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The art of well drilling had been perfected long years before the drilling of the Drake well near Titusville. Definite oil markets and definite oil-price quotations were already in existence and on file. Natural gas was actively in industrial use. All this does not detract in the slightest from the accomplishment of Colonel Drake, who sold petroleum to an eagerly awaiting public at the opportune moment, thereby practically revolutionizing first the lighting problem and later the transportation problem.
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