With the oil shortage threatening to close school doors at Boston College and several local high schools, temporary relief was obtained yesterday when the Navy released some of their reserve supply of the precious fuel for civilian consumption. Harvard seemed reasonably free from danger of a freeze. Exhaust steam from the Cambridge Electric Company, which warms Crimson buildings, is coal-generated, and so far not closed off by war conditions.
Only enough fuel to last till tomorrow was on hand at B. C. and the other schools were even nearer closing. The empty bunkers throughout the Boston area yesterday caused Governor Saltonstall to call on Petroleum Administrator Ickes for the emergency help.
Several months ago the University converted to coal all heating systems outside the Cambridge Electric steam chain. This included outlying parts, such as the Medical School, which had used oil.