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February 4, 1903 [LAT]: “Nearly every boat in the passenger, freight and fishing business in the Santa Barbara channel, is lying idle because of the gasoline famine that has prevailed here nearly a month. For several days there has been practically no communication between this city and the Channel Islands, and the fishermen who have been supplying the local market, have practically suspended business, as it is impossible for them to reach their nets with any assurance of being able to get back to port again without gasoline. While nearly all of the boats engaged in the channel trade are equipped with sailing apparatus, power is almost absolutely necessary for safe navigation, on account of the changing winds and frequent calms encountered. None of the local dealers have been able to furnish any reason for the shortage in the local supply, except that the Los Angeles agency for the Standard Oil Company has been either unable or unwilling to fill the orders.”