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    The Omaha Sunday
W. C. Robinson. Noted Flyer and
Inventor, Meeti Death at Ewart,
Near Or inn ell, and Ma-
chine Wrecked.
Birdman Reported to Have Been
Victim of Explosion of the
GRIN'NELL, la., March 11. W.
C. Roblngon, one of the most promi
nent aviators and inventors of avia
tion appliances la the United States,
fell and was killed near Ewart, la.,
shortly before 5 o'clock today. Ewart
Is ten miles from here and details
of the accident are not yet available.
Robinson left Grinnell shortly
after noon. He had told friends here
that he intended to try for an alti
tude record and wanted to test a new
stabilizing device he had been work
ing on at his factory here. He took
with him instruments with which to
register the height reached.
Reports reaching here from Ewart
said the machine was demolished
and indications were that Robinson
died as the result of an engine ex
plosion rather than from the effects
of the fall. ,
Reports that he had fallen into a
crowd of spectators were denied.
Train Employes
Nearly Unanimous
for New Wage Scale
CHICAGO. March 11. It was unoffi
cially reported today that 98 per cent of
tho locomotive engineers, firemen and
conductors and trainmen employed on all
the railroads of tho country had voted In
favor of demanding an clpht-hour day.
with time and one-half for overtime. The
tabulation of the referendum vote of the
men waa .completed here today and the
chiefs of the four' brotherhoods of rail
way train service employes, who have
been in session here for nearly a week,
adjourned. - -
Warren S. Stone, grand chief of the
BrotherhoocomoUve Engineers,
said no detailed figures on the result of
the Yst would be given out.
ALLIANCE. Neb., March 11. (Special.)
Tho anunl election of a board of direc
tors of tho Alliance Commercial club was
held In the opera house last night, fol
lowed by a banquet for which 10 Plates
were laid. Ex-Govcrnor It. A. Buchtet of
Colorado' was the principal speaker of
the evening and he dwelt at some length
h. nnnortunlties which the west and
particularly western Nebraska and Colo
rado offered the farmer. He compared
tho record-breaking crops of the last
. . 1. 1 - (ar tnrv ana in i n'
year in 11110 ...... .
. A - f.rtnlmm nrices.
wnere unu ....
Secretary Fisher of the tommtn...
. . a. U v f Ii A
in ma unnuHi t-vuiv w
rogress made by the ciud au i
lart year, the many -
,nce has benefited by the club and a
short outline of the work proposed for the
coming year.
The following directors were flcc
who at their meeting next week will elect
a president, acrtary and traaurer: J. U
Guthrie. C. A. Newberry. B. P. Mallery.
8. 'A. Thompson. B. J. Ballows Percy
Cogswell. J. O. Dole.F W. Harris and
U II. Highland. '
(From a staff Correspondent.)
1.IN.COJ-N. March 11. (Special.) C. A.
Polk, a prominent attorney of Lincoln
and for many years a resident or Platts
mouth. and well known In Omaha, died
this morning at his home In this city of
kidney trouble.
The funeral will be held Mbnday and
the burial will be In Wyuka cemetery,
near this city.
WASHINGTON. March ll.-The senate
forelen relation committee today unonl
ssa.ouslv endorsed the action of the presi
dent In sending American troops to Mex
ico to capture Villa and his marauders.
The Weather
Trniprnlarri at
5 a. m
o p.
6 p.
7 p.
ipsrsttif bonl Itecorrt.
Official recoid of temperature and pre
cipitaiion compared with the last three
191 1? 13U 1911
Highest yesterday ti 31 37 . IA
lowest jesterdsy 24 iii Is
Mean temperature 4.' '.
Precipitation ') .0
Temperature and precipitation
turn trom the normal:
JX 40
.00 .00
Normal temiwin' ui e ' i3
lces lor me aay I
rotal deficiency since .March 1
Normal pr ipllntion hu h
Ivficlency lor me aay 04 n'"
Totpl raliifiill sine March 1.. .1 Inch
rieficlency since XI arch 1 35 Inch
Kaceaa for cor. period, 1S1.V... 1.14 inches
lelicien"'y for eor. period, 1S14.. .4.1 inch
1 A. WEIH. thecal Forecaster.
llnniT.oinK "florV Clin.
as w a nvginu Asia ra -jaasf v
of Barley from New W-
Havre, ii Sunk."''"
