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Front page, Feb. 8, 1917: Five police officers and a Polish priest called to break up a mob

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 8, 1917:

* As Germany practiced unrestricted submarine warfare around the globe, the U.S. watched and waited. As the headline screams: "The president will not be hurried into conflict." The U.S. wouldn't officially enter World War I until April.

* On the morning of Feb. 8, a large crowd gathered at the home of Charles O'Neil at 22 Titus St. on the city's East Side. The crowd of nearly 500 people formed because of a hoax printed in a local Polish newspaper that claimed O'Neil was gradually turning to stone. The man's wife, confused about the attention and attempting to drive people away, declared, "My husband has been ill for four years. He has an abscess on his spine, but he is not turning to stone. Does he look as though he was?" Mrs. O'Neil flung open the door of his bedroom to provide proof. Father Taronoski of St. John's Polish Church arrived on the scene and reasoned with the crowd until it broke up.

* "Patriotic women" gathered at the Buffalo Red Cross headquarters in the Root Building on Chippewa Street (now home to the Emerson School of Hospitality) to help roll bandages, prepare surgical dressings and fill boxes with supplies for the war effort. The News notes the Red Cross was in need of more tables to accommodate the increase in volunteers and volume of work.

* A Buffalo woman become the only female to be president of two railroad lines in the country. Mrs. Joseph T. Jones assumed control of the Gorge railroad and the Gulf and Ship Island railroad after the death of her husband, Captain Joseph T. Jones.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 8, 1917:

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