Secretary [Benjamin] Muckenfuss went to Pittsburg Friday to consult with Mark Baldwin's lawyers about a compromise, as Mr. Von der Ahe has come to the conclusion that it will be futile to longer fight the matter in Court. It is understood that the matter will be arranged to mutual satisfaction in a few days.
-Sporting Life, March 20, 1897
I think that what we have here is a desperate attempt by Von der Ahe to lower the amount that he was going to have to pay. It's very likely that Von der Ahe, going into the 1897 season, was not particularly liquid and didn't have $2525. The Browns would be in receivership in just a few months and Von der Ahe would be fighting to keep control of his club within the year. We're very close to the beginning of the end of Chris Von der Ahe's baseball career and the man was just about out of money.