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Front page, April 25, 1917: First American shot fired in WWI sinks German sub

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 25, 1917:

* The American steamship Mongolia fired the first gun of the war for the United States and sunk a German submarine, which was poised to attack the U.S. ship. The naval gunners made a clean hit at 1,000 yards, shattered the sub's periscope and the sub disappeared.

* Workers at the Larkin Company sent a petition to President Wilson in favor of wartime prohibition. The telegram to the president was signed by every one of the company's hundreds of employees. It read: "In all the efforts to conserve the resources of our country and to build ourselves up to war strength, no other thing is so important as the immediate prohibition of the whole liquor traffic until the end of the war. Increased efficiency demands it and we beg of you to use your influence to secure this action."

* Private P. Jackson, of 801 Randolph St., was listed among the soldiers wounded while fighting with the Allies.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from April 25, 1917:


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