Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 7, 1917:
* The United States was officially a nation at war. As the Navy patrolled the Atlantic Ocean, reports of German commerce raiders in the sea were "the first breath of war at the doors of America and it sent a thrill through the country."
* Two units of Buffalo's naval militia were deployed for active guard duty in the east. The War Department would not reveal where the Buffalo units were headed.
* Two German men were arrested in Denver, Colo., when a plot was uncovered to dynamite the homes of the governor and the police chief as well as three schools.
* Anthony Dispazzio, of Buffalo, was fined $100 by a judge for asking a friend to write a threatening letter to Dispazzio's former boss. Dispazzio denied knowing that the letter contained a threat.
Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 7, 1917: