Front page, Feb. 12, 1917: Germans hold 72 American hostages - The Buffalo News

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Front page, Feb. 12, 1917: Germans hold 72 American hostages

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 12, 1917:

* A German raider took 72 Americans as hostages and are being held in Berlin. In return, Americans have sequestered the German ships and interned their crews. The U.S. and Germany are at a bypass, both waiting for each other to release the hostages first.

* Local manufacturing is taking a blow because of freight embargoes put in place by some railroad companies. Seventy local manufacturers attended a Buffalo hearing, urging the Public Service Commission to reconsider the embargoes. The railroad companies say they're experiencing a labor shortage and unfavorable weather conditions, leaving between 75 and 100 cars sitting in Black Rock yards full of goods ready to be shipped.

 

* The smallest items are sometimes the funniest. A quirky brief on the front page with the headline "Attired in evening gown, 'she' is seized from front of store" reads:

"Attired in low neck and short-sleeved evening gown, a young debutante was escorted to Sheriff Stangel's office this morning by Deputy Sheriff Jack Pordum. 'She's been standing in front of an Elk street store in this condition,' explained the deputy, in answer to a question from the sheriff. The fair figure uttered no word, for she was a clothing store dummy, seized to rectify a small judgement."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 12, 1917:

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