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GERMANY PLAYS-VILLA AGAINST CARRANZA
WANTED BANDIT TO RAID BORDER
against the United States and as a"
BY WEBB MILLER,
United Press Staff Correspondent
Laredo, Tex., March 8. Germany
is playing Villa against Carranza.
Great sums of German money are
pouring into the- bandit leader's
hands, inciting him to" activity
against the United States and
against Carranza, while at the same
time German agents work through
officials of the Carranza government
seeking to align that side against the
Just back from a trip into the in
terior of Mexico, I canvstate these
facts on the highest authority:
Agents of the German government
in Mexico approached Franrisco Villa
at his headquarters at Bustillo's
ranch, about Feb. 12, with a proposi
tion to renew his raids on the bor
der in case of a declaration of war
between the United States and Ger
many. Two German agents reached
the bandit leader. The 'conference
extended over two days:
At first Villa demurred against any
attack on the border in force, under
any circumstances. At length an
agreement was reached that in case
of war Villa would send small bands,
as unattached bandits, to operate at
widely-separated points along the in
ternational line and to make sporadic
forays to harrass" American troops.
Under the terms of agreement the
German agents promised to pay Villa
500,000 pesos ($250,000) in gold at
once to seal the compact. He re
fused to enter into the plot until the
first payment was handed over. They
agreed to pay a large amount each
month thereafter in case of war.
' After orders f rom Foreign Sec'y
Zimmerman reached Mexico City
for an attempt to arrange an alliance
with Mexico and Japan, the Villa
scheme was one of the first moves.
The Villa plan was to be used
chiefly in the event of failure to in
duce Carranza. to enter.an-intrigue
possible meanB of bringing pressure
to bear on Carranza. It was hoped V
to involve the de facto government
and the United States in new, serious
complications, making the retention ijfe
of a large part of the army along the
Among officials in Mexico City
stories are afloat that two govern
ment officials In the. first chief's im
mediate circle of influential men.
were co-operating directly with Ger
man agents. One of the newspapers -in
the capital is said to be under sub- -
sidy to. the Germans to print news '
from the German angle. In other
ways German money and influence
are at work to sway the actions of
the de facto government.
New York, March 8. Lieut Rob-
ert Fay, who plotted to destroy muni- '
tion ships, was convicted and es
caped from the, Atlanta prison, is
now in Mexico, according to informa- -tion
received by the district attor-"
'ney's office here.
- LATE BITS
J. J. McLaughlin, 45, City footel, hit
by f enderless auto truck of Western
Casket Co.. at 16th ana Wabash to
Magnus Bjamersbn, 65, 6136 S. '
Laflin, killed by blast at Goldsmith.
Bros. Smelting & Refining Co., '
Throop and 58th.
Wm. Nagel, 45, 3441 N. Hoyne;
killed by Northwestern train at Kost
ner av. crossing.
Washington. State department W
said Ambassador Gerard and party
are due at Havana between Saturday
Boone, la One aged woman and
three men, all inmates of the Boone
county poorhouse, buraed to death
in fire which destroyed building; 56
others narrowly escaped with, lives