CONSERVATION: Oil Contrivance

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It is illegal for two oilmen in one State to agree with two oilmen in another State to limit their joint production of crude petroleum. Their agreement, the U. S. holds, is a conspiracy in restraint of trade.

But it is perfectly legal for the first two men to make an oil-production agreement within their State, and the other two men to make a similar agreement within their State, and then for the two States to join those agreements together into an interstate compact or treaty.

Some such plan for the...

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