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Front page, May 8, 1917: 'Pretty girls sell papers for newsies'

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 8, 1917:

* Kaiser Wilhelm narrowly escaped an assassin's bullet while in a car on his way to Berlin. The Kaiser was typically very well guarded, and a second decoy car often was taken along on car trips.

* Forty Buffalonians offered to enlist in Col. Theodore Roosevelt's proposed volunteer division after Congress passed a selective draft measure and temporarily stopped voluntary enlistment. "Colonel Roosevelt is an extremely valuable asset and the government will undoubtedly recognize that fact," said one man who volunteered.

* To benefit the Buffalo Newsboys' Benevolent Association, "pretty," "blue-badged girls" took to the streets to sell papers instead of the usual newsies. The girls "worked steadily until noon when the regular newsies relieved them for lunch," which was served in the Iroquois Hotel.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from May 8, 1917:

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