The case of the Mississippi Valley Trust Company vs. the Sportsman Park and Club, to set aside the receivership of Muckenfuss, came up last Thursday before Judge Spencer in the Circuit Court. William Kinnerk, Chris Von der Ahe's attorney, contended that the one great question involved is as to the ownership of the base ball franchise. He asked for a continuance to procure depositions from Washington and other Eastern cities on the matter of ownership. Attorney Muench stated that Receiver Muckenfuss was willing to give the Von der Ahe side some time to take depositions in Washington and elsewhere to prove the real ownership of the St. Louis base ball franchise in the National League, but, as $40,000 worth of property was up in the meantime, he wanted these depositions taken without delay. Judge Spencer granted a continuance until Jan. 5. This action is looked upon as a move to stave off the inevitable, for if Chris fails, and it is generally believed he will, Muckenfuss will advertise the property for sale and dispose of it at auction in 20 days.
-Sporting Life, December 31, 1898
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