"Early in December  Mr. Von der Ahe appealed to me for financial aid. Upon his statement and showing I endeavored to bundle a loan that would place him upon his feet again, but found it impossible and impracticable to do so. He then offered the club for sale. I secured for him a prospective purchaser in the firm of Messrs. Dickson and Talbot, of [Indianapolis,] who were willing to buy his club if it could be delivered to them free of incumbrance at their price...
"While it is true that a local syndicate has long been organized in St. Louis to purchase the franchise at figures which have been made public, Messrs. Dickson and Talbot have in no sense been competitors in their negotiations. They have only entered the field when invited to do so, which has been upon several occasions and have always retired whenever impracticable barriers arose or conditions were imposed that rendered it impossible to continue negotiations.
"The financial affairs of the club are in such condition that it is going to be a very difficult matter for any one to buy it and get a clear and unincumbered title. Suits, judgments, mortgages, claims (known and unknown) make it extremely hazardous to buy, and the refusal of Dickson and Talbot to longer consider the club is due to this fact."
-The Sporting News, January 15, 1898
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