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SIXTEEN PAGES TODAY.
LATEST NEWS BY ASSOCIATED PRESS.
EL PASO. TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING. MARCH 22. 1916.
DEUVEItED ANTWHKRE 0 CENTS A MONTH.
SINGLE COPT FIVE CENTS.
2000 TROOPS WILL JOIN GEN. PERSHING
Supreme Court Opinion Kills
New Method of Selecting
Expenses of Primary Cannot
Be Paid Out of General
Fund, Says Court.
AUSTIK. TEX., March . The
presidential primary act of the
SJd legislature was today held
miconsltttutlonal and Inoperative by the
Mate .supreme court In a unanimous
pinion written by supreme Justice Nel-
vii i niiups.
The holding Is based on the payment
f the expenses of such primary elec
tions out of the public funds.
"Tested by leg-al principles which are
Hear and established, the payment of
'he expenses of primary elections of
"olitual parties is not a public pur
pose for which public revenue may be
used and in our opinion the act In ques
tion Is therefore unconstitutional and
unenforceable." read the opinion.
lark to Old Convention Srnfem.
Rv Its decision in this ease, the
hotce of delegates to national con
entlons must be made under the old
i onventlon system of choice. This act
" as Intended to eliminate the old con
' entlon by substituting primary elee
tions In counties of the state on the
fourth Tuesday In May. la presiden
tial election years, by the respective
political parties of the state Holding as
mnnv as 60,600 votes for their re
xprctlve candidates for governor, at the
List preceding general election.
Alio. Held Deficient.
The court -held not only that the
vhase w ith respect to payment of cx
iirnscs from the revenue fund of coun
ties was unconstitutional, but that the
it t was likewise deficient in that It
in o Idcd only for the nomination of one
' l- tor from each congressional dls
trot, whereas the state is required to
I. 'i t at the general election, a number
-qual to its whole number of senators
and representatives In congress.
The illusion of the court today was
tendered in the case of 11 K. Marrast
et al. vs Paul Waples et al., from Gal-H
teuton, and sustains the decision of the
1 mocratic executive committee In an
nouncing that It would disregard the
provisions of the statute In the coming
MAIN STREET TRACKS MAY j
BfcMUVtU 1UMKLL1 LLNltK
Tt is probable that the Galveston.
llarilsburg and San Antonio railroad
111 be asked to move Its tracks to the
enter of Main street, between Mesa
. venue and San Francisco street, by the
ntv council Thursday morning.
Property owners along the north side
of the street have asked the council
to take some action. It being claimed
th.it the tracks are so laid as to leave
too little space on tho north side for
It is likely that the railroad will be
axked to remove some cross rails that
bave been laid between their east and
w t st tracks and the sidewalk.
The council will also conduct a hear
ng Thursday morning on the matter of
the Alameda avenue paving. The pres-
nt width of the sidewalks, with park
ing, is 14 feet Some of the property
owners have asked that the sidewalk
he made JO feet In width to Increase the
width of the avenue.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB PLANS TO
ENDORSE SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Candidates for tho school board will
bo endorwd by the County and City
III moi ratlc flub Friday night.
Three candidates have announced
for the places on the school board.
They are S ott 'White. J C. Worthlng
ton and W IX Mayfield. It is prob
able that the club will endorse these
Plana for getting out the vote for
the si hool election and for the July
primaries will also be discussed.
FIRE BURNS FRAME HOUSE;
OCCUPANTS MAKE ESCAPE
Fire of unknown origin destroyed a
one room frame addition to a reel
dence at 1202 Bast Missouri street
early Tuesday morning.
The fire was discovered by Mrs. S.
.T. llarkell, who was asleep in the ad
dition at the time. An alarm was
turned in to the Central and Mesa de
partments, and the main building was
saved by the firemen, the only damage
done being the destruction of the
CARNIVAL SHOWS ORDERED
TO MOVE FROM OVERLAND
Upon the request of the school board,
Campbell's Carnival, at Durango
and Overland streets, has been ordered
by the city to remove Its shows from
Overland street and oonf'.ne Its attrac
tions to the vacant property in the
The shows are located opposite the
Franklin school and the principal of
the school recently complained to the
school board that the show was Inter
fering with the school.
