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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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war." Refugees say an American
gunboat is at Progresso removing
American citizens and that other ref
ugees are embarking on passenger
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 19.
News of mobilization of American
militia stirred intense interest here.
Great mass of people bitterly hostile
to sudden military activity in U. S.
and distrust action of Pres. Wilson,
fearing that U. S., despite protesta
tions to contrary, is planning terri
torial expansion.
General opinion of the public is ex
pressed as follows:
"Americans in Mexico are now har
vesting well-deserved result of their
long meddling and interference in
Mexican affairs. They are reaping
harvest of blood which is inevitable
fruit of their political and financial
intrigues. Now these plotters, caught
in net of their own construction, are
calling upon the government at
Washington to save them, even at
cost of a long and terrible war."
In official and aristocratic circles
there is evidence of a mildly trustful
attitude, but the people want fresh
guarantees, in stronger terms, that
there will be no territorial acquisi
tion iri event of actual wdr between
U. S. and Mexico."
Maj. M. L. C. Funkhouser, second
deputy of police, today received word
from Adjt. Gen. Dickson to report at
once in Springfield for duty with the
national militia.
Fifty members of the Chicago po
lice department have been ordered to
report for duty at their armories in
stantly. Chief Healey will grant fur
loughs to the policemen called.
C. E. Stone, gineral passenger
agent of the Santa Fe railroad, said
today that the Santa Fe could han
dle 8,000 men a day to the border,
' witEout interrupting regular traffic
and 15,000 men a day with other
traffic disorganized. He said the
Rock Island could carry as many and
the Wabash-Iron Mountain- T. & P.
and I. C.-Southern Pacific routes
could handle many more.
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The spirit of war fills the Illinois
Today 8,000 national guardsmen
of the state are enroute to Spring
field, from which they may on a mo
ment's notice be ordered into Mexico.
Within a few hours after Gov.
Dunne had received from Wash
ington the call for the militia he had
decided the preliminary plans of state
mobilization and had communicated
with every company of guardsmen.
Five hundred men of the First in
fantry got word of the call to mob
ilize when they alighted from a
Northwestern train after a 15-mile
march following a stiff drill in the
field. Col. Jos. B. Sanborn told the
boys to go home for a few hours be
fore reporting at the armory. They
refused, but formed line, marched to
the armory and waited in uniform.
Full war strength for the Illinois
guardsmen is the hope of military au
thorities. This would mean 15,000
men. The companies are now re
cruited to full peace strength, 8,000.
Capt Denman of Chicago traffic
police squad, it developed today, is
now in Mexico acting as a confiden
tial agent for Washington.
Lieut. Geo. Weiderlind of the traffic
squad has trained for a year 50 pick
ed mounted police in the army man
ual of arms until they are experts.
They will enlist as soon as they .can
be assured a fight Weiderlind will
at once start similarly training 100
more traffic men.
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Detroit While at armory direct
ing organization of his company, Al
bert A. Town was notified of death of
his child. Granted leave of absence,'

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