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physicians and more seriously af flicted are being sent back to border as rapidly as possible. Private R. J. Harding of Company A., 16th Infantry, latest. arrival today, said pneumonia was very prevalent in column, due to the extremes of country encountered. When dysentery was discovered in the ranks, medical corps immediate ly increased precautions against use of impure water. Sanitary precau tions also were redoubled. Dysentery, one of greatest terrors of an army on the march, is principally caused by drinking of impure water. Boiling is commonest precautionary measure. CAVALRY COLUMNS DRAW IN TO PREVENT VILLA'S ESCAPE San Antonio, Tex., March 22. With Gen. Pershing reported at Lake Babricora, CoL Dodd in district be tween El Valle and Namiquipa and third American column near Carmen, contact with forces of Villa regarded as inevitable today if he is still hem mer in between American troops and line of Carranza soldiers to south. If he has slipped through into Guerrero region, chase, it is conceded, will be weeks, perhaps months, longer. Censorship has noticeably tighten ed as to operations north of Casas Grandes within last few hours. Sig nificance of call for Fifth cavalry re inforcements freely admitted. Ad mitted necessity of strengthening line of communication indicates fear that Villa bands purposely left behind by bandit chief on retreat south may start sudden raid in Pershing's rear and leave American forces isolated in region admittedly pro-Villa in senti ment. Despite every effort of officers at Columbus base, it was not until yes terday auto truck companies were able to muster full strength in vital task of rushing forward supplies and loss of complete control of line of communication' at tis time wduld be serious matter. GUERILLA BANDS HINDERING PERSHING'S COMMUNICATION El Paso, March 22. Cut off from the border when the field wireless failed and Villista bands cut tele graph lines from Juarez, nothing has been heard from Gen. Pershing's ex peditionary forces today since he re ported his vanguard near Villa, who had sought Santa Clara canyon, fol lowing severe defeat by Carranza soldiers near Namiquipa yesterday. Terrors of Villa hunt were empha sized i just before communication lines were cut by reports of two American aviators lost in Chihuahua desert since Sunday, men going blind from glare of sands under tropical sun and horses dropping from ex haustion. Other, members of the aeroplane squadron searching for Lieuts. Robt. H. Willis and Edgar S. Correll, whose 3-day rations and scant water sup ply must be practically gone by to day. Fate of two aviators or cause of their mishap unknown here. There still is hope that the aviators may have escaped injury or would turn up in some settlement in barren stretch north of Casas Grandes. En gine trouble may have forced them to descend, and with their maps and othe'r equipment they' might have reached settlement out of touch with the army base. Fali of Thos. S. Bowen, army flier who was injured in first American aero mishap under war conditions, and disappearance of two fliers cut CapL Foulois squad to five machines. American cavalry rushing toward Namiquipa reported to have passed El Valle yesterday, within, 24 hours forced march of Villa. If outlaw has not escaped into wild Santa Clara, mountains U. S. troops ought to be in touch with him before night. Like ly, however, that Villa had split Up his followers and would himself avoid fight with Pershing's vanguard.