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TROOPS TO STAY IN MEXICO, SAYS CABINET
SITUATION IS OMINOUS
guns and ammuni-
Washington, April 14. American
troops -will remain in Mexico for the
present at least The cabinet today
determined upon no change of policy
toward the Mexican situation. This
means the hunt for Villa will proceed.
Though Sec'y Baker refused to ve
rify it, it was learned that the war
department has received an official
suggestion to change its main supply
base from Columbus, N. M., to Ojin
aga. It was also indicated Gen. Fun
ston has asked for additional troops.
Withdrawal or intervention in Mex
ico are the only two courses left to
the United States, Senator Stone,
chairman, foreign relations commit
tee of the senate, said today after re
turning from a conference with Sec'y
Lansing. Stone said he believed the
punitive expedition has accomplished
all it can.
Washington, April 14. Estimates
of the number of Mexicans killed at
Parral range from a few to 100, con
sular reports to the state department
tdeclared today. The best informa
tion obtainable was that only one
American was killed.
El Paso, Tex., April 14. United
States troops around Parral are fac
ing a critical situation, according to
reports received here today.
A supposedly Villista band defeated
by the American troops at Troya last
Monday retreated toward Parral, an
official Mexican report stated.
Reports were also received of Vil
listas or independent bandits between
the American advance and the San
Antonio (Mexico) base of the United
States expedition. One party of 200
bandits attacked a cattle train only
three miles from Parral. This force
may have been among the Mexicans
who fought the American troops in
the streets of Parral.
When Carranza Consul Garcia was
reminded of his recent claim that the
inhabitants of Parral had been dis-'
armed weeks ago, he replied that the
citizens "hid out"
"It was the citizens, not the sol
diers, who opposed the entry of the
American troops into Parral and who
fired on the United States soldiers,"
Columbus, N. M., April 14. The
Carranzista withdrawal request has
halted the forward drive of the
American expedition in Mexico. The
smaller columns and detachments on
Villa's trail are concentrating as
rapidly aa possible. Until definite
action is taken on Carranza's request
the lines of communication or sup
ply will not be extended farther.
A few small bodies of scouts and
cavalry with aeroplanes may be
keeping in touch with" Villa's prog
ress through Durango, but informa
tion reaching here emphasized a
change in the disposition of troops
since the request for withdrawal and
the clash at Parral.
A' significant order was given to
the troops on guard here last night
to sleep in their clothes beside their
Washington, April 14. War de
partment official records showed to
day 120 Mexican have been slain
in operations starting with the Co
lumbus raid and exclusive of
Wednesday's Parral battle, while
seven United States soldiers were
killed at Columbus and one at Parral.
Mexico City, April 14. Mild ex
citement was caused today by pub
lication for the first time of news of
the clash between American troops
and Mexican civilians at vParral.
There were no demonstrations, how
ever. San Antonio, Tex., April 14. Villa
hunt is still on. Though Maj. Gen.
Funston feared another such inci
dent as Parral outbreak might pre
cipitate a crisis, he had received no
official word of developments.
Until Villa has been killed or cajn