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Front page, March 9, 1917: City Councilman shows 'crass ignorance' of bill before him

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of March 9, 1917:

* President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to set a special session to pass his armed neutrality bill, which would arm American ships, even though the U.S. isn't officially part of World War I.

* Councilman Charles Heald showed "crass ignorance" of the terms of the Kenefick Bill at a hearing for it. The bill would separate the Board of Education from the Council. The article denounced Heald further: "It is many a long day since an officer in the government of the city of Buffalo has made so sorry a spectacle of himself as Charles M. Heald did yesterday afternoon."

* The company operating Buffalo's trolley cars promised new cars by August, but many Buffalonians weren't holding their breath. The cars were to have a front entrance and center exit and were bigger to accommodate more passengers.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from March 9, 1917:

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