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In Old Juaresa 1
El Paso who wish to watch the battles which are not as
uncommon as they should be over there. A. F. Haynes,
a railroad man of this city, described to me the fight when
Maedro's forces took Juarez from those of Diaz in 1911.
"I was up in the tower of the El Paso station when
they began to fire," he said. "I could see the puffs of
smoke and hear the faint cracks from the rifles of Madero's
men, led by Generals Orosco and Blanco. At the
time Madero himself was stopping at the Sheldon Hotel,
in this city, when word was brought to him of the engagement.
He jumped into a big red automobile and dashed
up Santa Fe street far up the river, where he crossed over.
He wished his men to surrender, and he sent a bearer with
a flag of truce on a snow-white horse.
"He rode toward the line of Maderistas. Through
the glasses I saw one of the men rise up. There was a
spurt of smoke and the rider dropped from his horse. His
assassin didn't wish the forces he was with to surrender
at this time. The rest of the troops, thinking the flag bearer
had been shot by some one on the other side, were furious
and went on with the attack more frenziedly than
ever. The city was taken later.
"The next year Villa captured the town with a single
cannon shot, after which the white flag was run up at
Juarez and the place surrendered. It was following this
that Villa held the executions which shocked the United
States so much. Ammunition was scarce. To save it he
lined his prisoners up seven deep in front of the wall and
turned the machine guns on them."
Everywhere we went we saw evidences of the constant
state of war in which the country of Mexico exists.
Cavalrymen, all Carranzistas, some with new suits and
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