President Von der Ahe's condition has aroused the sympathy of his fellow magnates of the National League and American Association, and the wires have been kept busy during the past few days for the purpose of raising a sufficient amount of money to get the St. Louis man out of his troubles at Pittsburg. Frank De Haas Robinson, president of the Cleveland Club, was the first of the magnates to take an interest in the matter, and President Freedman, of the New Yorks, quickly fell into line. Mr. Freedman says that the New York Club would pay its pro rata share in raising money - between $4,000 and $5,000 - towards liquidating Von der Ahe's debt. Mr. Freedman said his club would provide its share, either in the way of a loan to the St. Louis man or would donate it outright, which ever the major league agreed upon. It is therefore evident that, if the other ten clubs show the same willingness to assist a member in distress as the New York Club, Von der Ahe will soon be free of his Pittsburg trouble. As we go to press we have received word that President Brush, of the Cincinnati Club, and other magnates have decided to relieve Mr. Von der Ahe from his present dilemma.
A dispatch from St. Louis, Mo., dated Feb. 14, says: "Ex-Congressman John M. Glover appeared before the Grand Jury today as counsel for Chris Von der Ahe in the kidnapping affair of which the Baseball magnate in the spectacular victim. Glover was loaded down with legal documents and surrounded by an air of mystery. President Muckenfuss, of the club, did not go before the Grand Jury today, as he was arranging to telegraph money to Pittsburg to procure Von der Ahe's release. Later in the afternoon Glover filed a claim in the Circuit Court for $50,000 damages, which he claims have been inflicted on Von der Ahe by the latter's forcible detention and abduction from the State. The prayer for this judgment is filed as a counter claim to the suit brought by Mark Baldwin, who several weeks since instituted proceedings here on the judgment of $2,725.09 for false imprisonment previously obtained at Pittsburg. Von der Ahe denies all the allegations in this additional suit, and bases his counter claim on an averment that Baldwin instigated the kidnapping affair.
-New York Clipper, February 19, 1898
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