Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 9, 1917:
* Austria-Hungary broke relations with the United States after pressure from Germany. A declaration of war from Austria was expected to follow.
* The Erie County Sheriff Edward Stengel closed all radio stations in response to an order from Governor Whitman. "My deputies then will make a systematic search throughout the county for radio apparatus, no matter how big or small," the sheriff said.
* The first two divisions of naval militia from Buffalo were sent off to serve in the Atlantic fleet. They were expected to go aboard warships to help open trade channels for American liners and protect them from German submarines.
* An 18-year-old Buffalo man who was on probation for shooting his father jumped his parole to join the Navy. His mother wrote a letter to his probation officer explaining that she urged him to not wait to be drafted. The man shot and killed his father in 1915 when the father was threatening the boy's mother with a butcher knife.
Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 9, 1917: