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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Villfetas cut Mexico Northwest
ern's telegraph lines in nearly 30 dif
ferent places.
If two other American columns on
either side of forces which left El
Valle were racing toward battlefield
to engage Vina, as reported, the three
American cavalry squadrons were out
of sight and touch with each other.
Column reported going toward Bab
ricora ranch was separated from El
Valle squadron by oriental range of
Sierra Madres, while Santa Clara
range cut off central squadron from
eastern column reported near Car
men. Latter may attack Villa if he
emerges from Santa Clara canyon.
Carranza troops at corresponding
points south completed iron ring
around Villa.
Army men, who declared expedi
tion in Mexico now faced most se
rious problems since it crossed bor
der .exactly a week ago, pointed to
Villa bands harrassing lengthening
American lines of communication as
reason for Funston's request for
more troops. Army's field telegraph
constructed along line of march has
repeatedly been cut and rendered
practically worthless. These repairs
have taken so much of signal corps'
time that wires have only been strung
for distance of 30 or 40 miles.
Women kissed U. S. soldiers as res
cuers, men cheered and the Ameri
can flag was brought out from hiding
places when CoL Dodd's cavalry rode
into Casas Grandes after their record
march to relief of Mormon colony,
according to stories told by Mormons
Children carried the tired, dusty
troopers water, fruit and other re
freshments while men of the colony
turned over their alfalfa and farm
products to the army.
Mexicans of Casas Grandes were
silent witnesses to the wild demon
strations of joy. While a few Mex
icans resented presence of American
soldiers on Mexican soil, there was
no untoward incident.
. ViJjjiiursuit has now reached the
rugged Guerrero district, in which he
defied de facto government since his
deefat at Agua Prieta year ago. Be
tween the ranges of hills a single
crooked trail runs at the foot of the
mountains, or indistinctly turns to
ward secret springs and caves which
have been hiding places of bandits
for centuries.
Washington, March 22. Gen.
Funston's call for border reinforce
ments met instant response here to
day. Prom all sections of the coun
try troop trains were speeding to
ward Mexican border.
Squadrons of cavalry from Fort
Meyer, Va., Wyoming, Fort Leaven
worth, Kan., and Fort Sheridan, El.,
and Twenty-fourth infantry from
Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., on their
Funston's dispatch indicated that
Gen. Pershing's expedition is nearing
Villa's fighting line. While Carran
zista troops are reported already
fighting with Villistas, in a running
retreat, American forces reported
closing in.
Reports that all communication
between Columbus and Pershing's
command has been cut disturbed
officials, though it was believed this
was due to military difficulties and
not treachery.
Urgent steps being taken to re
plenish Pershing's supplies. Admitted
that unless more supplies reach him
within a few days a serious situation
will be faced by American expedi
tion. State dep't and Carranza's repre
sentatives here today rushed work an,
protocal providing for co-operation
of U. S. and Carranza governments
in pursuing Villa and also use by
Americans of Mexican railways.
Men enroute today to reinforce
Funston's troops comprise total of
Galveston, March 22. Specula
tion was rife here tpday, following

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