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Front page, Feb. 19, 1917: Buffalo man commits suicide after an attempt to kill two women

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 19, 1917:

* The street car controversy continued in Western New York. After a public meeting attended by 500 angry passengers "forced to endure disgraceful service," a survey of the trolley service was planned. The Buffalo Evening News took credit for the progress so far:

"It is a fact, however, that the hearing would not have been held, were it not for the campaign which the NEWS is waging for bettered street car service ... Such a spontaneous outburst, representing every class of men and women and every section of the city, can come only when there is real cause for the complaints; and from such a beginning must grow a widening circle of interested persons who will be ready to take up the cudgels and fight for their rights."

* The 74th Infantry, soldiers from Western New York who were stationed at the Mexican border, will return home. The mayor declared a civic holiday and the governor and mayor planned a welcome ceremony. The soldiers were scheduled to march from the train station at Carroll Street and Michigan Avenue to the Connecticut Street Armory.

* The New York Legislature called an investigation into state Comptroller William A. Prendergast's land interests in Depew. Senators argued this conflict of interest may be grounds for his dismissal.

* William Everett of Buffalo broke into a home in Sardinia and fired shots at two women inside, missing both of them. When they fled the dwelling, Everett fatally shot himself in the neck with his work-issued revolver. A note discovered in his pocket described his intentions to shoot one of the women, then himself, but not the motive.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 19, 1917:

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