The members of the Empire Base Ball Club arrived from Freeport yesterday morning at 4 o’clock, greatly pleased with their excursion. They speak in unmeasured terms of praise of the generous hospitality extended to them by the citizens of Freeport, and by the members of the Freeport Club.
The match game, which was witnessed by six thousand people, and in which the St. Louis club came out champions, was one of the most spirited ever played in the West. There were present representatives from the Julien Club, Dubuque, Garden City Club, Chicago, Eagle Club, Laporte, Ind., and the Rockford Club. After a splendid dinner, speeches were made by Col. T.J. Turner, of Freeport; J.R. Scroggs, editor of the Freeport Bulletin, R. Little, and by Capt. J. Fruin of the St. Louis Empire Club.
The St. Louis boys were also invited to partake of the hospitality of the fine residence of Col. J.W. Shaeffer, late of Gen. Butler’s staff, but, owing to the lateness of the hour, the invitation was declined. The St. Louis boys desire an opportunity to reciprocate the attentions received from the Freeport people at the earliest opportunity.
-Missouri Republican, July 7, 1865
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