Dunlap is another of your would-be capitalists. He likes money and saves it. One thousand dollars meant a good deal to him, but it is questionable if two months' pay at $3,500 is worth six months at $2,100 or so. That's what it means. The Unions will never finish the season, and must break up after at most a month or two of play. Then Dunlap will be in the position of a man with a talent for which there is no field, for he will be expelled by the old associations...
But Dunlap is of good habits, a fine player, and though with no book learning, knows what is good for Fred Dunlap. He'll return.
-Cleveland Herald, January 7, 1884
The Herald was rather harsh on Dunlap and the other players who signed with the UA but, even taking into account their bias, I like their description of Dunlap's capitalistic character. They were correct in stating that Dunlap knew what was best for Dunlap. The problem with their analysis is that they had a different view of what was best for Dunlap than Dunlap did.