Imagine Gen. Pershing
PERSHING'S WIRELESS IS WORKING
TWO OEI II
Property Loss, as Result of Night Blaze Runs Into Mil
lions; Food Supply is Short and Problem of Feeding
Population Causes Worry;. Heart of Business Sec
tion and 1500 to 2000
PAItlS, Texas. March 22. k con
servative estimate of the number
of people made homeless by Tues
day night's fire in the business and
residence district here was 8000, made
today by major KU. McCuiston. Al
though the city is almost without food
there was apparently little suffering
and a good natured, though dazed view
was taken of the disaster 1 a ma
jority of the citizens.
The fire, which started late In the
afternoon, wiped out about the entire
business district, destroyed from 1500
to 2000 homes and caused a loss esti
mated at from $2,600,000 to $3,500,000,
About one third of the city was un
touched by the flames
.Still Ilurnlng lit Dunn
Fires were still burning In some sec-
tlons at daybreak.
Brick walls, blackened by smoke,
and extending Into the air five and
six stories, were being razed by dyna
mite with a safety zone roped off,
that passers by might not be en
dangered by falling walls. The work
of dynamiting the buildings com
menced early today. One by one the
buildings, which cost from $100,000 to
$200,000. already gutted by the flames,
tumbled with a roar to add to the
debris In the streets.
"Wind Fanned Fire.
Large residences in the fashionable
part of tho city, smaller houses In
the factory and small districts, and
substantial brick buildings were razed
by the fire whiih was fanned by a
brisk south wind
This section- has been without rain
for more than 50 dajs and the frame
buildings were quirklv destroyed.
The Paris fire department was pow-
Heavy Damage Done In
That State by Severe
Chicago. Ill, March 22. Northeast
gales bearing rain, sleet, hall and snow,
accompanied by frequent lightning
flashes, swept over eastern Indiana.
Sorthcrn Illinois and so 'them Wiscon
The storm which was of unusual vio
lence cost one life, caused many in
juries and great property damage. In
Logansport buIIdlngB were unroofed
and the flying wrecage caused the only"
fatality reported. Several Illinois cities
suffered severely. Chicago sustained all
the ill effects of a blizzard except low
I tail road transportation was delayed
and street cars were held up
Before 9 a. m.. the storm abated and
hundreds of men began the work of re-
moving the snow from the streets.
DOUGLAS BUILDING PERMITS
FOR 1915 TOTAL $316,000
Douglas. Ariz.. March 22. The rapid
growth of Douglas is well shown by
tho fact that the building permits for
1016 totaled J31C.000. as shown by
figures compiled by the chamber of
commerce and mines t omparative
statistics also show that this total of
permits, for a town or 16.000. is greater
than that of a number of towns of as
high as 40.000 population.
BILL TO DOUBLE CADETS
AT WEST POINT IS PASSED
Washington, D. C, March 22. The
senate today discussed the Chamber
lain hill to double the number of cadets
in the West Point military academy.
The War At a Glance
THE battle for Verdun, now
well In its fourth week, con
tinues with Intensity, but at
present the Infantry Is held In the
leash while the big guns prepare
for further assaults.
The powerful German thrust west
of the Meuse, which developed ear
ly this week, halted when it
reached the southern edge of Avo
court wood, but the activity of
the German artillery on the sector,
which was today particularly vio
lent. Indicated a German Intention
probably to make determined at
tempts to advance this flanking
Tho advance on the eastern bank
of the Meuse Is unchanged, but
here too. the artillery fire contin
ues Intense, particularly near Vaux
Russian warships are reported
active in the Black Sea, where the
7000 ton Turkish steamer Espe
ranza. said to have been loaded
with foodstuffs, was said to have
been sunk off the Rumanian coast,
according to advices from Bucha
rest Sinking a score of small
sailing ships also is reported
T T I
IIS, TEX., FHE
erless to stop the onrushlng flames.