PARIS, March 11. Seven of the
crew of the Norwegian bark Stilus,
which was torpedoed and sunk yes
terday, were Americans. The Sillus
left New York February 4 for Havre.
The Petit Farislen says that one
of the Americans on the Sillus was
Injured seriously in his legs and was
taken to the Pasteur hospital. He
Is John Hartmann, 18 years old.
The Sillus was a I.VMon three-master,
formerly the British bi.rk Helly.
It Is reported that Csptnln Fyvertsen
of the Sillus whs drowned and two sail
ors sre mlslng. The rest of the crew
was saved.
Only Four American, Ways Aareat.
NEW YORK, March U.-There were
only four Americans aboard the Stilus,
according to agents :1 the line here, and
they were members of the crew. It car
ried no passengers.
The Americans were: David Sherman
fit Bedford. Mass.; John Warbman of
Philadelphia, Daniel Noran of Connecti
cut and Henry Monahan of Boston.
The bark, which was commanded by
Captain A. B. Syvertsen. sailed from
New York February 4 for Havre with a
cargo of 2,300 tons of barley shipped from
San Francisco.
The local agents said the Sillus" crew
numbered seventeen iren.
State Department olflrd.
WASHINGTON. March U.-Cbnsul Oe-
borne at Havre, reported today that when
the Norwegian bark Sillus from New York
to Havre was torpedoed without warning
in Havre roads on the night of March 9,
seven Americans aboard were rescued
The loss of the Sllius was first reported
last night from London. Three members
of the crew were reporter! lost.
State department officials seemed in
clined to Mew the attack on the Sllius as
a serious affair.
So far dispatches to the State depart
ment simply have said the vessel was
torpedoed without warning. No mention
was made of the nationality of the sub
marine, and there was nothing to Indi
cate whether a torpedo actually was re
sponsible for the sinking of .the wssel or
whether It might have struck a mine.
If the Sllius was torpedoed, such an at
tack waa contrary to the assurances the
United States has secured from the cen
tral powers.
Secretary Lansing said no action would
be taken until the State department had
full information. '
Portuguese Cabinet. ,,,,
Is Succeeded by -k
Defense Ministry
-LISBON. March il.-ViaariTj-The
Portuguese cabinet has resigned to give
place to k national defense government
which is now being formed. t In Parlia
ment yesterday Dr. Augusto Squires, for
eign minister of the ret.Ting cabinet, read
tho notes exchanged between Gorman J
and Portugal a.nn also a note from Great
Britain rcquesCng the Portugese go-ern-mnt.
In view of the alliance between
these nations, to etlto German ships In
Portugese ports.
Tranquillity prevails throughout the
country.' ' '
After a lengthy Interview with the
Portuguese secretary for foreign affairs,
Herr Tftosen.Mhn German minister to
Portugal, Ii ft hero yesterday on a special
train for Madrid, accompanied by tfce
ether members of the German legation.
Their departure was not marked by any
incident. '
Parliament has been summoned to meet
In special session tomorrow. The news
papers have been forbidden to print any
news of a military character.
Eight Hundred ;
Thousand French
Soldiers Killed
BERLIN, March 11. (By Wireless to
Bayvllle.) Aocordins; to confidential state
ments made by the French minister of
war, General Oallienl, at the military
conference, says a dispatch from Amster
dam to the Overseas News agency, the
French casualties up to March 1, 1316,
amounted to MO.uOu dead and 1,4(10,000
wounded. Among the latter, the dlspatoh
adds, 4(,nno were severely wounded. In
addition 300,000 men were missing.
The total losses of the French, Oeneral
Galllenl's stutemcm shows, continues the
Overseas News agency, has reached Z,V0,
0X. while the British up to tho present
have lost 600,000.
Great Ice Gorge
Reaches Yankton
YANKTON. S. P.. March 11. (Special
Telegram.) Tho great ice gorge has
reached Yankton and is being constantly
added to by a heavy flow of Ice
frtm up the river. Water remains high,
with only a drop of one inch in twenty
four hours. The river Is rising at Fuller
vine and east cf there. The situation is
well in hand still and all families aa
rounto'i for, notwithstanding some sen
sational reports. Many famines that have refuge In Yaiiktoa make dally trips
to their farms by boat and report nly
much greater rise will endanger their
NEW YORK. March H The Mexican
government has Imposed a censorship on
all telegraph and cable messages from
the t'nitfd Mates into Mexico, it waa an
nounttd today by the Western I'nlon and
.Mexican TUegraph companies. The only
land messages which the Mexican gov
ernment will receive must be. routed
through El 1'aso and be written in Eng
lish or Spanish.
