A Classification of American Wealth
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  The great plug war and Continental Tobacco Company 

... James B. Duke was now ready to fight the Great Plug War, a prolonged period of price competition, destined to unnerve the major players and bring them under the umbrella of his trust. The biggest plug tobacco producer was Liggett & Myers of St. Louis with a 27 million pounds per year capacity, followed by Drummond, also of St, Louis, P.J. Sorg of Middletown Ohio and the venerable P. Lorillard & Co of New York and Jersey City. These three firms had a combined output of


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