Scarcity of water also was an Impedi
ment. Cotton Compress First Ilurn.
Just how the fire started was not
known. A cotton compress, with hun
dreds of bales of cotton, was first con
sumed. The fire then spread to adja
cent residences, built closely together
and of light frame construction. It is
18 blocks from the compress to the
renter of the business district. This
district was laid In ruins in less than
an hour, the fire leaving In its wake
a path from one to three blocks wide.
A total of 27 blocks comprised the
burned area In the residence district.
Telephone Olrl IUsk Life.
Sweeping almost due north, the fire
reached the public square, on which
1 large public buildings face. Among
, these are located the exchanges of the
tun teleffranh comnanles and one tele
phone company. The telephone girls
were forced to flee.
The chief operator of the telephone
company risked her lif to go back
Into the buirning exchange to rescue
the company's books and records.
Smnll Stores Open.
' In the business section there are left
onlv smaller stores on side streets ra
diating from the public square
In these stores Paris business men
opened establishments this morning to
care for the needy Tn one brick build
ing, less than 50 feet wide and about
100 feet long were located a branch of
fice of the telephone company for long
distance ser ice, a temporary telegraph
office, consisting of a key and sounder
placed on a shelf; a hastily constructed
apothecary shop, and on the ether side
a small store of dry goods nnfl clotfaft&e,
(Continues on pace 5, Col. 2)
The United States Cruiser
Brooklyn Will Convoy the
Cormorant From Guam.
Washington. D. C, March 22. The
United States cruiser Brooklyn, which
sailed from Manila last Thursday is due
to arrive at Guam, Samoan Islands, to
dny from which port, it Is understood,
she will convoy to San Francisco the
German cruiser' Cormorant which sought
refuge there when she was pursued by
a Japanese warship some months ago.
The Brooklyn left Manila under sealed
orders and her destination had been the
subject of more or less conjecture.
During the flight the Cormorant's
crew tore up the wooden dock floors for
fuel and the exposed iron radiated so
much heat that several of them devel
oped symptoms of Insanity.
Cormorant had interned at Guam it be-
came apparent that the extreme tropical
heat and necessary restrictions imposed
made living conditions aboard the ves
sel unsatisfactory for the crew.
As a result, it was decided by the
naval authorities to bring the Cormo
rant and her crew to the United States.
AUSTRIANS HAVE LEFT
CZERNOWITZ, IS REPORT
London, ling., March 22. Abandon
ment of Crernowitz, capital of Buko
wina, by tho Austrians. is reported in
an unofficial w ireless dispatch received
here today from Home.
IIINT.ll: KH1" llll.I.ION
Ml AT OM'Il. IS tl.AlM
London. Eng., March 22. Commenting
on the apparent failure of the Derby rt
cruiting plan, the Times' military ex
pert declaree Great Britain needs 1.400.
000 men quickly, for, he says, the height
of the war will be reached in the next
Ttitivs, iivicirvri; i:h.iji:,
FOKTI1K1K or ASIV MINOR
London, Kng., March 22 A Bucharest
dispatch forwarded by Amsterdam to
the Central News says the" Turks have
evacuated Brzlnjan, a fortress of Asia
Minor, 120 -miles west of Erzerum.
Ht'iM.!l MAKi: ISO GII.N
l.N imivi; agaivst c;i:iiiia's
Berlin, Germany, March 22 The
Russians luue gained no success in
their great extended offensive against
the German llneB, the war office an
rmcBTO. nioF. aons to win.
New York, March 22. Norman Kemp
Smith, professor of philosophy at
Princeton university, sailed for Eng
land Tuesday aboard the steamship
Noordam of the Holland American line
with the avowed intention of joining
a Scottish regiment and going to the
front to fight for Great Britain.
