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MAY PUSH TROOPS FARTHER
INTO MEXICO AFTER VILLA
Washington, July 7. Gen. Persh
ing's punitive column will noty only
remain within Mexico "for the time
being," but it may even be sent fur
ther south to take a whack at the
Villa band reported to have practic
ally annihilated a Carranza garrison
near Liminez Wednesday. This was
learned on high authority today fol
lowing a formal notification of the
Villista success by Mexican Ambas
sador Arredondo to the state depart
ment Columbus, N. M. Declaring that
Villa is alive and desires a great army
to fall upon the gringoes and drive
them from Mexico, Villista agents
are recruiting in villages south of the
American expedition's advanced base.
The agitators and recruiting agen
cies have also been working among
the Carranzista troops at Villa Ahu
mada and other garrisons.
U. S. PLANS FOR PROSPERITY
AND PEACE FOR MEXICO
Washington, July 7. American-
Mexican situation- today has changed
from one that contemplated war to
one contemplating rehabilitation of
Carranza's country. How to bring
peace and prosperity out of Mexican
chaos was the problem before Pres.
Wilson and his cabinet
The session was expected to mark
second step by the president in work
ing out his Mexican policy.
Primarily, the cabinet had for con
sideration Sec'y Lansing's formal re
ply to Sec'y Aguilar's pacific note.
This formally accepts idea of direct
negotiations and, it was understood,
indicates willingness of this govern
ment to go a long way in helping re
store the shattered republic.
Other problems of prime impor
tance before the cabinet were:
What is to be done about-guarding
the border and permitting Carranza
to establish a parallel patrol on his
side of the border.
What to do about sending militia-1
J men on the border to their homes'
with incidental increase in the reg
ular army to fill their places.
And, basically most important,
what to do to place Mexico on a firm
footing among the nations.
Wfth respect to the latter, the ad
ministration feels that it cannot at
present encourage bankers to extend
aid to Mexico. But it is hopeful that
Carranza can now take a strong
guiding hand, which will ensure a
stable government ultimately and
thus afford the opportunity" for
American financial aid.
To encourage Carranza in estab
lishing his government and to work
out a scheme of financial assistance
which will not extort blood money
from Mexico is big administration
El Paso, Tex. Villa again looms
up in Mexican situation, threatening
Carranza's rule in Northern Mexico.
Unconfirmed reports to U. S. officials
here declare bandit leader himself is
at head of over 2,000 men in posses
sion of Jiminez and menacing Tor
reon, Gomez Palacia and other cities
now held by small Carranza garri
However, in circles friendly to
Carranza it was charged today that
the reported reappearance of Villa is
a plot by inteersts who favor inter
vention and wish to keep American
punitive expedition in Mexico.
Body of Capt Chas. Boyd probably
will be shipped east this afternoon
for burial in Arlington cemetery in
Washington. Remains of Lieut.
Henry Adair and the seven negroes
also exhumed from the Carrizal bat
tlefield will be held for a day or two
longer, pending advices from rela
tives. Eagle aPss, Tex. Many American
residents in Piedras Negras, opposite
here, quit Mexican city, fearing at
tack by a large force of Carranzistas
which has been concentrated there.
With Mexican forces are large num
bers of Yaqui Indians, encamped on,
outskirts of city.