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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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"VILLA DEAD" STORY EXPLODED
BODY WAS NOT HIS
Chihauhau, Mex., April 21. The
body supposedly Villa's proved not to
be his. The report that the bandit
leader's corpse had been exhumed
was positively stamped as false to
day by Gen. Luis Gutierrez, military
commander here.
The body exhumed proved to be
that of a Villista, but not the bandit
leader himself.
This and official American reports
that Villa is in Durango state un
wounded were disclosed, together
with Carranza order of April 15, pro
hibiting U. S. aviators flying over
Mexican cities and barring American
forces from using Mexican telegraph
or telephone lines.
Scores of shots were fired at Amer
ican who made flight over city Wed
nesday. Resentment of Mexican soldiers
and populace against continued pres
ence of American troops is becoming
so general that Carranza military au-J
thorities declare they will be unable
to control people unless expedition is
soon withdrawn.
Consul Letcher reported to Wash
ington that Parral incident was not
an isolated case. Other attacks on
American troops by inhabitants of
Mexico towns believed to have occur
red. Bandit whose life was spared when
ha promised to point out Villa's burial
place led Carranza soldiers to grave,
but body was not Villa's.
Number of Americans who came
here to investigate reported death of
Villa and identify his body if it was
brought here were witnesses of at
tack on American aeroplane. Car
ranza soldiers fired volleys at it and
even private citizens unloaded their
revolvers at it Aeroplane apparent
ly was out of range of the bullets.
Aviator at first appeared to be seek
ing landing place in Chihuahua, but
later fled in direction pf San Antqnio, i
Mexico. He is believed to have came
from Saveto.
Offices of Cuartel General an
nounced receipt of instructions from
Carranza against American flights
over cities and prohibiting use of
telegraph and telephone lines.
Chihuahua newspapers already an
nounced early retirement of Amer
ican forces. "El Democrata" printed
Washington dispatch that U. S. has
declared war on Germany and would
require use of all forces to fight the
Germans.
WHAT ARE THE CARRANZISTA
TROOPS PLANNING?
Washington, April 21. What Car
ranzista troops, now moving south
from Chihuahua, intend to do is the
big, outstanding element of the Mex
ican situation today.
Privately officials admitted situa
tion is, to say the least, disquieting.
Carranzistas are not sufficiently
strong to cause serious trouble, but
their ranks may grow as they pro
ceed. Apparently they desire ' to
clieck any further southward move
Of Gen. Pershing's riders.
But Pershing is not in a position
now to move much farther below his
present location, inasmuch as his
communication lines have been
stretched until their elasticity is
gone.
Authorities still believe Carranzis
tas are co-operating or at least ac
quiescing in American movements in
Mexico. Troop movement from Chi
huahua, though, is evidently a step
over which government has no con
trol. For this reason it is the graver.
Officials feel American column can
give good account of itself, even
against extremely great odds, but ad
ministration frankly hopes no such
test may be necessary.
' Cabinet considered message telling
of Chihuahua step, as well as other
reports of recent activities. No with
drawal was planned until Gen. Scott,
jjhief -of staff, reports -
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