The testimony of President Nick E. Young, of the National Base Ball League, was given yesterday before a notary public in the suit brought by the Mississippi Valley Trust Company, and which involves the ownership of the franchise of the St. Louis Base Ball Club. Mr. Young's testimony was taken in the interest of Mr. Von der Ahe, and was to the effect that the latter alone had been recognized by the National League either individually as the owner of the club or as the trustee of the St. Louis Base Ball Association.
-Sporting Life, January 14, 1899
The only desire of the National League, as a whole, is that a first-class club be placed in the Mound City the coming season. If Mr. Von der Ahe cannot do this it is the intention of several of the Western magnates to lend a helping hand to someone else. From the present aspect of affairs it looks as though the only way out of the trouble would be for the parties in opposition to Mr. Von der Ahe to buy out his interests or allow him a certain share in the new organization.