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“GASLESS” DAY IN MANSFIELD WAS GENERALLY OBSERVED Car Owners Obey the Edict of the Fuel Administration, and Try to Save
the Gasolene So Much Needed.
Public opinion, operating with the potency of a presidential mandate,
whisked the motor cars from our streets Sunday, withdrawing such luxuries
from the highways and byways on one of the most alluring days of the year.
At scarcely more than a hint from the government that gasolene reserves
for the army and navy were being dangerously reduced, car owners kept their
cars in the garage. They stayed at home, or if they went out at all,
they walked or got out the “old gray mare.”
Observance of the fuel administrations request was remarkably generous.
There were some who had their cars out – a few with good excuses; some
were callous souls with no excuse at all who rode without shame – but as
a whole, the job riders was conspicuous by his absence.
Figures will reveal in a day or so what actual saving was accomplished
of gasolene that must be hoarded for the tanks and motor lorries of the
army and for destroyers and submarines, and a hundred other military buses,
but it is estimated that in the territory east of the Mississippi the total
will run close to nine million gallons.
Tioga county people have responded nobly to the edicts of the government;
with a wholeheartedness that is encouraging, and this was no exception.
They were prompt and ready. A proper shame of braving public opinion,
a real desire to serve the nation, a quick and intelligent comprehension
of the necessity of saving gasolene, constrained or inspired people with
cars to keep them in the garage and take their pleasure in simpler, more
old fashioned ways, and they may be depended upon for even larger sacrifices
in the future.
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/14/2003 By Joyce M. Tice Email: JoyceTice@aol.com
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