There is to be a Government investigation into the recent frequent advances in the price of gasoline. To the man in the machine the cause of the advances is very simple: John D. [Rockefeller] and his associates "need the money"
Thus far the United States Government has not been very successful in controlling prices in any commodity, but it is possible that means may be found to effect a change in this respect. Possibly a "war measure" fixing prices, similar to that enforced in Germany, may point the way.
Despite the fact that the Standard Oil Company claims that the advance in the price of
gasoline is fully justified by prevailing conditions, that concern has just been granted
permission to issue stock to the amount of $25,000,000 for distribution as a dividend to its
stockholders. This represents the accumulated net surplus profits of the company, and is
the biggest "watermelon" ever cut by a California corporation, having a cash value of
nearly $94,000,000 at current quotations. It will go far to convince the consumer of
gasoline that the price of that article is inflated with a very superior of grade of gas.