Henry Lucas returned from the East yesterday morning, looking hearty and cheerful, and expressing perfect satisfaction over the results of his trip. In the afternoon a Globe-Democrat reporter had an interview with him and obtained the following story of his work for the new ball club while away:
"...After signing Rowe I went back to New York, where I closed a contract with Dunlap. Rowe brought him there to meet me, at my request."
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, November 25, 1883
This is the earliest reference I have to Dunlap signing with the Maroons. It would be mentioned, with details regarding the contract, in both the Cleveland Herald and the New York Times on November 28, 1883.