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Front page, April 4, 1917: Man accidentally shoots himself while trying on a new suit

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 4, 1917:

* Congress was acting quickly to approve a war resolution after President Woodrow Wilson's declaration of a state of war with Germany on April 2.

* Mayor Fuhrmann proposed widening Delaware Avenue between Niagara and Edward streets and would have to cut down trees to do so. The Buffalo Club and many other property owners along the stretch opposed the plan saying it would reduce property values and destroy the shade trees.

* A man accidentally shot himself while trying on a suit at English Woolen Mills Company at 521 Main St. The revolver, which was an automatic that he carried a permit for, was inside the pocket of his coat. As he took off his coat to put it down, it struck a post and the revolver fired, striking him in the abdomen.

* Buffalo schools' superintendent and the Board of Education came out in favor of The News' backyard gardening campaign. The newspaper encouraged Buffalonians to plant food in their backyards to help conserve food during the war effort.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from April 4, 1917:

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