IJEIIATB ON HAY AKMV IIII.T.
coitimjiis" i this Jiousi:
Washington, D. C, March 22. Debate
on the Hay army Increase bill was
continued In the house today with thi
possibility of its passage before night
Although this was "calendar Wednes
day" the day was set aside to allow
uninterrupted consideration of the
Worrying About the Wire From Washington
Mexican Wires Down South
Of Juarez; No News Of
Battle With Villa.
TO BANDIT BAND
American Troops Believed to
Be in Immediate Vicinity
COLUMBUS. N. If.. March 2. Wire
less communication with the ad
vance base with the American ex
peditionary force at Casas Grandes was
restored todaj. Several messages, all
In code, were received, but none gave
word of the two missing lieutenants of
the army aero corps. Search for the
missing men was continued today.
Ii PASO, since the announcement of
battle In progress on Monday
evening between the Yilhstas and
Carrancistas at Namlquipa has been on
the alert to learn whether or not the
American troops forming the column
under CoL G. A. Dodd were anywhere
near Namlquipa when the engagement
is supposed to have occurred; and if he
was near, what part that Intrepid colo
nol and his command may have had in
If there have been any developments
of an adverse character against the
Carrancistas. that fa has not been
permitted to reach, the American side.
If there bad been JWiyceejs, It is cer
tain that It W0uld-.hjp.ben heralded
immediately throiigfctfle Mexican con
sulate and that it would have solved
automatically a tedious international
Villa -Hemmed Up."
It Is known that by now they ai e
somewhere near the scene of the re
ported battle, for it has been several
dps since the column of CoL Dodd left
Cawas Grandes for the Galeana valley.
Mormons acquainted with the coun
try south of Casas Grandes say that
the rerahlng column should have been
able to reach Bavlcora last night, in
which event they are able to head Villa
off from a retreat over the 'Bavlcora
trail towards Madera. With the Dodd
column north of Villa, he Is hemmed
in completely It the Carrancistas are
in sufficient strength about Namlquipa
to prevent Villa, breaking through that
section towards Guerrero. V.
1'erNhIng Close to A'llla.
That Gen. Pershing and some of bis
forces are close upon Villa is certain.
The hurried departure of the aeroplanes
from Columbus, during which flight
two of the machines disappeared, clear
ly Indicates that a time has come in the
campaign where the "sk eyes" are
necessary. Nor has word come through
the stiff censorship in Juarez or in Co
lumbus to reveal whether or not the
crescent supposedly shutting In tho
bandit leader from the south has been
strong enough to withstand Villa's cun
ning and craft.
The 6:30 a. m. K. P. & S. W train
from tne nortn w eunestlav Droueht in
one member of the quartermaster qorps
wno nau oeen summoned immediately
to Columbus, while two members of the
12th cavalry also came down from St.
Louis with instructions to report at
Hachita, N. M As part of the 12th Is
still at Columbus, the Inference is that
another column may follow the wake
of the Seventh and Tenth cavalries
from Highlonesome, over tho same
route followed by Col. Dodd.
So tlgbtlv drawn is the news censor
ship, so little probability Is there of one
correspondent developing a news chanp
nel not equally open to another, that
regularly at 10 oclock and 3 oclock each
day the Mexican consulate Is visited by
the press correspondents who have not
been included In the list to go to the
Expecting some report from tho
Namlquipa engagement, a group of
these corespondents wore at the con
sulate Wednesday at daybreak. Consul
Garcia arrived at 9 oclock, assured
them there was nothing new, and at
0.30 entered a waiting automobile and
crossed to Juarez for his morning con
ference with Gen. Gavlra. It was .said
In Juarez that the wires are, still down'
somewhere south of Guzman.
Villa "Mut Stay Xenr J'uud.
"Villa will not leaic the country
where he Is now said to be," said a
business man of Chihuahua, Wednes
day. "He never carries with him so
much as a day's supply of food and de
pends entirely upon forays. To go up
Into the mountains for any time would
mean starvation, so I am confident that
he will operate along the fertile valleys
around Namlquipa, Bachinlvt and as far
west as Bablcora.
