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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 27, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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El Paso, Tex., March 27. An un
confirmed report reached here today
that 6 American soldiers had been
wounded by peons sniping near Na
miquipa and that several Mexicans
had been killed or wounded by return
fire of U. S. soldiers.
Report was denied by J. C. Crock
ett, vice president of Mexico North
western railroad, who stated he has
been in constant communication with
Casas Frandes and points south.
Leaving a trail of dead and dying,
Villa, with remnants of his once
mighty army, was today fleeing
southward from Namiquipa in direc
tion of Sierra Tarahumare moun
tains, according to army advices.
That Villa was killing deserters when
caught and giving Alexicans choice of
There was no confirmation of re
ports that Reyes threatened Torreon.
Report that American women and
children from Torreon reached Mon
terey, Mexico, in box cars after es
caping Villista bullets by hiding be
hind barricades of trunks in cars also
unconfirmed here.
San Antonio, Tex., March 27.
Latest reports to Gen. Funston indi
cated Villa has eluded attempted en
circling movement of American and
Carranzista troops and is now ad
vancing rapidly through Madera val
ley. Weeks, perhaps months, of hard
campaigning face American punitive
expedition in its chase for Villa.
Columbus, N. M., March 27. Many
drivers of incoming army wagons to-
firing squad or joining him was evi- day reported encountering Mexican
dent from censored report from ex
peditionary forces. Villa forced 35
young Mexicains to join his band at
El Valle under threat of execution.
7 were impressed into his service at
Namiquipa, where Villistas defeated
small force of Carranzistas.
Official reports from Gen. Persh
ing's expedition state that Villa's
horses were in bad condition. Bet
ter mounted American soldiers were
within 2 days' ride of outlaw at last
It was hoped that pursuers might
head him off before he reaches the
Sierras. Carranzista detachments in
his path have forced Villa to delay his
According to residents of districts
Villa traversed, his men and horses
were facing starvation. They were
living off raids on ranches along the
line of their flight.
Villa, however, was reported to
have claimed great victories in mes
sages to Canuto Reyes, Villista gen
eral in Torreon district. Conditions
of unemployment among peons were
so deplorable, Mexicans joined Reyes
in Jiope oi uviug uy wuuug,
snipers along Casas Grandes-Colum-
bus road. No Americans hit
Over 3,000 additional U. S. troops
preparing to enter Mexico.
Military officials at base camp here
reiterated belief Villistas would not
be exterminated without long, hard
campaign. They said there was no
reason to believe that Villa was sur
rounded by Americans or Carran
zista troops at present
San. Antonio. Gen. Pancho Villa's
escape from trap set for him at Nam
iquipa was through Carranzista, not
American forces, Maj. Gen. Funston
declared today.
South Wayne, Wis., March 27.
With number of dead in floods in
Southern Wisconsin and Ilinois in
creased to four and rumors that to
tal death toll may reach ten, condi
tions were gradually improving in
flooded districts today.
Chas. Owen, a farmer near here,
was drowned this morning while try
ing to rescue cattle from a flooded
barn. Wm. Horr, railroad aEent at
j Winslow, DL, lost his Ufa

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