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¶Up 1¢ a pack went the "15¢" brands of cigarets last week— from 10½¢ to 11½¢. For once the price change was not the work of American Tobacco's George Washington Hill. This time it was retailers, long-suffering non-combatants in the war between makers of "15¢" brands and the makers of "10¢" brands (which were boosted to 10½¢).

Schulte, United Cigar, Liggett and most small dealers joined in the price-upping, hoped that Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. would see fit to follow. Tobacco men believed that the move had at least the tacit approval of...

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