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Front page Dec. 28, 1914: 'Two shot hunting on Niagara,' 'Six fall 85 feet in elevator'

Dec. 28, 1914, was a sad day in Buffalo: Two major local stories carried news of death or severe injury to local men.

"Two shot hunting on Niagara: Troops fire when order to oarsmen from police to shop shooting goes unheeded"

"One Buffalonian was killed and another perhaps fatally injured by Canadian troops who were patrolling the Canadian border near Fort Erie this morning at [illegible]. The men, Walter Smith, who was killed, and Charles Dorsch, who was shot in the arm, were hunting wild ducks in Niagara river in Canadian waters when fired upon. Smith is said to reside on Arthur street and Dorsch resides at 16 Calumet street. Both left Metz Brothers boathouse at the foot of Ontario street this morning in a row boat."

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"Workmen on new cathedral seriously injured when hoist suddenly drops to earth"

"Six men were injured, three perhaps fatally, when an elevator dropped 85 feet in the new St. Joseph's Cathedral at Utica street and Delaware avenue shortly after noon today. The elevator was in charge of Engineer A.B. Conlon and the six injured are:

"John Barah of 886 Broadway, injured on feet and back; taken to Homeopathic hospital.

"Stephen Scherrf of 768 Sycamore street, injured on feet; Homeopathic hospital.

"John Wolfe of 690 Sherman street, feet and back injured.

"Peter Sweigier of 439 Winslow avenue, injured on feet and legs; Homeopathic hospital.

"John Stach of 46 Kilhoffer street, injured on feet and back; Homeopathic hospital.

"Stanislaus Prus, address unknown, injured on feet and back; Homeopathic hospital.

"All six men were employed on the new structure and had just resumed work following the noon luncheon. Three of them were removed to the Homeopathic hospital and two were taken to their homes. Those at the hospital are said to be in a critical condition. Just how the accident occurred is unknown."

Homeopathic Hospital later became Millard Fillmore Gates Circle.

Dec 28 1914

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