In a conversation with President Muckenfuss, of the [Browns,] I learned that there were no propitious deals on hand that looked for the transfer of the St. Louis Club's franchise from Trustee Von der Ahe's hands.
The daily papers are devoting much space to articles treating of the consummation of different deals. One day the people of St. Louis are led to believe that a local combine is figuring with Von der Ahe to gain control; the following day we hear of foreign capitalists who are interested in bringing a good ball club to this city. Oliver Tebeau and his great tribe of wonders are looked for at any hour to begin operations with all competitors according to some of these well-informed (?) newspaper men. All is nothing more than conjecture as precious little is printed which bears the stamp of authenticity.
avers that Von der Ahe holds the fort and will continue to do so for the present at least. The rumors that players are not in possession of their salaries is no doubt true, but it is hoped that the recent improved game that the locals are putting up will, combined with good weather, be the means of swelling the gate receipts to such an extent that all claims of the players will be paid in full. In the meantime they are losing no sleep over the matter. They know that they are protected in their claims by the League, and the utmost harmony prevails between the management and the players.
-Sporting Life, August 13, 1898
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