Front page, May 15, 1917: 'Disillusioned' man impersonating Marine could get one year in prison - The Buffalo News
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Front page, May 15, 1917: 'Disillusioned' man impersonating Marine could get one year in prison

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 15, 1917:

* Russia's provisional government was trying to "stave off collapse" after a revolution the previous month. Government officials announced they are determined to stick to the task of operating a Democratic government.

* Buffalo was chosen for a new Army aviation station as the War Department also announced it would take over the entire output of the Curtiss Aeroplane Plant. At the time, Curtiss was one of the biggest airplane manufacturers in the world and was already heavily involved in making airplanes and parts for the military.

* With many Buffalo businesses contributing to the war effort, the local economy was seeing an uptick. The article reported, "Business is very good and going to be better, is the consensus of opinion among employees of labor." 1917 was expect to be a good year for Buffalo workers and businessmen.

* A "disillusioned" man named Earl Knapp was "masquerading" around Brockport claiming to be a Marine. After an actual former Marine heard Knapp's tale and reported him to a recruiting office, Knapp was arrested. The statutory penalty for impersonating a military, naval or marine officer was one year in prison.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from May 15, 1917:

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