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"Wheat War Is Hot," 1897

"Wheat War Is Hot," 1897
Philip Armour used his tremendous grain storage capacity on Goose Island and across the country to break another attempted corner on the wheat market in 1897-98. His adversary in 1897 was Joseph Leiter, the son of Levi Z. Leiter, a successful Chicago merchant. Armour even hired tugboats to keep the water open in the Duluth harbor until grain vessels could bring the wheat to Chicago.