"The valleys thereabouts are all nar
row and in less than two hours he could
get up Into the mountains and elude
capture. That either American or Mexi
can troops should bo near him Is not
surprising. He might elude both for a
long while and never leave the zone
where he Is now operating.
"I have never speculated upon what
complexion the airplanes would give to
the pursuit If anything, It would tend
td break the Vtlllstas up Into small
groups, to avoid detection. I can con
ceive that the flight of the airships
would have a greater moral effect upon
tio- Villistas than that they could, in
themselves, impose any physical suffer
ing In fact It would do much toward
putting the fear of God Into tho hearts
of the Villistas, and which few of them
have It any longer."
New Koads Necessary in Places to- Enable the Motor
Trucks to Take Supplies South to Pershing; Body of
McKinney, Victim of Villa at Boca Grande, is
Recovered; Fine Work of Infantry on March.
ON line of march of American
army, Mexico, March 22, Via
courier to Columbus, N. M.. Mar.
22. The trail along which Pancho Villa
retreated from Columbus, less than
two weks ago. Is today a broad, well
worn highway, visible at some points
for miles as it winds over and around
the hills In northern Chihuahua. The
road Is an evidence of the efficiency of
the American army, which. In a week's
time, has converted the trail across a
semi-dMiert into a military road, the
main artery for supplies to Gen. J. J.
Pershing's punitive column.
This new road is not an Ideal high,
way. but it serves the purpose. The
big grey auto trucks which carry the
supplies by the ton, have cut ruts so
deeply In the bottomless sand and
gravel that at some places there is no
longer clearance for the axles, and
parallel roads have been laid out along
side the old trail.
Great Cloud Of Dust.
At intervals of a few miles each, all
day. can be seen what appear to be
huge clouds of grey smoke. These
mark the positions of the moving sup
ply trains, or cavalry patrols, squads of
signal corps men or military automo
biles. On the individual initiative and
skill Of the American soldier and his
officers depends the success of moving
supplies over these Mexican roads.
Motorcycle dispatch riders aid their
machines by vigorous use of their legs.
As the motorcycles plunge into the ruts,
or dip into sand piles, their riders
All Dispatches Say Carranza
Troops Cooperating; Pro
tocol Being Prepared.
Washington. D. C March 22. Latest
official advices from the American ex
pedition in Mexico say that Brig. Gen.
Pershing and his men are close to Villa
and his bandits. All dispatches told of
the cooperation of the Carranza soldiers
in the bandit chase.
Despite unofficial reports of unset
tled conditions in the Interior of Mex
ico and along the border, secretary Ba
ker said although the situation was
fraught with many possibilities, to
date there had been no unfavorable de
More Troops Coming to Border. j
In response .to a request from Gent
Funston, additional troops are being
sent to the border. The Fifth cavalrji
squadrons at Fort Meyer. Va., Fort
Sheridan, 111., and Fort Leavenworth,
Kas.. nnd the 21th Infantry, at Fort D.
A. Russell. Wyo., were under orders to
start south today.
In official circles It was said today
that the protocol proposed by Gen. Car
ranza to govern the pursuit of Villa by
the international forces, will undoubt
edly be In force within, a few days..
Would Ilrnew Agreement.
This protocol, according to Tuesday's
Mexico City advices, will be practically
a repetition of the agreement of 1882,
between the United States and Mexico,
for tbn joint pursuit of savage Indians,
the chief difference being that the word
"bandits" will likely be substituted for
"Indians." The agreement would, re
strict the limits of search, prevent tho
occupation of towns, and obligate the
Invading party to return to its own
countr as soon as possible after the
purpose of the expedition has been defi
nitely accomplished or had failed.
SHERMAN RESOLUTION ASKS
CALL FOR 50,000 VOLUNTEERS
Washington, D. C. March 22. Sen
ator Sherman of Illinois today Intro
duced a resolution to authorize and
direct the president to call at onco for
50 000 volunteers for service In Mexico.
