Front page, May 10, 1917: Canadian man buying a cap for his son accused of being a German spy - The Buffalo News

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Front page, May 10, 1917: Canadian man buying a cap for his son accused of being a German spy

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 10, 1917:

* After British forces gained some ground in France, the Germans launched a counterattack. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt wanted to raise a volunteer army to head the French front, but Congress turned him down.

* A Canadian man attempting to buy a cap for his son ended up accused as being a Germany spy. The man went into a Fillmore Avenue store and picked out a plaid cap, but the storekeeper recommended a cap bearing the letters "U.S.N." – for United States Navy – for the man's son. The Canadian man replied, "No, the plaid is best. I'm a Canadian and I don't want anything marked U.S. Navy." The storekeeper became argumentative, which resulted in him calling a police office and having the Canadian man detained on "suspicion of being a German spy." When the police let them both go, the Canadian man made a remark to the storekeeper and the argument started all over again and the parties were sent to the District Attorney's Office.

* A fire broke out in the Lackawanna coal trestle in a Cheektowaga rail yard. Over 50 men fought the fire who thought the fire started from a spark from a passing locomotive. The mil-long trestle was one of the largest in the world and well-known by from passengers riding by.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from May 10, 1917:

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