1 his Information was conveyed by the authorities in Mexico City
to t;ie Mexican Telegraph company's of
fice here. It was stated.
-dvt irmnoo TTMD
- hi Pi ii Hiinuna Linn
First Chief Suggest! a Joint Work
ing Agreement for the Chase
and Capture of the
Villa Bandits.
Larg-ely Matter of Form, as There is
No Prospect He Could Send a
Single Man.
While American troops are prepar
ing to move across the Mexican bor
der to exterminate the Villa baudits,
General Carranza, in an official
communication delivered through
Consul Billiman, has asked the
l'nlted States for permission to send
his troops into American territory
if necessary in pursu't of outlaws.
Administration officials regard
General Carranza's proposal as
favorable. It seems to Indicate that
he will not protest against American
troops on Mexican soil, as has been
feared. Practically such a recipro
cal arrangement probably would
never result in a single Carrania sol
dier crossing the line, as the possi
bility of bandits taking refuge in
American territory is considered re
mote. ' '
It is realized that such an' 'ar
rangement," however, would go far
to satisfy General Carranza and per
tnit him, to comply with popular sen
timent in Mexico. There was no
indication early today how the pro
posal would, be received.
Mlllman Transmits Note.
Consul Sllllman transmitted the
following communication, dated at
Guadalajara, March 10, which was
handed to him by Jesus Acuna, Car
ranza's minister for foreign affairs.
It is a' reply to: the American gov
ernment's representations for per
m'sBlon to pursue the Villa bandits
with armed forces: ' " .. !
"In. due reply .to your courteous Bote
dated yesterday and transmitted today
through Mr. John V, - Belt tftHman's
secretary!, I have, the honor' io Inform
you that having brought tho above note
to the attention of the first rhfVf of the
constitutionalist army and depository .of.
the - executive power of Mexlcd7 he tin.
directed to y to you, to the end
that you Ami r In turn, transmit it to the
i '-" - v ' i
(Continued tin Paire' Two, Column Two.)
Carranza Men Rope ;
. Animals and Pull ;
v Them Across Line
' ". ;
DOUukAS, Aris.,' March H.-Mllltary
authorities hers who Investigated tho raid
on Ameflcanx ranches south of Osborn
Junction, t'Aris., ; tOnUrht, stated that "a
command ' of , Carransa soldiers, who had
been drinking-, roped cattle and horses le
lonsins; to American ranchers."
When 'they were unable to dras; the
live stock . across the border linn, they
shot the animals, tho report stated. No
Mexicans creased the border. It was said.
The military version of the raid near
Osborp Junction follows:
'A command of Carransa soldiers, who
had been drinkms; lieavlly, were en
camped for the night near Osborn, while
marching- from Naeo. Son or a. to A sua
Prleta, Bonora. 'They amused themselves
by roping- cattle and horses belonging to
the American ranchers, whose property
extended both sides of the international
"Several horses and rattle, ranging in
Arlsona were roped and dragged across
the border. Other live stock' which waa
hoped and which the soldiers were un
able to art across the border, waa shot
on Arlsona soli. .The -Jexlcans did not
cross the line themselves.
"Three ranchers, named KcWout, Rohm
faulk and Collins, were said to have
been fired up and had narrow escapes,
but none were Injured."
Thirteen American
Ships on Blacklist
Of Great Britain
LONDON. March ll.-The latest black
list of neutral shipping prescribed to
ltrttloh charterers by the trade division
of the admiralty on tho charge that they
either represent Teutonic caplUI or have
Indulged In unneutral actlvitiA, contains
the names of 125 ships and Includes thir
teen vessels flying the American flag.
The bulk of the American vessels on
the blacklist still is represented by boats
owned by the American Transatlantic
company, of which Richard Q. Wagner
of Milwaukee, Wis.. Is president, the
ships of that company barred numbering
eleven. The only Americans additional
to the Hat are the schooner Edgar W.
Murdock, owned by Carleton, Norwood 4
Co. of Rockport, Me., and the steamship
Maverick, owned by J. F. Craig of Kan
Villa Collects 10,000
Pesos from Germans
TORREON. Mexico, March 11 Ten
VUla tfenerala In command of only 1W
men raided San Juan Guadalupe In Za
catecas and captured a German named
Weiner, whom they held for ransom at
lo.afjO pesos. His compatriots here ralsel
the money for his release.
