At a meeting of the directors of the Sportsman's Park and Club, held Monday night, B.F. Muckenfuss was deposed from the presidency and, it is said, Von der Ahe will be elected to the vacancy. The directors at the meeting were John W. Peckington, vice-president, Chris Von der Ahe, Charles P. Higgins and Ed Joy. Mr. Von der Ahe is the only stockholder of any importance among them. The reason given by Von der Ahe and his henchmen for this summary action is that Muckenfuss is "doing us dirt and is in a combine to throw us down at the League meeting..." Muckenfuss claims that the meeting was illegal and that his decapitation amounts to nothing anyhow, as his powers as receiver make him supreme. He denies that he is fighting Chris or has in contemplation any underhanded transaction.
The club is hard pressed for money, $900 being due for taxes and $1,875 for nine months rent. Unless this money is forthcoming this week Moffet and Franciscus, the agents for the Lindell estate, threaten to take possession of the park.
-The Sporting News, November 26, 1898
So to summarize the Muddle as of the fall of 1898: the Browns couldn't pay their bills, the SPCA didn't own any land and the St. Louis Base Ball Club could be kicked out of the NL upon the agreement of the other clubs. Von der Ahe was bankrupt and fighting tooth and nail to hold on to the only asset he still believed he had - the NL franchise rights in St. Louis. Soon, the League and the courts would disabuse him of the idea that he still had in control of those rights.