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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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placed many soldiers under care of
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.
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.
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.

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