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Front page, Feb. 7, 1917: Man is slashed with razor while bidding on a saloon

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 7, 1917:

* German submarines are blockading the path of American ships to England. The U.S. government maintains this is illegal, but the Germans will not budge. The American liner St. Louis has been waiting to sail to England and could be attacked. International tensions are rising as the article states: "It rests with Germany to commit the overt act that President Wilson has said would lead to war."

* Buffalo continues to prepare for impending war by organizing a cavalry regiment. The organizing committee is confident of recruiting 1,250 men.

* A saloon up for sale at the corner of Clinton and Cedar streets (which is where Bennett Park Montessouri is now located) was a hot commodity. Two men engaged in a heated bidding war for the saloon began to fight. James Sidinio said Vittorio Tullio slashed him with a razor, leaving Sidinio with a scar extending from the corner of his mouth across his cheek.

* A bill was introduced in Albany that would allow individual cities, village and towns to decide whether baseball was allowed to be played on Sundays between the hours of 2:30 and 6 p.m.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 7, 1917:

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