MONOPOLY: The Match Game

This week the finger of justice was leveled once more at long-dead Ivar Kreuger. He was named, dead or alive, as a coconspirator in an antitrust complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against 18 match corporations and match kings.

The naming of Swedish Match King Kreuger was historically appropriate. But it was more appropriate that the No. 1 corporate defendant should be the U.S.'s Diamond Match Co., and that the first individual named was Diamond's secretive, 67-year-old engineer president, William Armstrong Fairburn. Match King Fairburn, who works most of the time...

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