Materials - Documents:
Excerpt from 'Grain Producers News', article on Ray and Pancho Villa
following is a short excerpt from an article in the "Grain Producers News",
April 1974. The article "El Senora Diablo (The Devil Woman)" is
Ray's recollections of his assocation with Pancho Villa. The author
Carlton Stowers, contacted Ray after Ray's claims of a Villa connection
came out during his trial. We are still unsure how the article found
its way to this particular publication.
begins by saying that he returned from his work on the English stage around
1913 to his home on a ranch near the Rio Grande. (The ranch, Ray
says, was in Hudspetch County, about 80 miles east of El Paso.)
His mother would regularly send their nurse, Maria, across the border
to check on Villa and his troops, sometimes offering them cattle for food
and other assistance.
their initial meeting, Ray had a series of adventures running guns and
spying for Villa. Just after his work with Villa, Ray says, he went
to Hollywood to break into films.
came home and told my mother that I wanted to help Villa some way and
after explaining to her that I felt with my knowledge of make-up I could
perhaps be useful as a diguised messenger, she sent a rider to tell him
of my suggestion.
few nights later he and about 40 riders came to the ranch and I told him
what I had in mind.
had several publicity shots of myself in all kinds of costumes which I
showed him. He sat in the kitchen, drinking coffee, seemingly not
too impressed with my idea, so I excused myself and went to my room where
I had my stage make-up and a couple of wigs and some costumes.
I returned to the kitchen, made up as a Mexican woman, he looked up at
me and was speechless for a moment. Then he laughed, scratched his
belly, and said, "Et weel work. We do et!"
rode out with him that night, still in makeup. He also took Maria,
telling her that she would be my constant companion."