President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, of the American Association, when asked about King, who has recently signed with the Pittsburg Club, of the National League, said: "I see that he has jumped his contract with St. Louis. After signing a contract for $3,000, which both he and the St. Louis Club entered into in good faith, he suddenly discovered that the contract was illegal. His discovery was based upon an offer from Palmer O'Neill of $5,000 to play with Pittsburg. King has been coached to take the step, on the pretext that the contract is not binding. I am personally responsible to King for his salary, and I have decided upon a line of action to protect my club interests against the trickery that has been resorted to in this case. King will not have smooth sailing in the promise made to give him $5,000 for breaking his contract. I see he is trying to make the people in Pittsburg believe that no amount of money would induce him to play in St. Louis. Why, he told a representative of the St. Louis Club that it was merely a question of money with him and if we paid him as much or more than Pittsburg, we could have him. We refused to pay him $5,000, and he went to Pittsburg. I shall do nothing hasty. His contract to play ball in St. Louis is binding, three attorneys told me, and if I enjoin him, I will do so both in Pennsylvania and Ohio."
-New York Clipper, May 9, 1891
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