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Front page, March 23, 1917: Latest 'submarine horror' may hasten U.S. entry to WWI

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of March 23, 1917:

* Germany torpedoed the Healdton, an American liner on its way to Holland. The ship was sunk and 34 members of the crew died. Some predicted this latest "submarine horror" may hasten the United States' entry into World War I.

* The United States and the Allies recognized the new Russian government in Petrograd. American officials were "especially enthusiastic about the personnel of the new government, whose members were known to be not only highly patriotic and liberal minded, but also highly efficient to meet the colossal task before them."

* Two girls in Portsmouth, N.H., had planned a suicide pact, sent a letter bidding goodbye to their parents, then shot themselves while dining in a cafe. Upon hearing two shots, patrons rushed to the table, but the girls were already slumped over the table dead.

* Police rescued a mother and her children from a fire on Stanislaus Street on the city's East Side. The fire was caused by a "defective chimney."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from March 23, 1917:

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