MEXICO CITY -- Emilio Zapata, the strongest and most successful of all the bandit chiefs in Mexico, has been killed, it was officially announced today.
General Pablo Gonzales, who restored order in the state of Morelos -- Zapata's stronghold -- a few months ago, reported to President Carranza that Zapata had been shot by Colonel Jesus Gualfardo. The latter's cavalry surprised the bandit and his followers, killing many and scattering the others. Zapata's body was taken to Gonzales' headquarters, where it was fully identified.
For years Zapata was virtual dictator of Morelos, which is within a day's march of Mexico City. At one time he actually invaded the capital, escaping with a quantity of booty.