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VILLAS BAND CAUGHT U. S. TROOPS FIGHT
WITH REAR GUARD OF BANDITS
San Antonio, Tex., March 31.
American troops have caught up with
Francisca Villa, firecLupon a portion
of hia forces and are ri&w making a
tremendous effort to check his head
long flight and force him to fight
After a week of the hardest march
ing ever done by soldiers wearing the
uniform of the United States, Villa's
main force has been located work
ing along the railroad which extends
south from Guerrero and the rear
guard fired upon by the pursuing
American troops, according to re
ports reaching Gen. Funston from
sources which he believes thorough
ly reliable, but refused to name. Gen.
Funston is certain actual fighting
has occurred between United States
soldiers and Villista bandits.
Funston's reports which were re
ceived last night and early today as
serted that Carranzistas are co-operating
fully with the American troops
in a supreme effort to make Villa
abandon his flight and make a stand.
The Villistas, he stated, following
their clash with a Carranza force at
Guerrero, went south through Ni
naca, following the railroad to the
El Paso, March 31. Villa's alleged
murder of 173 men and officers in
Carranza garrison at Guerrero was
unconfirmed by Juarez authorities
The same unofficial, uncredited ad
vices charged Villa with killing sev
eral women and children and turning
over a number of women captives
to his followers.
This information, reported to have
been received at Ft Bliss and for
warded to San Antonio headquarters,
did not conform with official re
port from Gen. Funston yesterday
that Villa passed Guerrero last Mon
day. Pershing's report did not men
tirfi massacre of garrison, so far as
known in El Paso.
Unconfirmed story of massacre
stated Villa's band numbered 2,000,
which is at variance with all other re
ports that his band had been split
up and that he was fleeing with only
a handful of followers.
Villa was reliably last reported
northeast of Guerrero, raiding
ranches for fresh mounts to continue
his flight, probably toward mountains
in Northern Durango.
Army officers in El Paso estimated
that CoL Dodd's cavalry columns
were hot on Villa's trail and that Car
ranzista troops in Chihuahua City
district also were closing in on him.
Momentary fighting was expected.
El Paso military authorities have
not yet taken advantage of limited
Carranza concession to use Mexico
Northwestern railroad from Juarez.
Gen. Gavira stated there was no
equipment in Juarez to transport
food supplies to American forces in
Gen. Gavira believed that U. S.
troops are well south of railroad line
west of Chihuahua City by today. In
that case American line of communi
cation is over 300 miles long.
Field Headquarters With American
Army, Near Dublan, Mex., March 30
(By Motor Train to Columbus,
N. M.), March 31. Experience of
American army fliers in Mexico has
made them superior of any aerial
force in world of equal numbers.
Captain E. D. Loulois of First aero
squadron made this claim today in
face of criticism of his men.
"Our aviators are daily encounter
ing condition no airmen before have
faced," he said.
Mayor Thompson beaten at coun
cil meeting today in his attempt to
put his brother-in-law, Wm. Burk
hart, deputy com'r of public works,
under civil service.
Home of City Clerk John Siman,
2231 S. Ridgeway av., robbed. Loss,
$300 in jjersjonal property