As xn ss Wolner was freed General
Oonsalca. In command of the Curranx.t
troops, sent a brigade under General
Ellsondo, in pursuit. Three Villa men
were killed In a running fight. All train
arriving hero are protected by military
Germans Make Some Progress Along
the Slopes Leading to This
PARIS, March 11. There Is still
violent fighting for the possession
of the fort at Vaui, according to an
nouncement of the French var office
rtMf'ttfrn66n. -KThtn3ermans
have Wade progress
a'.ong the scopes leading to thin posi
tion, but they have not yet reached
the 'barbed wire entanglements In
front of the fort. V :
The Germans hold some bouses
in the eastern part of tho village of
Vaux, while the French are still in
possession of the western part of the
Freaek Position Captured.
BKItLilN. March ll.-r(yia London.)
Capture of French losltlona 1,40 yards
wide and about two-thirds of a mile deep,
south of Vllle-Aux-Bols, nesr Khelms, was
announced today by the war office.
Major Tompkins
Is Given Credit for
Bandits' Repulse
COIA'MRL'B. N. M-, March ll.-Tele-graina
from army officials and prominent
civilians throughout the country pourod
In today upon Colonel Horace J. Slocum,
commanding the Thirteenth cavalry
commending highly his exploit when with
tno men he drove Villa's raiders out of
Columbus Thursday. Some of the tele
grams referred to the battle as an Inci
dent that cut the "gordlan knot" of the
Mexican problem.
Most of them expressed thn hope that
he would be madn a brlnadler genera
and bo given command of the force to
lie ert into Mexico to get Villa dead or
Colonel Slocum, howeier, was disposed
to Klve all the credit to the officers and
mm of the Thirteenth.
Major Frank Tompkins, who with four
skcletcn trnop.i, chased Villa several
miles Into Mexico, Is about to be trans
ferred to Fort ltlley and 1ms asked to be
allowed to go with the expedition In pur
suit of Villa. In a highly commenda
tory telegram. Colonel Slocum urged the
Wnr department to grant the request.
He told how Tompkins force broke up
evry formation Vllln made to check the
pursuit and particularly how Tompkins,
with tnlrty-flve men under Captain Itu.
dolph Simper, out In advance, terrlfl.-d
and drove In a Mexican rear guard of
more than 300 men before Villa ordered
out an overwhelming force ami chocked
the Ameiican advance.
"If we had had another troop or two,"
Colonel Slocum said, "we would be In
Mexico yet. The regiment behaved beautifully."
Captured Villa Bandits Will Be
Tried on the Charge of Murder
COLCMBI S, N. M.. March II. Seven
wounded VIMa soldiers captured by Col
onel II. J. Slocum'a troopers of the Thir
teenth l'nlted States cavalry In Thurs
day's battle here will be charged with
murder for killing of the seven Amir
lean soldiers slain In the fight according
to an announcement today by E. B. blunt
special agent of the 1 leparlment of Jus
tice. The prisoners lucluilo a boy I yeur
Of age and two officers.
Stone said he would confer to.Uy with
Bummers Hurkhart, l'nlted States dis
trict attorney for New Mexic. anl that
the charges probsbly would name Fran
cisco Villa, tho bandit chief, who led
the raid on Columbus.
Marshaling the Forces of Preparedness
CJiina Passengers
Tell of Seizure of
Germans by Britons
SAN FRANCISCO. Cat., Man h 11. The
American steamer China, from which
thirty-eight men were taken by a Urltlsh
boarding party February IS off the Japa
nese coast, arrived here today.
C. I. Rrown. specisl deputy collector of
the port, acting for Collector J. O. liavls,
summoned Captain F. R. Fraser to bis
office to ninke a report.
Captain Fraser declined to uiaka pub
lie the details of thn boarding of th
Chins, but some of them were supplied
by Mrs. B. Knapp. a .passengef," whtf
said she took stenographlo notes of some
of the. conversation.
