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Front page, Feb. 2, 1917: President Wilson goes golfing as Americans wait for his reply to Germany

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 2, 1917:

* A huge explosion in Chicago due to a "gas blast" leaves many buildings destroyed and people trapped under the debris.

* Americans are still waiting for a response from President Woodrow Wilson on whether he will break ties with Germany and enter World War I. One story above the fold says, "What the course is or when it will be announced remained undisclosed."

* Meanwhile, below the fold, we learn that President Wilson went golfing, which explains his silence on the issue. The story reads: "President Wilson sought relaxation from the strain of the German crisis early today by playing golf ... The strain of a situation that may mean war showed today in lines upon the President's face."

* A small brief reports that 200 African-American convict miners have gone on strike in Birmingham, Ala., demanding a new warden. The story ends on an ominous note: "The men have quantities of dynamite in their possession and it is feared that they may blow up part of the mine."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 2, 1917:

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