SUBMARINE ATTACK – SANTA BARBARA,CALIF.

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SANTA BARBARA,CALIF., FEB.23-(AP)-A SUBMARINE APPEARED TONIGHT NEAR GOLETA,  SOME SEVEN MILES NORTH OF HERE, AND FIRED SHELLS AT AN OIL REFINERY NEAR THE SHORE.

AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE SAID THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES AND NO DAMAGE, AND THAT NO FIRES WERE CAUSED BY THE SHELLING.

POLICE WERE INFORMED THE SUBMARINE APPEARED AT ABOUT 7 O’CLOCK AND THAT THE SHELLING CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.

ASKED BY POLICE ABOUT DAMAGE, THE MANAGER OF THE REFINERY, WHO REPORTED THE INCIDENT, REPLIED:

“I DON’T KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY DODGING SHELLS.”

LOCATION OF THE REFINERY WAS GIVEN AS BETWEENGOLETAAND ELWOOD.

AT LOA ANGELES PRESIDENT L.L.AUBERT OF THE BANKLINE OIL CO., WHICH OWNS THE REFINERY IN THE FIELD, SAID THERE WAS PRACTICALLY NO DAMAGE AND ONLY ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WAS HIT. HE DECLINED TO SAY WHAT THE EQUIPMENT WAS.

EYE-WITNESSES SAID MOST OF THE SHELLS EXPLOED IN A FIELD AND ONE WENT OVER HIGHWAY 101, BURSTING IN THE FOOTHILLS.

THE BARNSDALL AND RIO GRANDE OIL COMPANIES OWN WELLS IN THE AREA.

THE WITNESS POINTED OUT THAT THE SHELLING STARTED ABOUT THE TIME THE PRESIDENT BEGAN TO GIVE HIS FIRESIDE CHAT.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT ENEMY SHELLS HAVE FALLEN ON SOIL OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR NO.2.  IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THERE WAS ONLY ONE ATTACK ON THIS COUNTRY PROPER, AND THAT WAS OF AN INDIRECT NATURE.  A GERMAN U-BOAT ATTACKED A TUGBOAT TOWING BARGES OFFCAPECODEAND SOME OF THE SHELLS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE FALLEN ON THECAPE, AT A POINT NOW MARKED BY A SIGN RECALLING THE INCIDENT.

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