During the progress of the recent negotiations between the Myerson syndicate and Messrs. Dickson and Talbot of Indianapolis with Von der Ahe for the Browns, The Sporting News announced that the chief consideration with Chris was to so arrange matters that he could avoid the payment of his debts as well as the liabilities of his club. Secretary Muckenfuss practically stated this in an unguarded moment and went so far as to make the following admission:
"Mr. Von der Ahe is not at all concerned about what he owes personally, as he is at all intents and purposes insolvent. His real estate is mortgaged to such an extent that his creditors can't realize a dollar on judgments and his personal property is pledged to its full value. What he wants to do is to save something from his base ball interests and his lawyer is hard at work on a scheme with this in view. Then again he is desirous of defeating his wife in an effort to secure alimony. In other words, he don't intend to sell his club or anything he has unless he finds a way to avoid the payments of his debts."
This movement on the part of Von der Ahe confirms the opinion of Mr. John T. Brush that the affairs of Sportsman's Park are in such a rotten condition that it is impossible to give a clear title to its holdings.
-The Sporting News, January 15, 1898
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