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Front page, March 5, 1917: Argument over baby's high chair ends in double shooting

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of March 5, 1917:

* President Woodrow Wilson asked for the passage of an "armed neutrality" bill that would allow the U.S. to stay out of World War I, but still allow all ships to be armed. Wilson called on the Senate to work with him to pass the measure to "save the country from disaster."

* In the midst of international threats, President Wilson and Vice President Thomas Marshall were inaugurated for second terms "with a great patriotic demonstration of Americanism." Wilson was the first Democratic president to succeed himself since Jackson and the 10th to be re-elected.

* A light snowfall made the area's street cars runs at a "snail's pace," which further compounded complaints against the International Railway company that they weren't making necessary improvements. The article describes the poor service: "On some lines periods of more than half an hour passed before a single car came into sight. The few who were able to get into the cold cars would have been able to walk practically as fast as the company carried them."

* A man shot and killed another man and his wife following an argument over the possession of a baby's high chair in a tenement at the rear of 224 Broadway. The man was shot twice through the head and died and his wife was shot in the right thigh. The shooter was charged with first-degree murder. Here's what happened:

"The Spinellas and the Vitelas have apartments in the tenement house. Recently a tenant moved and left a baby's high chair in the hallway. Both Vitela and Mrs. Spinella claimed the chair, according to the police, and the two were engaged in an argument at noon yesterday in the hallway when Spinella appeared and accused Vitela of calling his wife names. The police say Spinella pulled a revolver first, but Vitela was quicker and fired four shots at him and Spinella dropped to the floor."

Vitela then ran from the tenement, boarded a Sycamore Street trolley and threatened the driver with a gun if he stopped the car. Vitela got off at Spruce Street where he was chased by police. He was cornered in a yard in Elm Street, near Goodell Street, and was arrested after putting up a fight.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from March 5, 1917:

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