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Front page, March 7, 1917: Buffalo brass mill gives employees raise they didn't ask for

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of March 7, 1917:

* President Woodrow Wilson wants to arm all American ships against German unrestricted submarine warfare. Although the U.S. is not an official player in World War I, many American ships have been attacked. Wilson was waiting for Congress to pass the bill.

* A family of seven was rescued from being asphyxiated by gas fumes when a police officer chopped through two doors and into their apartment at 714 William St. Six of them were unconscious and sent to the hospital. The officer had been walking down William Street when a neighbor thought something was wrong because the local saloon wasn't open, which was owned by the family's patriarch. The officer checked on the family and smelled the fumes from a gas furnace.

* The Common Council was set to decide whether the Board of Education should separate from city government, in accord with other municipalities across New York State. Many council members were not in favor, yet the public was rallying for the separation.

* Buffalo Copper and Brass Rolling Mill gave 5,000 employees a wage increase of five cents an hour. The owner said "the business outlook for the plant was as bright as ever it has been. There are orders aplenty to keep the mill as busy as it now is for a long time to come."

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from March 7, 1917:

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