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Front page, April 27, 1917: Boys arrested for stealing boxes of cookies from grocer's window

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 27, 1917:

* Although World War I – referred to then as the Great War or "the war to end all wars" – had been raging since July 1914, the U.S.'s entrance was still relatively new. President Woodrow Wilson was still considering what role the country would play. He said sending money, food and ships to the Allies would be the country's first duty. The Allies indicated money was their first priority as Congress worked on a war loan.

* The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce decided the city must consider other means of transportation than surface trolley cars. It was suggested that elevated or subway cars be considered to relieve traffic jams, particularly on the Main Street and Elmwood Avenue lines.

* Seven boys were arrested for stealing several boxes of ginger snaps and fig bars from a hole in the window of a Myrtle Avenue grocery store. The boys were charged with juvenile delinquency.

* A Potomac Avenue woman decided to hang several countries' flags from her veranda, along with the American flag. This prompted many complaints to the local police department that she had a German flag displayed. When a police officer arrived to question her, she explained that what people thought was a German flag was actually a Belgian flag. She pulled out a dictionary to prove it to the officer.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 27, 1917:

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