Fred Dunlap has determined to go to St. Louis. Last week he signed a two years' contract with Lucas, receiving for his first year $3,200 and $4,000 for the second year, the largest salary ever paid a ball player.-[Philadelphia Item.]
-Cleveland Herald, March 12, 1884
The best evidence I have is that Dunlap signed a contract with the Maroons in late November of 1883 and the reports at the time state that his salary for the first year was either $3,400 or $3,500, with $1,000 in advance. And, of course, he was going to get paid even in the event of his death.