Mr. Von der Ahe spent not only Sunday, but Monday also in jail, owing to the failure of his friends in St. Louis to come to his assistance with the amount necessary to liberate the magnate. It was reported from St. Louis that the cash was not forwarded because it was feared that other creditors of the embarassed St. Louis man might try to attach the funds before they could be paid on the Baldwin claim.
On Monday it became apparent that the National League would have to come to Mr. Von der Ahe's aid. Indeed, President Robison, of Cleveland, foresaw that on Saturday, on which day he wired President Young a request for a mail vote in the National League on the proposition to advance Mr. Von der Ahe sufficient money to liquidate his indebtedness. On Monday, when it became apparent that Von der Ahe's friends at home had deserted him. President
Watkins Went To Work
in Chris' behalf. He wired President Freedman, of the New York Club, asking if the United States Fidelity and Casualty Company would go on Mr. Von der Ahe's bond. Mr. Freedman, who is the resident director of that company, replied that the New York Base Ball Club stood ready to go in with the other League clubs and pay the sum owed by the St. Louis magnate, the money to be loaned or given outright, as the majority of the members saw fit. Then came a message from President Young saying that he was taking a telegraph vote on the proposition of President Robison, of Cleveland, that the amount of Von der Ahe's indebtedness be paid out of the League's reserve fund and repaid by the St. Louis Club at the rate of 10 per cent. per game until settled next season.
To this message Mr. Freedman wired that New York was for paying its share out of the fund, regardless of any guarantee from St. Louis. Mr. Watkins telegraphed the substance of this to Nick Young at Washington, and Young wired back that the League would stand behind any action Watkins took. This means that if Von der Ahe cannot settle, the amount will be divided among the League magnates for final payment.
-Sporting Life, February 19, 1898
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