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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. Prom Washington yesterday a dispatch said: While American troops are preparing to move areata the Mexican border to exterminate the Villa 1 bandits. General Carraaaa, in an otlhial Lommiial-cation . delivered through Consul Silliinan. has asked the United States for pcrmisson to sen! his troops ! into American territory, if neces-ary. in pursuit of outlaws. Administration officials regard General 1 Carranzas proposal as favorable. It seems to Indicate that he will not protest against American troops on Mexican soil, as had liecn feared. Practically, such a reciprocal arrangement probably never would result in a single Carranza soldier crossing the Toe. as the possibility of bandits taking refuge ". in American territory is considered remote. It is ■ realized that each an arrangement, however, would 1 go far tt satisfy General Carranza am! permit him to comply with popular sentiment in Mexico. The : administration realises the necessity of avoiding ■ a breach with Carranza, if the Mexican situation 1 is not to gro,v into the i status of armed Intervention. No American tsocpa actually have crossed. so far is known here, and it is believed none will | start moving before night. All arrangements are being left in the hands of Major Ceneral Punston. Villa was today reported moving southeast with not more than 300 men. Last nights report gave b:s force as 3,000. but that is believed to include sympathisers in his territory. In case of war. the Tnited States could put into the Held on April 10, IMC, 8,987.871 men meeting ; every reiir.irement of physical efficiency. This is the result of computations completed by Lieut. F. R. . Kenuey. chief recruiting officer of the Chicago district, and official computer for the Tinted States • army. Of unmarried men alone, who meet the requirements, we could put into the field 3. 200. 702. These men would make an army which for physical j etlu i-ncy could not be touched by any regular army r in the world of I l|a*l numbers. Former Halted States Senator Henry Cassaway Davis nf West Virginia, vice presidential candidate . on tie Parker democratic ticket in 1904. died at t Washington at 1:43 a. in. yesterday, after a brief p IHfSS He was ninety-three years aid. Mr. Davis 1 was stricken with grip about a fortnight ago. while on a visit to his daughter. Mrs. Stephen B. Elkins. and on account of bis advanced age. was unable to withstand the attack. Interment will be at Elkins, West Virginia. The Pars report of yesterday says: The German- I hav l.iuin bed another violent attack against the rillage f Vaux and Pert tie Vaux. the war peace announced this afternoon. All attacks on the fort have been repulsed, hut the Cernians have cap tilled a few houses in Vaux village. Heavy tight ing i. also occurring on the west hank of the Mouse, near the eastern border of Corbcaux wood, . fhe French, by a counti«r attack, drove the Columns out of communicating trenches they had occluded. While bound from New Orleans to Havre, the 1 French steamer Louisiane was torpedoed and sunk [ by a submarine Thursday iii the Atlantic Ocean 1 off the ln in h coast. The crew was rescued. The • I ouisinie displaced 5. loo i,,iis. It sailed from . New Orleans on February 11 with a 11,000-tea 1 cargo of American gMids for the French government. On February 17 it arrived at Newport News. Va.. and continued its voyage from that l port the next day. After a lengthy interview with the Portugese sec rotary for foreign affairs. Herr Rosen, the Qcrataa , niinisti r to Portugal, b ft Lisbon yesterday on a special train for Madrid, accompanied by the other r members of the Cerman legation. Their departure • was not marked by any Incident. Parliament has " teea summoned to meet ill special session. The uewspap is have teea forbidden to print any ; news of a military character. Seven wounded Villa soldiers captured by Col. II. J. Slocums troopers of the Thirteenth United ; States cavalry in Thursdays battle at Columbus. N. M.. will be charged with murder for the killing of the seven American soldiers slain in the fight. n •cordiim to an announcement yesterday by I.. It. Stone, special agent of the department of justice. The prisoners -include a boy twelve years old. am! 1 two ollicers. The American steamer Ldna, formerly the Mazat- l.in. whhh lift San l-r.iilci-co under charter o carry nitrates from Chile to the British West Indies. has been seined by a British cruiser and taken to Port Stanley. Falkland Islands, according to a cablegram made public yesterday by Sudden and Christensen. the vessels owners. A Copenhagen dispatch quotes the Vossiohe Zei-tnng as stating that an Albanian congress will be held in Solia on March !." to discuss the re establishment of an independent government for Albania, and as declaring that Bulgaria approves this move, Inasmuch as it would hamper Italian aspirations in the Balkans. Pope Benedict yesterday made further concessions to modernism by issuing a decree permitting catholic churches throughout the world to use other oils than dive in the lamps before the main altars. In rare cases even electric lights will be permitted until the end of the war. The Norwegian barge Sillium. New York to Havre, with seven Americans on board, was torpedoed Thursday night in the Havre roads, according to information received by the state department from its counsel at Havre. All the Americans were saved. From Berlin yesterday a dispatch says: Capture of French positions l.loo yards wide and about two-thirds ..f a mile deep south of V ille-aux P.ois. near Rhcims, was announced today by the war otlioe. II rdbsance to sell the Automatic Telephone Company to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for ,300,080 was passed yesterday by the city council by a vote of fi rty-six to twenty-two. Turkish-Persian troops under Cerman sateen are evacuating the Persian city of Ispahan before the Russian advance.