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Front page, Feb. 21, 1917: President Wilson wants to fight Germany without officially declaring war

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 21, 1917:

* President Woodrow Wilson has so far been tip-toeing around World War I. He was slated to appear before Congress to ask for more protection for "American seamen and ships against the German submarine menace." Meaning, he wants to fight Germany without actually declaring war.

* Citizens were beginning to organize against International Railway, who was providing sub-par trolley service to Western New York. The article describes the citizens' group strongly: "It is the plan to have this organization grow and expand until it will wield a tremendous power. With the present state of mind on the part of the public, a membership representative of the entire city quickly can be formed."

* A natural gas "situation" in Buffalo has prompted a call for a state investigation. Customers complained that they weren't receiving sufficient gas for the rate they were paying.

* In Albany, emergency funds were allocated to help prisons, state hospitals and state charitable institutions through the fiscal year. The cost of food, coal and clothing all went up, in some instances by as much as as 100 percent. Some institutions didn't have enough money to carry them 30 days.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 21, 1917:

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