13 MAY 1916, Page 3

We must find room to note the very grave statements

made by the Washington correspondent of the Times in Thursday's issue. It appears that President Carranza demands that the American troops should be at once withdrawn from Mexico. The situation has been further aggravated by another bloody raid across the American frontier, this time, it is believed, by Carranzistas, not by General Villa's men. No wonder that the correspondent tells us that there is much anxiety and a fear that General Pershing's force may be attacked by superior numbers. We trust that the people of America will need no assurance that their Mexican difficulties are regarded here with the utmost sympathy. It is not too much to say that if the bloodstained bandits of Mexico were to involve General Pershing's gallant force in ruin, the feeling throughout the British Empire would be one of profound sorrow, though we are bound to add that such sorrow would be tempered with indignation against politicians who, with all the warnings that have been received by them, have had the incredible folly to pursue a forward policy in regard to a neighbouring State without making preparation for sustaining that policy.