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here. Report stated they were running off horses front
Parker's ranch in Play as valley, southwest of M achita,
N. M. Loss of life and fighting were not mentioned.
Washington, D. C. Sec'y of War Baker todmy
issued orders to ever'ydepartment commander to send
militia forces to border as rapidly as he can equip them
Washington, June 23. Report
from Gen. Pershing containing story
of Carrizal fght between Americans
and Carranzistas based solely on in
formation of returning Tenth caval
rymen was in war dep't's hands to
day. Its contents were characterized
as confirming press reports of cav
alrymen's story in most particulars,
but officials said they could not rely
entirely upon it as proving that attack
was unprovoked, with Mexicans en
tirely the aggressors.
Sec'y Baker refHsed to make pub
lic text of Pershing's message on
ground that it was sot official infor
mation and because he and Pershing
regard it as "in the rumor" class.
Secretary has decided to put lid on
information which is not strictly
Army men, generally, said today
they did not believe the Carrizal in
cident, by itself, will provoke war,
although they expressed themselves
as believing war cannot be avoided
Official statement was made that
at no time has the president dis
cussed with any department official
the subject of calling for volunteers.
Watchful waiting was invoked
anew by the administration today in
Mexican problem. Help in framing
this government's course presuma
bly diplomatic, but possibly stronger
was anticipated in preliminary re
port of Gen. Pershinp on Carrizal
battle. His report,' decoded early to
day, was understood to contain story
of Tenth cavalry stragglers, putting
responsibility for affair upon Mexicans.
Full official version, based on of
ficers' reports, was expected from
Pershing during day.
Meantime war dep't activity cen
tered in getting militia troops ready
for bonier service.
U. S. gov't is understood to have
made formal request of Great Britain
to take charge of American interests
in Mexico should war occur between
the two countries.
El Paso, Tex. Fate of Capt Lewis
Moray's cavalry detachment which
was in Carrazal fight, and possibility
that squadron of Eleventh TJ. S. ca
valry sent to their relief has also
been engaged by Carranzistas,
caused gravest anxiety in official cir
cles here today.
Nothing has been heard from
Morey's men since battle of Wednes
day. Gen. Pershing has arranged
to reinforce relief column if it is at
tacked by vastly superior number of
Carranzistas in Carrizal district.
Absence of aeroplanes with Amer
ican expedition in Mexico was basis
of considerable criticism here today.
Aviators could have learned truth
about Carrizal situation almost im
mediately. All aeroplanes intended
for scouting with Pershing are dis
mantled at Columbus base uader
Juarez today was practically de
serted, the 4.7 inch guns on Amer
ican side still menacing little. Mexi
can city. Gen. Gonzales and handful
of men still beMeved in Juarez. Ge.
Bell ort Bliss is si id to have in
formation that considerable Carran
. .. m.. ? is hidden i hilte aroaM
Juarez. Troops that evacuated city
reported to have concentrated 20