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FIGHT BETWEEN TWO MEXICAN
FORCES WHERE'S VILLA?
El Paso, April 1Z-Battle was re
ported to have been fought between
Jiminez and Parral, but on account
of Carranzista censorship, forces en
gaged were not made known.
Mexican Central train ran into the
fight, later returning to Jiminez,
whence censored reports were sent
to border. It is not known here
whether American forces engaged in
the fighting. Information from min
ing men in Parral placed American
detachment in that vicinity and Vil
lista bands also were recently re
ported thereabouts. Carranza au
thorities In Juarez silent regarding
Where Villa himself is today is a
mystery. Rumors of his death be
lieved to have been inspired by Mex
ican sources to bring about the with
drawal of American troops. Marquis
de Lao, formerly prominent Villa ad
herent and now a Carranza follower,
stated on his arrival from Chihuahua
City that a Mexican came there with
positive information of Villa's death
from wounds suffered in the Guerre
ro engagements with Carranzistas,
March 30. However, all mining com
pany reports tend to show Villa was
with a small column of bandits last
reported near Tepehuanez, Durango.
That the main American cavalry
squadron is in Southwestern Chihua
hua is shown by negotiations be
tween quartermaster's department
and El Paso dealers for Jarge ship
ments of hay and oats to be sent over
Mexican Central railroad via Chihua
hua City. This was another indica
tion that American forces are in the
vicinity of Parral and Jiminez, where
the fight is reported to have occurred.
San Antonio, Tex., April 1Z Gen.
Funston was highly optimistic for
a quick, successtul termination of
the chase. His messages of the past
week have repeatedly emphasized the
friendliness and co-operation of Car
ranza comanders. In addition he has
jreceiyed. eacouraging reports on. he .
physical welfare of expedition. Both
men and horses are in splendid condi
tion, according to advices to head
quarters. Funston today gave unstinted
praise to Col. Dodd for pushing his
pursuit so persistently.
Despite handicaps of chasing ban
dit in a strange country, Dodd's cav
alry so far has administered one se
vere defeat and kept fugitive Mexi
cans on the jump ever since expedi
tion started. Just how near to Villa's
force American cavalrymen are to
day was not definitely known, but it
was believed Dodd is not far behind.
Rumors of Villa's death were met
with derision at headquarters. Offi
cers there regarded them as result of
hysterical talk among natives in the
interior, which gradually spread and
finally found their way to the border.
Sniping Again Reported.
Columbus, N. M., April 12. Snip
ing again reported by drivers of in
coming army motor trucks today.
Bullet holes appeared in body of one
machine. Guards found rifle behind
'barricade below Casas Grandes. At
headquarters here firing is believed
to have been done by small groups
of bandits still roving behind Ameri
can expedition advanced columns.
Care was taken today to prevent
lynching of six Mexicans held her
on charges of having participated 1.1
Villista raid on Columbus. Military
plans to turn them over to civil au
thorities at Deming for trial on mur
VILLA IS EXPENSIVE
Washington, April 11. More than
$1,000,000 has been "spent thus far by
United States in its hunt for Pancho
War department estimated today
monthly cost over and above regular
running expenses has been $100,000,
while $900,000 has been spent for
auto trucks and gasoline tank cars.
Arrieta brothers, Carranzista lead-'
ers at Durango City, will not join
.Villa's Xidsrs, according to 4Ispjtcbf(