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made it difficult to obtain them.
Storekeepers were liberal with their
Funston stated today the reported
change of -communication line, plao
'ing base near Presidio, Tex., would
not receive serious consideration at
this time. If Villa chase becomes a
matter of months, however, Punston
indicated sucji a move may be con
sidered. ' ' '
EJ Paso, Tx., April 10. Hanging
doggedly to Villa's -trail, JJ. S. cavalry
was today in desolate sierras around
ParraL At least 24 hours' march
ahead of his "nemesis' Villa, with
. 200 men. and fresh mounts, was at
Magistral mining camp in the state
of Durango. v
That Villa is fleeing at top speed
to join Arrieta brothers, who have
3,000 followers around Durango City,
was information sent to border by of
ficers of American mining company
at Parral. vVilla passed . Parral on
Saturday. Magistral is near 75 miles'
by trails -south. -Sierra de la Candela
range there is about two miles above
sea level and will offer more hard
ships to American pursuers than any
thing they have so far encountered.
Though spurred on, by desire 'of
bringing chase (to quick end and re
lieving Carranza of danger from re
volt by "his generals opposed to expe-,
diiion, Americans are believed to be
falling behind in their man-hunt.
Villa obtained fresh mounts in Par
ral and, with hisknowledge of moun
tain trials, his chance of eluding the.
Americans indefinitely is considered
good here. ,
While official. Mexican advices here
declare Villa is wounded, James
Hamilton, British refugee from Par
ral, said he had absolute info'rmation
from Mexican mining men that Villa
is unhurt and is safe from capture in
v Officials here do net take seriously
reported departure of Gen. Jose Ynez
Salazar, who issued proclamation
calling on Mexicans to join .new re
volution)! his own. Salazar s .anti-1
ViHa. He is reported to have crossed
into Mexico near here." Reports of
imminent danger to El Paso Amer
icans from local Mexican uprising
simultaneous with mutiny in Juarez
garrison also treated lightly. Gen.
Gavira, Juarez, reported considering
going to Chihuahua City to take
active part in Carranza plans against r
Villa. Gen. Peternillo Hernandez
was mentioned as Cavira's possible
Carranza'' Consul Garcia today de
nied report that in sacret protocol be
tween U. S". and de facto government,
Washington administration promised ,
not to pursue Villa after he had fled
fixed distance into Mexico.
THIS DOESN'T EXPLAINJHE BIG
JUMP IN GASOLINE
Washington, April 10. There were
100,021,790 gallons of crude petro
leum held in February, 1916, as
against 63,323,242 held in February, '
1915, and-production of gasoline' in
creased from 76,663,537 gallons in
January, 1915, t& 97,056,217 gallons
in December, v "
These startling figures contradict
ing reports o" decreased supply of ' '
petroleum were sent to senate today
by federal trade commission in re
port of its soaring prices.
Another feature of preliminary re
port was the wide variance shown in
gasoline price increases as compared
with rise in crude oil. Gasoline rose
4.8 cents a gallon in 1915 for middle
west refineries, and 5.50 for eastern,
while crude oil was advancing only
1.17 and 1.56 respectively for the
same sections, kerosene 1.27 and 38
cents, and fuel oil 78 cents and 1.O0. M
Fifteen per cent of the total pro
duction of gasoline, the report said,
is exported. . '
Lexington, Ky., April 10. Herbert
Spink, 3, plunged 20 feet -from second-story
window, lighting directly
on his head on brick pavement. Only
slight bump shosfe where Herbert
and pavement mew. - ,