[A New York Paper States]The Illustrated London News, vol. 46, no. 1298, p. 74.
January 21, 1865
A New York paper states that Professor Silliman examined part of Southern California in the summer, and found oil equal in quality to the best in Pennsylvania struggling to the surface and running to waste down the rivers for miles. It has been regarded as a nuisance, rendering barren tracts of land of perhaps a mile square in the midst of a fine agricultural district.