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Front page, April 19, 1917: 'Slackers' getting married to avoid military service are thwarted

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 19, 1917:

* Although the Germans sent nearly 250,000 new troops to the front, they were no match for the French offensive. French armies gained new ground in Champagne and German artillery was captured.

* Those hoping to avoid military service by getting married were thwarted when the War Department announced that married men would still be eligible. In the 10 days since the U.S. declared war on Germany, 584 marriage licenses were issued in Buffalo. To catch the "slackers," military recruiters set up a table outside the marriage bureau's offices with this sign:

Marriage Is Life
Military Service is Three Years
Don't Marry to Escape Service for Congress Passed a Law
So You Can't Escape

* A bomb was discovered in a bale of paper in the Certain-teed Products plant on Elizabeth Street in Niagara Falls. The bale of paper was shipped from New York City and the bomb's fuse had been lit and was partly burned when it was discovered.

* A Grant Street man accused by his three daughters of attacking them repeatedly was given the maximum sentence – one year in jail and a fine of $250.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 19, 1917:

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