. The China -was- stopped with a, Shot
across Its bow from ths British auxiliary
cruiser Laurentle about ten front
the mouth of the Yangtse-Klang anl
boarded by Lieutenants H. Newberry and
Steele and a detail cf five of the Iaur
entlo's crew, accord, ng to Mrs. Knapp,
whose story waa corroborated by otner
The passengers were lined up on ths
deck by ths boarding rarty and each
man was asked if he were a German, ac
cording to Mrs., Knapp, who ' said ths
Germans, Austrlans and Turks were then
segregated. Two of the Germans taken
off, W. F. SchurttoV. a merchant of
Tau. and Richard Webber. left their
wives aboard the China, Mrs. Webber
.with three children. ,
"The women were crying snd sobbing,"
said Mrs. Knapp, "and one of the Urltlsh
officera touched at thn plight of Mrs.
Webber, said to Webber, '(Jot out of here
get below.' "
Webber, said Mrs. Knapp, was head
strong and protested the right ef the
Urltlsh to take off any Germans. 8o
finally he waa removed to the Laurentlc
with lha thirty-seven others.
Look Tin Kit, president of the China
Mall Steamship company, ownera of the
China, was at the dock when the' vessel
arrived, but beyond a comment that "the
cplsodo was a serious one," he had noth
ing to aay. Attaches of the German con
sulate were also at the d ick to rate for
ths twenty-four German women and chil
dren aboard the vessel.
Eighteen Mexicans
Raid Section House
East of Columbus
COLFMni'H, N. M.. March 11. Klghteen
mounted Mexicans are reported having
raided the' home of It. A. Hlankenshlp,
tho section foreman at Malpa, N. M
eighteen miles east of Columbus. The
family. Including two smull rhlldren,
eacaned throiig.i the rear door
rrnulcrl In rairr In the darkness, where
ii..- l..v In the hrosh most of the cold
nuhi Tmln No. H. arrtvlnir about day
light, was flagged snd the family taken
to Kl I'sso.
The sUad Is Ssld have passed south
Into Mexico. 1
Mrs. J. J. Moore, wounded In the raid
on Columbus Thursday, wss reported as
being in a more critical condition totlay.
Her wounds are not lought to be fatal.
Stone sdded It was probable that s.m
Her charges of murder would be filed
agalnKt the prisoners In the state courts
of New Mexico In connection with the
killlni; of nine civilians by the bandit
l'ablo Sanchez, ari-cau-ii while signal
ling Mexicans acioss the bor.ler yester
day and held as a spy. will be chaiged
with alillng an enemy wliil.- on the aui!
of the I'nited Slatea. The nmidir charges
against the Villa soldiiTS, Stone declared
noiilil lie because the raid was carried
out. not by recognised bHUxerenta, but
by bandits whose Irs l-r was a man hi
had been procriled by the do facto gov
ernment of a country with which the
I'nited States waa not at war.
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Bandit Chief Said to Have Reached
that Point with Three Hun-
dred Men.
WASHINGTON, March 11. Lat
est reports of the whereabouts of
General Villa say he reached Aacen
slon, south of Falomas, gome time
yesterday with 30 followers after hla
flight following (he attack on Colunv
bus, This Information reached kerf
today in a message to tme Carransa
embassy from Consul Reaa Qarcla
at El Paso. , , . i .-
Consul (larcla reported that General
Oavlrs, military commander at Juarea,
was Informed of this by General Hertanl
from Pnlomas at 11 p. in. yesterday. Ber
tanl also reported Villa had sixty cas
ualties in the encounter with the Amer
ican troops at Columbus a ad the pursuit
which followed. On the day after the
Columbus battle. Villa avoided an en
counter with the troops of General Ber
tsnl. The American Mormon colonists
are In no danger, he said.
The State department announced re
ceipt of advices to the effect that the
customs officials on the border report
that two additional Americana are miss
ing from a ranch tn New Mexico which
was raided on th night of March 99,
near MTmbres, and about eight miles
west of Columbus.
The raid is not sufficiently Identified
to show whether It has bean previously
reported. The department announced
that It waa not considered safe for Amer
icans to go to the Isthmus of Tehuante
pec General Carransa'a note wilt be answered
after It has been laid before Tresldent
Wilson. The reply of the United States
probably will say to General Carransa
that his suggestion will be considered If
at any time It should become necessary
for hla forces to pursue bandits Into
American territory through the lack of a
sufficient number of American troops to
do the work.
Training Camp Will
Be Transferred
to Indianapolis
CHICAGO. III.. March U.-Fort Benja-1
mln Harrison at Indianapolis has been
selected by the War department aa the
place for the training camp for the cen
tral states next summer and fall Instead
of Fort Sheridan. tThls was made known
I today In an announcement by Colonel D,
J A. Frederick, commander of the depart-
meut. whlrh has headquarters In Chicago.
to the Training Camp association. Colonel
' Frederick said there
ould tie three
ramps lieiii at indienspnus Beginning
July 5 snd ending October 6.
