From St. Louis comes news of fresh complications in the affairs of the harassed St. Louis Club. It is now made clear that Chris Von der Ahe has fallen out with his former "fides achates," Receiver Muckenfuss, accusing the latter of playing favorites in the matter of creditors. He is going to oust Muckenfuss if he can. Chris says a desperate game is being played to squeeze him out of his possessions, the extent of which is problematical. He says the corporation is indebted to him for over $100,000, and that the receivership is wholly unnecessary, and was obtained through fraudulent representations. Bondholders are trying to get possession of the franchise without regard to realty interests. Chris says the capital stock of the corporation was paid for by him in actual cash, and that he had lost his private fortune in trying to make it pay. Muckenfuss' administration as receiver has not been satisfactory to him. He objects to "Muck" releasing the players on Oct. 10 and paying them to Oct. 15, for which he will ask the court to refund him $1200. His action in selling Pitcher Taylor to Cincinnati is also attacked, the court being asked to set aside the sale and to order Taylor to report in the spring. Exception is also taken to Muckenfuss' employing the bondholders' attorneys as his legal advisers. The fight promises to be interesting not only to the St. Louis Club, but to the National League.
-Sporting Life, November 19, 1898
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