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Front page, Jan. 29, 1917: 42,000 flock to famed evangelist's sermons

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Jan. 29, 1917:

* Billy Sunday, the nationally known Christian evangelist and former player in baseball's National League, visited Buffalo and delivered a sermon that "hits sin in places high and low." Sunday's speech left the audience "spellbound" as it combined patriotism and religion. The Buffalo Evening News estimated that 42,000 people attended the three Sunday services.

* When a group of Spanish War veterans went to City Hall (now Old County Hall) to place a wreath on the spot that marks where President William McKinley laid in state, they found a tax bill table on top of the floor marker. When they asked for the table to be moved, the superintendent told them: "It's more patriotic to collect the taxes than to put a wreath of flowers there."

* Gov. Charles S. Whitman visited Buffalo to consider appointing local businessman David C. Howard to the Public Service Commission. The commission regulated water, telecommunications and utilities and the appointment was a coveted one. Howard was touted as a "business man for a business man's job."

* As World War I soldiered on, a German submarine sunk several vessels in the Mediterranean.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Jan. 29, 1917:

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