VILLA OUT OF TRAP PART OF BANDIT BAND
CORNERED WILD TORIES ANGERS WILSON
El Paso, Tex., March 25. Villa has
escaped trap formed by combined
American and Carranza forces near
Namiquipa. With large number of
his followers outlaw was believed to
have reached the San Miguel coun
try. Military officials expressed this
belief today when reports of battle
between American troops and Villa's
band failed to materialize.
Villa has scattered his forces.
Small number of his men may be
surrounded in Namiquipa district,
from which reports persistently come
that American expedition is closing
in on bandits. Another group of
Villistas set fire to Janos, north of
American base in Mexico.
Reports of Villistas again crossing
border into New Mexico and killing
two American women and one man
were unconfirmed and uncredited
here. Story was brought to Douglas
by an automobile party who received-'
report from an American soldier.
Names of three supposed to have
been butchered by Mexican bandits
have not yet been learned. Their
bodies. have not been recovered.
Another band of Villistas was be
lieved to have been connected with
wreck of an American troop train
south of Casas Grandes, where Mex
ico Northwestern line is in Gen.
Pershing's hands. Engine and sev
eral cars of cavalry reinforcements
for Namiquipa were overturned near
Cumbre tunnel. There were no fatal
ities among soldiers, but a number of
cavalry horses were injured and had
to be shot Remainder of journey
was made overland.
Gen. Luis Herrera, whose rumored
revolt to Villa proved to be unfound
ed, again became center of conflict-
TPn-f todiv. with 2,000 Car
fanza soldiers Herrera was reported
enroute to Parral. His known anti
Americanism led some to believe
Herrexa would not co-operate in the
pursuit of Villa. Carranza military
authorities, on other hand, said that
Herrera's column was sent into
Southern Chihuahua to catch Villa if
outlaw cuts through line of Carranza
troops between Chihuahua City and
Mexican Consul Garcia, who
Thursday night reported Villa sur
rounded near El Oso and fighting
with American forces imminent, has
received no further word of situation
there. Villistas have cut telegraph
wires south of Casas Grandes.
FUNSTON MAY ASK MORE MEN
TO GUARD BORDER TOWNS
San Antonio, Tex., March 25.
Gen. Funston may be compelled to
request more troops. Flood of tele
graphed demands for federal troop
protection poured in upon Funston
today from alarmed communities,
near Texas, Arizona and New Mex
OBREGON FEARS CARRANZA
FOES BOTH SIDES OF BORDER
Mexico City, March 25. Reports
that Carranza troops have gone over
to Villa were officially denied in tele
gram from provisional capital at
Gen. Obregon, minister of war, ad
mitted that trouble might develop
through continued presence of Amer
ican troops on Mexican soil. He said
enemies of Carranza government on
both sides of border were trying to
force American intervention.
PRESIDENT ANGERED AT WILD
RUMORS FROM BORDER
Washington, March 25. President
Wilson is seriously considering issu
ance of statement to offset wild ru
mors regarding Mexican situation
coming from Texas border.
He may issue an appeal to the pub
lic to discredit other than official re
ports on border situation. The ap
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