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Front page, Feb. 22, 1917: 'Corporate selfishness' blamed for poor trolley service

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 22, 1917:

* The "disgraceful" trolley service has led citizens to call for a survey of the street car service. Citizens appealed to the state's Public Service Commission – which regulated utilities, railroads and trolleys – but were ignored when the measure was tabled. The Buffalo Evening News was not pleased: "Corporate selfishness, the fickle willingness of supposed servants of the people to shield his financial interests rather than to serve the public welfare outweighed justice in the scales." The target was Judge Devoe P. Hodson, a Buffalonian and member of the commission. The article warned Hodson: "Unless he quits his tactics and gets an order for this survey for his home city, his townsmen soon will have the privilege of pointing their fingers at him in scorn as the man who drew $60,000 from the state and in return didn't give the people a single, solitary worthwhile improvement."

* Germany freed American prisoners from the ship Yarrowdale after it learned that German ships in America hadn't been confiscated and that crews hadn't been captured.

* University at Buffalo alumni gathered at the Statler Hotel for their annual dinner where the university song was sung "lustily."

* As a result of a national food shortage, riots were starting in major cities. Fearing the riots will spread further, the U.S. may take temporary control of food.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 22, 1917:

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