OIL: Ration Time

Gasoline deliveries to all filling stations in 17 Atlantic States—and also in Washington and Oregon—will be cut 20% this Thursday. This time the order is no Harold Ickes false alarm. The oil companies demanded it, out of necessity, and they asked not a 20% but a 25% reduction. Filling stations may remain open not more than twelve hours a day, six days a week. This temporary restriction may soon become formal: every motorist in those States will then have to have a ration card.

Since Pearl Harbor, Eastern oil stocks have dropped 2,000,000 bbl....

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