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An enormous crowd of Mexicans,
made up largely of Carranza soldiers,
had surrounded the U. S. troops.
Previously there had been little
shooting, which Tompkins thought
were fired in welconie -o Americans.
He had been met by Lozango, who
promised a welcome and a camping
place. A non-commissioned officer
dashed up to Tompkins and reported
that the Americans had been fired on
and a number of them wounded.
Tompkins asked Lozango for an
explanation, but he seemed mystified,
afterward asking Tompkins to get
his men out of the city immediately.
Lozango offered to guide Americans
to safety, but Tompkins, fearing a
trap formed a plan of his own.
A squad of 8 skirmishers were
thrown out at head of retreating
American columns, seeking to find an
easy defense. Mobs grew larger.
Rifle and pistol fire at Americans be
came incessant. Then followed the
incident of the so-called Carranza
guard on the hill and the reply of the
Tompkins retired to Santa Cruz,
where he dug himself in and await
ed reinforcements. These soon be
gan to arrive from all directions, a
command under Col. Allen making a
phenomenal march to the scene. Col.
Brown and Major Howze led other re
Washington, April 18. Withdraw
al of American forces from Mexico
within the next month is likely.
Such action may" he taken with
out accomplishing the original man
date, "Get Villa!" but the step will
not be taken until the war depart
ment's order to break up Villa's band
are fulfilled or until Carranzistas are
fully able to take up the chase.
Columbus, N. M., April 18 Thirty
sick and wounded men were expect
ed to arrive here today from Mexico
by motor truck train. The wireless
to the hospital corps did not state
whether the wounded were all Amer
ican soldiers or included some
wounded Mexican prisoners.
BUCK CAN'T SEE TAKING AN
OPINION FROM ETTELSON
Scant respect for the ability of
Corporation Counsel Ettelson to give
an impartial opinion when an action
of the school board is the issue was
expressed by Aid. Buck at a meeting
of the judiciary committee today.
In buying a new school site in the
35th ward the school board disre
garded the express order of the city
council. In discussing the action of
the board it was proposed that the
corporation counsel be asked for an
opinion as to how far the committee
might proceed againstthe board.
This brought Buck to his feet.
"Judging from opinions Mr. Ettel
son has already given, it will be use
less for this committee to ask him
for an opinion which will favor coun
cil when the school board is con
cerned," said Buck. "It is settled in
advance that his opinion would be
that the council committee has no
power to act against the school
TO THRESH OUT THE STRANGE
PART OF SCHOOL SITES
Something strange about the
school sites which the board of ec1 1
cation intends to buy was discovered
when the purchase of the grounds
was reviewed by the school commit
tee today. . il
Seeral cases where the school
board intended to buy lots with
buildings on while there were vacant
lots next door were discovered.
The matter was put over until the
next meeting of the council commit
tee, when it will be threshed out and
explained by the trustees and aldermen.
Donald Richberg, special att'y for
council committee on gas litigation,
appointed special ass't corporation
counsel to committee on fire, schools,
i oli--p and c'vil service in its inves
tigation of finances of board of education.