Full Military Honors
To Dead Troopers
'.'iiLL'ltm'B, N. l March 11. With
the entire regiment turned out, military,
honor i wero paid today to the seven
lr.Hr of the Thirteenth cavalry who
Here killed In action Thursday, when
Villa raided Columbus.
Captain S. M. l.utx, regimental char
lain, held services in front of the post
Tho bodies were escorted to the train
by the band and regiment. Aa the train
departed for the east, regimental trumpet
j era sounded taps.
STi'KGIS. S. U., March ll.-t&pecia!
Telegram.) Telegraphic orders were re
celvej last nliiht at Fort Meade for tho
thlid figiiadron. Troop I, K, I., M,
Twelfth cavalry, stathned at that post,
to- pu k and prepare to Icaxe on a
moment s nolle for the Mexican bordtr.
Expedition Which is to Be in Com
mand of a General Not Yet r
Named Will Start in a (
Short Time.
Troops from Other Dirisioni Will Ba
Added to Forces Now Guarding
the Border.
WASHINGTON, March 11. Gen
eral Funston, under orders from
Tresldent Wilson to hunt down Vil
la's bandit army in northern Mexico,
was moving his troops at the border
tonight behind a veil of rigid secrecy.
8 AN ANTONIO, Tex., March 11.
Major General Frederick Funston
announced to day that, while he wiU
have direction of military affair
along the Mexican border, the expe
dition into Mexico will be in charge
of a brigadier general, whose name.
he said, would be given out at
Organization of the expedition
lll not be completed for two of
three days. General Funston said, as
troops from other army division"
than the southern will be added to
the border forces. The general
maintained silence today aa to the
size of the expedition and the point
of entry Into Mexico. The full aero
squadron here will accompany the
Villa Spies Arrested.
COIA'.MRUS. N. M.t March It. The
arrest of aevera! Mexicans suspected or
being Villa spies divided Interest among
civilians here todsy with the preparatlone
of the mllltla for the pursuit of Fran- ,
rlsco Villa and hla bandits. The Amer
ican soldiers, officers and men. In their
preparatory activities displayed an eager'
ness for ths receipt of the order thai
would atsrt them Into Mexico.
Despite the nervousness among civil
ians quiet prevailed In this border district
during ths night, and In practically every
case circulated reports of the appearance
of hostile Mexicans were shown to be
unfounded. Early In the night a Mexi
can refused to obey the command of an
American sentry to hslt.- The Mexleasi
was killed. ' s-"-.
Villa at Hop Grantee.
acuta brought In reports that Vtlta
was at Boo Orandes, twenty-five miles
southwest of here. Other advices stated
thst a large number of Carransa troop
had readied Palomas, supposedly to
assist in the pursuit of Villa
Among the Mexicans arrested for spy
ing was Tablo GonsaleS. When taken ha
wore overalls over a military uniform.
Civil authorities continued plana to
bring charges of murder against cap
tured Mexicans In connection with the
raid on Columbus Thuraday.
Captain Tablo Garcia, the wounded
Villa officer, died here today., Civil
authorities had Included Oarcla among
the Mexicans agaliwt - whom they plan
ned to fila charges of murder as a result
of tho Columbus raid.
Faastva dlvea Fat) Dlsvrotlea.
WASH1NGTO... P. C, March -Instructions
conveying full authority to
General Funston to dispatch a defensive
expedition Into Mexico In pursuit of Villa
and hla bandits are today In General
Funston's hands. Secretary Baker an
nounced that full discretion as to the
number of men to be used end the route
to be followed, has been left with General
Funston ' ' '
Secretary Baker specially referred ta
the expedition as "defensive. In line with
the administration's policy of regarding
Its action as one to repel invasion.
No doflnlts announcement was made at
the War department, but It was generally
understood that Brigadier General John
J. Pershing will command the principal
column of American troops In the pursuit
of Villa. Major General Funston retain
ing command of the general operations,
which, it la expected will Involve the
uso of three or more columna.
The National Capital
Satardar, March 11, 1010.
The Senate.
Foreign relations committee endorsed
President Wilson's action thua far in or
dering troops to Mexico to take the Villa
Continued consideration of the legisla
tive, executive and Judicial appropriation
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