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r here in most places, was so thick that
at times you could not see ten feet
After learning the change of posi
tion of the rebels, the federals sent
about 2,000 cavalry-Qut of Ojinaga
and threw out a line from their
trenches in the town to within a short
distance of the camp the rebels had
just left. Firing had been kept up
all morning by both sides on the
south end of town.
About 3 o'clock the rebels made a
charge on the artillery camp of the
federals. Then the fighting really be
gan in earnest. The entire federal
cavalry column charged the advanc
ing rebels and it was first one side
and then, the other charging and re
treating. The fighting was fierce for
four hours, and when the battle dust
and smoke cleared away it was'found
the rebels had retreated to the moun
tains about 15 miles away.
The loss of life was heavy on both
sides, as the constant rain of schrap
nel, shell and rifle fire was very ef
fective. Prom personal observation
I would say that the rebels in the
closing day's battle had 500 killed
and 200 wounded, and the federals
250 killed and 150 wounded.
Gen. Salazar's command captured
47 rebels under Major Coma and
they were all executed today.
CoL Luis Cuiltis of Chihuahua was
seriously wounded during the battle
and died today in the Red. Cross
Hospital at Presidio.
Don Luis Terrazzas m was wound
ed in the foot and was taken to the
Red Cross Hospital on the American
The sights at Presidio on the
United States side of the river Rio
Grande are at once picturesque and
pitiful. Just imagine thousands of
refugees campedalong the roadside
and in the river' bed. Children and
women half naked. Little or no food
except what is supplied by Major Mc
Namee's United States troopers.
Wounded Mexican soldiers, rebel and
federal, all wrapped in bandages and
lying around camp fires. Red Cross
nurses hurrying to and fro doing the
best they can for wounded men,
starving people and sick children.
Uncle Sam's soldiers keeping a
watchful eye over all.
To add to the horror of the war
side of it, Bmallpox has broken out
in the refugee camps. One case, dis
covered a few days ago in the tem
porary hospital, developed a malig
nant form and the patient died the
next day. Three more cases have
since been reported and quarantined.
Major M,cNamee is doing everything
in his power to prevent the spread
of the disease. Every man, woman
and child in and around Presidio was
vaccinated today. Dr. George H.
Chandler is in charge of the medical
On my trip to the outpost this
morning I saw fires in every direc
tion and found that the federals were
burning the bodies of the dead that
fell in the week's fighting.
The federals captured today what
is supposed to be one of Gen. Villa's
autos bound for the battlefield from
Chihuahua with 30,000 rounds of
ammunition. Major Croz Rosa, in
charge of the auto, was killed and his
body brought to Ojinaga.
When little Doris climbed to. her
father's knee it was quite obvious
that some deep problem was troub
ling her mind. Presently she unbur
dened herself of the momentous
"Papa," she asked, "was it a very
wise person who said, 'The good die
"Yes," replied the father, "I sup
pose he must have been very, very
"Well," said the child, after medij
tating for some time on the import
of Ms answer, "I'm not really so
much surprised about you, but
mummy no, I don't see how "mum
my managed to get growed up!"