A Classification of American Wealth
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  The Rutter Circular and war with the Empire Transportation Co 

five major pipeline companies made an agreement with the four principal railroads (New York Central, Erie, Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio) to raise official freight rates of oil almost to the level set in the days of the South Improvement Company and to grant a rebate of 22 cents on oil coming from the five major pipeline systems. This agreement, known as the "Rutter Circular", strongly induced the producers to hook onto one of the major pipeline operators and thereby forced the smaller pipelines


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