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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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confidence that American mobiliza
tion would tame Mexico's martial
spirit.
One story was that administration
expects to bottle up Mexican ports
at once. Officials admitted this could
be done, but not that it was the an
ticipated course. Pacific coast fleet
is en route to west coast of Mexico,
jfc Other ships dot both coasts. All are
ready for action.
El Paso, Tex., June 20. Defiance
of U. S. soldiers qf Carranza's threat
to attack Gen. Pershing's forces if
they moved south, east or west was
most important development in Mex
ico 'in 24-hour period marked by
comparative quiet
If threat is carried out, American
and Carranza forces will clash. Upon
learning from friendly Mexicans that
bandits were operating to south and
west of Namiquipa, Pershing imme
diately sent two detachments of cav
alry in pursuit Pershing arranged
to support these detachments with
heavy reinforcements should they be
attacked. He is also keeping his
communication lines north to Co
lumbus strongly guarded.
Body of unidentified American was
found on Mexican side of Rio Grande
last night Investigating possibility
that American was shot while in
swimming.
Every effort being made to bring
to border Americans still remaining
in Mexico. Estimates of their num
ber reach high as 4,000 men, women
and children.
Confiscation of foodstuffs for Car
ranza's army in face of national
shortage has forced Mexicans of all
classes to migrate to U. S. Approx
imately 7,000 have crossed into El
A Paso within past ten days.
9 Another motor-truck train heaped
with ammunition and supplies for
Pershing's forces left the Columbus
base today, guarded by troops with
machine guns.
Mexico City, June 20. Arrange
.ments have been made to flash i. I
of contents of American note as soon J
as it reaches here to all important
cities of the republic.
Publication of lengthy dispatches
reporting that Pres. Wilson mobilized
militia only to guard the border cre
ated favorable impression here. On
the other hand, certain Mexican
leaders have openly questioned Pres.
Wilson's good faith, asserting that
the presence of heavy artillery with
Gen. Pershing's army was not for
suppression of banditry, but con
quest of Mexican territory.
Addressing great gathering, Gen.
Carranza reiterated his previous as
sertions that he did not seek war
with the U. S., but would not refuse
to fight if war was thrust upon him.
Estimated that between 600 and
700 Americans are now in Mexico
City. Arrangements being made to
day for special train to carry all who
choose to leave for Vera Cruz.
San Antonio, Tex., June 20. In
terest in border situation early .today
centered on Del Rio, directly west of
here, on the Rio Grande, where it is
reported that 1,500 Mexicans and
Yaqui Indians are approaching the
city from the south. Reports of advance-were
brought to Del Rio by
Mexicans and transmitted to Gen.
Funston by Col. Sibley, commanding
at that place.
Gen. Greene, commanding Eagle
Pass patrol district, sent batallion of
Third infantry on motor trucks to
Del Rio immediately. Sibley's com
mand is of fair strength and with the
reinforcements he should be able to
defend the city against Mexicans' at
tack. Force last reported about 40 miles
south of Del Rio and should arrive
opnosite that city today.
Brownsville, Tex., June 20. Mex
icans who began repairing 400 feet
of railroad leading to the internation
al bridge after Maj. Anderson had
withdrawn his expedition from Mex
ican territory near here Sunday
again tore up the track and built a
barricade of steel rails at south end
of bridge on receipt of news that

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