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Th. OREGON STATESMAN; Salem. Or;a, Sunday Morning, May 18. 1829
Reliable Tires Mean Much in
Life of Correspondent Who
Goes Down to Mexico Fight
By FRANK ENGLES
Such was true in my case during the recent Mexican
revolution when traveling as a newspaper correspondent ac
companying the rebel armies on their retreat from the state
of Chihuahua over the "pack track trail" of Pulpito Pass into
On April ninth the last troops of the Insurgents, under
the command of General Marcelo Caraveo, were ordered to
evacuate Chihuahua and proceed to the -Pass and hold it
against the advance of General Almaban. The three Ameri
cans then comprisHg the rebel air service, in addition to two
newspaper correspondents myself and Ray Miller, special
writer for Universal Service were given permission to travel
with this contingent.
After taking a troop train to
Cast Grandes we disembarked
with the trocps. The general staff
tarnished us with an ancient fliv
ver, which a few gleaming silver
peso bad coaxed out of. the pos
session of one of the more ambi
tions peons of the district.
This flivver had no starter, no
batteries, and he accessories were
conspicuous by their absence.
However, the motor turned over
and It progressed in a fashion pe
culiarly its own over the uneven
terrain. The tires were solidly
built, sturdy cords made by the
Goodyear Tire and Rubber com
pany. It would take good tires to
cover the territory we expected to
cover in the next few days. Punc
tures would be calamities and en
during rubber was the highest
Our supplies consisted of the
essential gasoline and oil, which
we- strapped to the side of the
running boards, along with can
teens of water, jerked beef and
tortillas, whe had a load.
Burns Trail Ahead
We were soon to find out first
had the perils of Pulpito Pass. For
a time there was a road, and then,
suddenly, there was no longer a
road. A burro trail stretched
ahead. It.was awful. Rocks were
strewn as if by a designing hand
to Impede progeria of travelers so
rash as to brave the pass. We
jolted and rolled along. Up one
side, down on the other, slipping
hither and yon. There were
placs too narrow to travel hori
zontally and we would very care
fully run up a hillside and with
the car tilted at an angle of thir
ty, degrees, travel ahead by Jerks
Winds would howl down the
canyons carrying cutting sands
that stung like fury. At every
mountain stream we would water
up and so, in a fashion, aaoved
It was a source of amazement to
us that the tires held up. We
would get out and carefully look
them over for signs of. weakness.
They held. In spite of the diabolic
tn.Vs that nature had so bounte
ously thrown In our path.
Two Days Without Food
It took five days to get over
the pass, two of which we went
without food. Still the tires held.
So long as they did we would hold
the fliwer. When they gave ont
we would hare to walk and it was
not a pleasant prospect. Frank
ly, we didn't believe our luck
would hold. Rubber and fabric
fashioned by man surely couldn't
withstand the innumerable hard
ships of the trail we followed.
But they held, and we arrived
at Oja de Agua, and then the fun
began. Three- of us were In the
front seat and threa in back, a
Colonel Del RIos having joined ug
at the last camp. We were sing
ing. Without warning there was
a crash and glass splintered over
us. A neat hole appeared as if
by magic in the windshield. Some
one was firing at us.
Curtains" For Us"
"Alto!" That meant slop
There they were less than two
hundred fet away ugly looking
devils. We jumpd from th car.
More shots were fired and Colon
el Del Rios slumped in the seat,
unable to gt out in time. A trickle
of red ran down his face and
above it was a purple, jagged
hole. It was the end for Bel Rios.
Up went our hands. Quickly we
were surrounded and disarmed.
These fellows were Agristas (most
loyal of Callea' troops), and be
ing unable, or unwiling, to read
credentails, took no chances. Ev
eryone was a potential enemy to
them. We were lined up along, the
car. It looked like curtains for
all of us when one of them
"Dos carros" (meaning two
At this they scurried for the
bushes and began firing. It was
our rear guard coming up with
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General Medina in command. No
man in all Mexico Baa more cour
age than Medina, and with a short
skirmish it was all over. The
leader was killed and the rest rode
hard for the mountains.
Cnce more we were under way.
Soon we came down from the
mountains and entered upon the
desert In Sonora. Across the red
hot sand skirting cactus and mes
qnite bushes we finally arrived at
Nogales, thankful that American
craftmanship had provided us with
tires that stood the faff and saved
us from hardships and probably
death. And they are still good
for a few thousand miles. It's
Goodyear tires from now on for
any car I clrlve.
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Portugese, Swiss, Italians and
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