.
Loyalty of the Carranza soldiers
may be offset by peons flocking to
Villa's defense, it was feared. Re
ports reaching here continue to tell
of insulting demonstrations wher
ever Americans appear in Mexican
towns.
Douglas, Ariz. American troops in
Mexico faced crisis today in possible
skirmish with Mexicans. Mining men
and ranchers who know Mexico
thoroughly declared that first clash
between expeditionary forces and
Villista bandits would be supreme
test of grudging co-operation of some
of Carranza soldiers as well as of the
peons. If predicted general uprising
against the "invaders" is to come, it
will be over distorted news of Ameri
cans killing Mexicans on their own
soil.
Washington, March 18. To expe
dite American drive into Mexico, Gen.
Punston asked that Carranza's per- !
mission be sought for use of Mexican
railroads in transporting supplies to
advancing columns. '
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ANNOUNCEMENTS -
Blue Jays to hold annual ball at
New Superior Hall, Superior and $),
Cass, tonight.
Herbert B. Collie, Australia, will
lecture under auspices of Independent
Society of Social Aristocrats, 8 p. m.,
Sun., Colonial hall, 20 W. Randolph.
Subject: "Is Woman the Equal of
Man?" :

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