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Front page, Feb. 6, 1917: Buffalo police patrol Niagara River for German submarines

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 6, 1917:

* Two days after President Woodrow Wilson declared a diplomatic break with Germany, a German submarine shelled an open boat, killing an African-American sailor. The headline: "Tension increases in Washington at the apparent disregard by Germany of Wilson's warning and officials wait anxiously for details."

* As the U.S. braces for war, Buffalo rises to the occasion. Plans are being made for a Buffalo cavalry regiment and the city's biggest manufacturers, Buffalo Copper and Brass and Curtiss Aeroplane, have both offered their services to the government.

* Nervous about German submarines, Buffalo Police Chief John Martin has ordered officers to patrol the Porter Avenue bridge, the bridge at the foot of West Ferry Street and water intakes at the entrance to the Niagara River, at the foot of Porter Avenue and at the foot of Massachusetts Avenue.

* The newspaper Polish Everybody's Daily called on Poles to stand by Wilson. The statement reads: "The country of George Washington has become to us a second fatherland. Here we have found liberty, the possibility of free natural and cultural growth, and the protection of law." Canadian soldiers who were stationed with the British Army on the front were also cheered by news of Wilson's break with Germany.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 6, 1917:

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