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Front page, Feb. 15, 1917: Police want hospitals to fingerprint newborns

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 15, 1917:

* A trolley expert is expected to visit Buffalo in response to the outcry over inadequate street car service in Western New York. International Railway, the company that operates the trolleys that are the main source of transportation locally, isn't making necessary improvements. The Buffalo Evening News appeals to the state Public Service Commission to send an expert to investigateb.

* Germany is planning a strike at the U.S. The Germans want unlimited submarine warfare across the globe and is ignoring all diplomatic efforts. The general feeling is that it's only a matter of time before Germany strikes American soil.

* Joseph G. Whitwell, the Buffalo police's bertillon, or identification, expert, advises hospitals to "dactyloscope" new babies for the sake of "worried mothers and proud fathers." What does this all mean? It's a technical way of saying that babies should be fingerprinted. The story reads: "Mr. Whitwell suggested that the taking of fingerprints of babies at hospitals would prevent their identities getting mixed up through carelessness or any other reason."

* "Coal famine" is imminent in Western New York, as a railway embargo isn't letting trains in or out of the area. Food is also running scarce and manufacturers are saying they may have to close until their fuel supply is replenished.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 15, 1917:

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