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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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ican expedition taking over Mexican southeast of Casas Grandee. Ac
railway. Indications that step was
taken with consent of defacto gov
ernment seen in report that Carran
za Gen. Bertani with 200 .men left
Casas Grandes today on military
train from Madera. Brig. Gen. Per
shing took charge of Mexico North
western from Casas Grandes to Ma
dero three dags ago, it has just be
come known. His action was kept
secret until today.
Also unofficially stated that U. S.
army will begin operation of provi
sion trains on Mexico Northwestern
from Juarez within next 24 hours.
Pinal negotiations in progress to
day for American railroad equipment
to be used over Mexican lines. In
local yards preparations were being
made to turn over locomotives and
ears to the army.
San Antonio, March 23. Because
of fear of uprisings along border, the
third battalion of 5th cavalry, now
speeding to Columbus, will be imme
diately distributed along border and
portion of 24th infantry not required
for protection of Gen. Pershing's line
of communication will be utilized for
additional border patroL
Most significant change in disposi
tion of American troops, confirmed
today, was sending of 4th artillery
from Mercedes to Brownsville. There
are already more than 5,000 TJ. S. sol
diers in the Brownsville district, but
Mata moras, a Mexican city across
the river, is a hotbed of Villista sen
time nt
At Gen. Punston's headquarters it
was slated that proper precautions
are being taken to guard Pershing's
Hne of communications between Co
lumbus and Casas Grandes from pos
sible attack from revolting Carran
zistas. Punston refused to confirm or deny
reported engagement between de
tachment of 7th cavalry and Villista
force, said to have occurred 80 miles 1
cording to reports emanating from
El Paso casualties were two Ameri
cans and 82 Mexicans.
Work of first American aero squad
operating with Gen. Pershing's col
umn has been one of greatest disap
pointments so far encountered in
Mexican campaign.
Washington, March 23. Govern
ment today is seriously considering
possible necessity of using state mi
litia on the Mexican border. Every
available man of the regular army
may be needed by Gen. Funston to
cope with Villistas reported rein
forced by deserting Carranzistas. If
entire regular army now in U. S. is
thrown into Mexico it is believed the
president wfll have to call for the
national guard or volunteer for bor
der patrol work.
Reports from Gen. Funston, not
entirely authenticated, that Gen. Luis
Herrera, Carranza military governor
of Chihuahua, had deserted to Villa
with 2,000 men, presented grave pos
sibilities, officials admitted. Increas
ing official concern was another re
port that CoL Cano of the Carran
zistas, supposed to be fighting Villa
forces near Namiquipa, was actually
parleying with Villa with view to de
serting Carranza.
Carranza Consul Garcia at El Paso
wired Mexican embassy denying that
Gen. Herrera has revolted. Instead,
he said, Herrera is actively pushing
campaign against Villa.
Most of mobile army in U. S. is al
ready in or near Mexico. In addition,
government has the coast artillery,
the army in the Philippines and Alas
ka and several thousand marines of
the navy to call upon in real emergency.
El Paso, i ex., March 23. Thougk
unconfirmed, reports persist that
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