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Front page, Jan. 30, 1917: A gathering of 'hoboes' and pheasants near the Pierce-Arrow plant

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Jan. 30, 1917:

* The headline "Hoboes gather in dingy hall to discuss vital questions" may be a bit dramatic in reference to the annual gathering of the International Brotherhood Welfare Association of Migratory Workers of the World. The organization was a mutual aid society for migratory workers, commonly called "hoboes." Nevertheless, the story – and accompanying illustration – describes the personal appearances of the gathering's delegates, noting that Cora D. Harvey, the only female delegate, "wore a Scotch plaid tailored suit trimmed with fur."

* Billy Sunday, the nationally known Christian evangelist and former player in baseball's National League, continued his popular residency in Buffalo, preaching that "saloons are headed toward hell" and "you sit in your pew so easily that you become mildewed." The Buffalo Evening News printed all of his sermons in full.

* A British squadron of ships was sent to waters near New York City to investigate rumors of a German raider there. The United States would not officially enter World War I until April.

* A small item mentions that pheasants started feeding near the Pierce Automobile plant on Elmwood Avenue. The employees took care of the thriving birds until someone decided to shoot and kill one. The shooter paid a $106 fine.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Jan. 30, 1917:

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