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Front page, April 16, 1917: 'Slackers continue slacking' as military recruitment dips

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 16, 1917:

* Germany was secretly trying to revive peace talks with "all belligerent countries." In December, Germany offered the same olive branch, but no countries would accept. This time around, the Germans were shopping the idea around but giving up no actual terms.

* Military recruits were down, while marriage licenses were up in Buffalo. About 6,000 men were needed, but, as the headline read: "Slackers continue slacking." Military recruiters vowed to double down on their efforts.

* A 19-year-old was severely injured when he fell out a third-story window while sleepwalking at his Summit Avenue home. The window was half open earlier in the evening and it is believed the man opened it all the way while sleepwalking and fell through it. He missed a concrete sidewalk by mere inches but still suffered a possible fracture of the skull, internal injuries and several broken ribs. He was in critical condition at Sisters Hospital and it was unsure whether he would live.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 16, 1917:

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