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Front page, May 12, 1917: Famished infantrymen dine and dash at West Side restaurant

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 12, 1917:

* A naval engagement was in progress off the coast of Holland, a British liner was sunk by Germans and the British and French continued to fight on the French front. Meanwhile, Allied forces committed to send 1,000 officers to the United States to train a new U.S. Army.

* Liberty loans were beginning to be sold and were considered an "ideal investment." The Buffalo Evening News encouraged people to give millions to support the war fund.

* When men from the 74th Infantry returned home from duty, they visited a small West Side restaurant at Niagara and Austin streets. The men had been without food for over a day and were famished and penniless. To feed the hungry men, the proprietor had to enlist his whole family to cook all the food the establishment had in stock. At the end of the meal, the man handed the lieutenant a bill for $43.75. The lieutenant refused to pay and marched his men back into the street.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from May 12, 1917:

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