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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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VILLA MAKES GOOD HIS ESCAPE
FUNSTON EXPLAINS WHY
San Antonio, April 5. Admitting
Villa has escaped to south, Gen. Fun
ston declared bandit chief probably
is headed for Parral district, with
"very few" American troops in pur
suit. He asserted it islmpossible to
send a considerable body of soldiers
farther south because of necessity of
protecting lines of communication.
Present available force has been
drained to meet this requirement
Hope of early successful ending of
great man hunt apparently aban
doned at army headquarters. Fun
ston stated that continuation of the
chase southward must be backed by
stronger force than at present avail
able. Commenting on CoL Brown's de
feat of Villiista force 30 miles north
of Guerrero, April 1, Funston point
ed out that troops under Gen. Per
shing available for pursuit are un
doubtedly far south of the scene of
the second engagement, which re
sulted in killing of 30 Villistas.
There were no casualties among
the 200 negro troops in Col. Brown's
Tenth cavalry command. Knowl
edge of fight is limited to reports
brought to Gen. Pershing by Mexi
can ranchers, no detailed official re
port having been made.
Gen. Funston believes bandits who
burned two bridges north of Mono
lova are Villistas, but is not certain
and admits himself somewhat at sea
concerning leadership of this new
enemy faction. No reports to head
quarters of disaffections among Car
ranzistas except circumstantial ac
count of Col. Cano's alleged pro-Villa
sympathies.
Columbus, N. M. Presence of
small bands of Mexicans lurking in
foothills along American line of com
munication has resulted in the U. S.
troops entrenching at some points,
according to incoming motor truck
drivers.
Washington, April 5. To meet the
serious shortage in transportation
facilities in Mexico, Sec'y of War Ba
ker ordered, at Gen. Funston's re
quest, four additional companies of
automobile trucks 108 in all and
two tank trucks for carrying gaso
line. This was believed to indicate ad
ministration's probable solution of
the transportation difficulty brought
about by inability to make immediate
use of Mexican Northwestern Ry.
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MARYLAND ADOPTS COMPUL
SORYMILITARY SERVICE
Annapolis, Md., April 5. Every
able-bodied male citizen of Maryland,
between the ages of 18 and 45, is
liable for military service under pro
vision of a bill passed just as the
legislature adjourned, it was learned
today.
The new law divides the militia
into two classes, "active" and "unor
ganized." The organized national
guard is the active militia. All other
males are included in tne unorgan
ized" militia and may be called up for
service by the governor if the quota
of national guardsmen is not suffi
cient to meet federal requirements
under the Hay bill, pending in con
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MRS. SACHS DECLINES PENSION
The wife of th$ late Dr. Theo. B, '
Sachs will not accept a pension fund,
even though she may be in want.
H. N. Higinbotham and the Chicago
Tribune started a fund to raise $10,
000, from which it was proposed to
pay a pension to her until her death,
and then turn the fund over to tu
berculosis relief work.
She has declined all aid. Dr. Sachs
left $13,000, considered a tiny for
tune for a man of his talent, and she
will try to live on the interest of
that.
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Mrs. Agnes Middleton, 40, 3267
Armitage av., found beaten to death,
in her bed. Husband committed sui
cide two years ago.
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