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Front page, May 2, 1917: Alleged German spy arrested after swimming across river from Canada

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 2, 1917:

* The American ship Rockingham was sunk by a German torpedo and 13 members of the crew were missing. In the meantime, the U.S. was preparing to send troops and supplies to the Allied front after declaring war on Germany on April 6. The News speculated that New York's guardsmen may be called to be the first American troops on the French front.

* An alleged German spy was arrested in Rochester after he swam across the Niagara River from Canada. Before he was taken into custody, he chewed up and swallowed several documents he carried with him. He told police he was one of three Germans who escaped from a Canadian internment camp nine days prior and all three swam across the river. He said the two other Germans were on their way to Olean and the other to Elmira and that he was on his way to Mexico.

* The Rev. William David Walker, an Episcopal bishop of Western New York, died after a heart attack. He served as a bishop for 21 years.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from May 2, 1917:

 

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