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Front page, Feb. 14, 1917: Buffalo faces coal 'famine' due to railroad embargoes

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 14, 1917:

* Inadequate trolley service in Buffalo has been a hot topic. The company that runs the street cars promised improvements that never happened and the Buffalo Evening News urged all citizens to write the state's Public Service Commission to take action. Archer A. Landon, president of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce said, "Buffalo is entitled to and should have the very best street car service of any city in the United States."

* Even more dire than the trolley situation is the railroad stoppage. Trains carrying much-needed coal and food have stopped coming to Buffalo and trains exporting goods from Buffalo's manufacturing plants can't leave, due to an embargo. The Buffalo Evening News was affected, too:

"The failure of the railroads to keep open their yards has rendered the publishers of newspapers almost helpless, and the supply of print paper this morning was so short in every newspaper establishment that it was doubtful of publication could continue for more than a day or two, if the railroads did not get carloads of paper out of yards and into Buffalo. So serious is the conditions that the Buffalo Express this morning cut down the size of its paper. The NEWS is compelled to also conserve its space."

* Germany is violating diplomatic agreements with the U.S. left and right with illegal submarine warfare around the globe. President Woodrow Wilson is now considering giving guns to American ships so they can protect themselves, even though the U.S. hasn't officially entered Word War I.

* A small item at the bottom of the page reports the city of Buffalo has broken its record for water consumption.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 14, 1917:

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