Under the rules it lies on the table un
"1 am apprehensive that congress
does not fully appreciate conditions on
the Mexican border and In Mexico."
said senator Sherman. "We have a few
thousand American soldiers with their
officers in Mexico. They will soon be
hundreds fo miles from our boundary.
The railwas of Mexico are demoralized
in service and equipment Tracks and
bridges are easily destroyed. Tho
communications of the forces In pursuit
of Villa may be cut at any hour. In
caso of an emergency, what military
strength can be mobilized promptly for
tho support or protection or our far
distant line advancing Into unknown
HUNDREDS VOLUNTEER TO
MAN U. S. MOTOR TRUCKS
Detroit, Mich, March 22. When a call
was made at an automobile plant here
Tuesday for volunteers to man 27 au
tomobile trucks for United States army
service In Mexico, there was almost a
riot Hundreds rushed forward to en
list Thirty men were selected and they
are today on their way to the front
with their troops.
PERSIC CLOSE !
T VILLA NO!
stick out a leg on each side as a prop,
choke the engine, and as the machine
topples inevitably to one side or the
other, they glvo a kick with whichever
foot comes moat handy to straighten
up the machino and then go roaring
McKlnney'n Body Uncovered.
The great plains and the mountains
bordering the road are mostly deserted
of every sign of life. But occasionally
on a distant hill a signal flag wig
wagging shows where an American
lookout is on the watch. Marching or
riding, the troops find much of the
Toad uncomfortable for travel, because
the mountain winds drive the sand Into
the men's faces with a sting as sharp
as winter sleet.
The body of II. J. McKinney, the
American ranchman killed by Villa on
the Mexican side of the border the
night before the Columbus raid, has
been found by American troops. It was
near tho Boca Grande. McKinney had
been hanged, and his clothing was
ripped where he had been repeatedly
Infantry' Good Work.
While the celebrated ride of the
Vmerlcan cavalrymen 110 miles in 42
hours' marching time was heralded
throughout the United States, the work
of the Infantry swinging In behind the
cavalry went unnoticed. One command t
carrying full Infantry- equipment and
packs of about 4& pounds marched 26
miles In about eight hours. This was
over rocky roads covered with volcanic
stone or else in places 'Where the dust
drifted oici tlicrn like heavy fop
May Use North Western;
Train Crews, Listed, Lo
Active preparations continue to be
made in El Paso for sending troops
Into western Chihuahua through Juarez
and over the Mexico North Western
railroad. Although no consent has yet
been given for the use of this railroad
Bne southwest of Juarez, the army of
ficers are showing unsual activity In
preparing everything for such a move
ment. Conductors, engineers, firemen,
brakemen and other trainmen are be
ing listed and the order Is that only
Americans are to be employed for this
purpose.- All of the equipment in Kl
Paso, including the locomotives in the
Southwestern railroad yards, have
been oarcfully Inspected and listed and
he army, is now said to know exactly
how many trains can be moved and
where the crews for these trains can
be called night o: day.
Ilaie In Kl I'nuo.
The quartermaster corps is espec
ially active and Is making plans for
establishing a .base in Kl Paso larger
than that now being established at
Columbus. The local railroad men are
cooperating with the army In getting
equipment, crews and locomotives and
It was stated Wednesday that every
thing will be ready to move within 24
One officer stated that these activi
ties were only preparations to send
commissary and quartermaster corps
supplies Into the column now in the
field over the Mexico North Western
railroad and that no troops would be
sent through this port
FOURTH FIELD BATTERY
GOES TO BROWNSVILLE
Brownsville. Texas, March 22. Bat
tery D, Fourth field artillery, which has
been on duty near Mercedes since last
August, today prepared for a 40 mile
march to Fort Brown, at Brownsville,
In response to orders Issued b Gen.
Funston The battery is expected to
reach here Thursday night.
First News of the
Troop Entry to Mexico
From Dcmiiij; (X. M.) Headlight.
