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Front page, Feb. 16, 1917: A man kills his wife, then himself, in Jamestown

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 16, 1917:

* A public hearing is set to discuss the poor trolley car service in Western New York. The Buffalo Evening News does its best to attract a big crowd: "If some of the women, school teachers and others, who have suffered will be brave enough to appear, the case against this heartless corporation will be strengthened." The News also encouraged some of Buffalo's biggest manufacturers to attend – the Larkin Company, Pierce-Arrow, Buffalo Copper and Brass Rolling, American Radiator, Curtiss Aeroplane and the Pullman Company – since the trolleys carry hundreds of their employees to work.

* The U.S. government has told Americans in Austria to leave, as the possibility of war between the U.S. and Germany grows greater. Germany has reportedly let go some American prisoners, but isn't budging on wanting unrestricted submarine warfare.

* A man killed his wife, then himself, in Jamestown. W.H. Hoard was the proprietor of the Grandin hotel, which is where the bodies were discovered. The article describes the gory details: "The woman's breast and left shoulder were shot away. Hoard's head was nearly torn off." The Hoards disagreed frequently about money and Hoard was allegedly up drinking the night before the incident.

* Coal shipments are coming back to Western New York after nearly a week of the railroads being halted. Some manufacturers worried that they would have to close if they couldn't fuel their plants or ship their goods out by rail cars.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 16, 1917:

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