THK first news of the entry of United States troops iuto Meu-o wsii
Hashed to the waiting world from the Denting telegraph onue on
Wednesday after Ralph A. Lynd, associate editor of the Dcmuir
Headlight, had made a flyinp trip to the border and back. Starting from
Peming 'Wednesday morning llr. Lynd motored to Columbus and dug up the
details of the troop movements that were contemplated, and as soon as be
had seen the column start on the trail that is to lead them to Pancho
Villa's hiding place, he hurried back to Deming and shot the news in to tho
Associated Press at El Paso.
THE EL PASO HERALD was the first paper to hae tie news on the
streets, beating itsnext rival by hours, and the representatives of the big
Xew York and Chicago dailies, who were cooped up in tolumbns unable
to get a message over the wires, were at least an hour behind Mr. Lvnl
in getting their stories through and appraising their papers of the latest
events in the making of history in the southwest.
Eery paper in the country that carries the m nt. .1 Press senicc
gme llr. Lynii's telegram the place at the head of the war n.sws.
No Clash With Villa Re-
ported; Outcome of Nami-
quipa Fight Unknown.
ONE AVIATOR IS
San 'Antonio Report, How
ever, Indicates Two Others
May Be Still Missing.
CAN ANTONIO. Ter., March ;:
Brig. Gen. J. J. Pershing's troops
" In Mexico are to be increased b
about 2000 men. It was announced to
day at headquarters of the United
States army southern department here
Of the regiments now on their wav v
the border, all but one battalion f
the 24th infantry (negro) will be e
into Mexico. The lone battalion n
be kept on the border for patrol d
Troops of the E"ifHi cavalry and - i h
Infantry are the latest ordered to tt -border.
The dispatch of troops to the i.oril -is
the war department's answer to tl.e
request of Gen. Pershing, through Ma
Hen. Frederick Funston, for rn"rt
troops to keep open the lines of i .
nranteatlon between the border a
forces Jn the field. s
Mystery Amt A viators.
Though an early dlsp.uc h f. 'I .
dicted that one of the missing I it
States airmen had reached I'asas
Grandes and had been sent south on
scout duty; following the columns m
pursuit of Villa, a statement bv Gen.
Funston this afternoon made it appear
he had been Informed that three air
men had been missing, and that two
were still unheard from.
Gen. Funston manifested keen d's
appolntment over the bad start rand''
by the avtators. In the flight tests
here the men had displayed almost
complete control over their machines
end officers here believe It likely thnt
unexpected air conditions in the mo e
elevated district of northern Mexu i
were responsible for the descent of
three out of eight machines.
Only two aviators, Lleuts. Edgar .T
Gorrell and Robert H. Willis. 1r . n l
been previously reported missing i
was not known to which of tr-es
either, the report from Casas Orn I
of an aviator's arrival, referred.
Villa Mndes Pursuers.
Pancho Villa may have eluded i
his American and Mexican pursue
army officers here today believed, on
Ing to the absence of any statement i
Gen. Pershing's report today that a- v
columns had come into contact wit a
the elusive bandit chiertain. No word
of the outcome of the Namlquipa battl"
between Villa dud Carranza troops was
received. Gen. Pershing's report todav
was merely relative to routine matters
connected with the pursuit of Villa.
No time will bo lost In the dispat. H
of the 24th infantry and the Fifth
cavalry. Both should reach Columbus
Befoer the end of the week and It in
the Intention of Gen. Funston to send
them forward inunediaetlv.
Gen. Frederick Funston asked t
war department Tuesday for mote
troops to send Into Mexico only aft r
long consideration of the advisability
of continuing the operations against
Francisco Villa with the forces pot
commanded hy Gen. Pershing G-
Pershing suggested that another res -ment
be sent to him and den. Funst'
aksed the department for what h
characterized as an adequate force.
Fifty Cnrnlry Coming.
It was announced at Gen. Funston a
headquarters, that the Fifth caval -.
of which one squadron Is at F' ' t
Myer. Va., another nt Fort Leaver -worth,
Kas.. and the third it F'
Sheridan. Ills., would !" brought to the
border at once and cnt forward alot ,
(Continued on page 2. Col. 2.)
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