Clipping:War is averted

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Date Sunday, January 25, 1885

Some light was thrown upon the base ball situation yesterday by the arrival of Mr. Lucas from New York, where he had been in attendance upon the league meeting. The same train brought Congressman John J. O’Neill also. The latter had represented Mr. Von der Ahe in New York, and under instructions from him had gone before the league and gave a wartime speech. This did not awe the gentlemen in convention, as was anticipated, but appeared to have the contrary effect. At the gathering of the American association representatives and in the lobbies of the hotel it was apparent that these gentlemen were not willing to go to the length of war to support Mr. Von der Ahe, and as war seemed inevitable in case Mr. V on der Ahe should remain obstinate, Mr. O’Neill determined to come out to St. Louis, to see what he could do with Mr. Von der Ahe. The two were closeted all yesterday morning, and in the afternoon Mr. Norker and other directors of the Sportsman’s Park association joined them. As a result of their consultation Mr. O’Neill waited upon Mr. Lucas late in the afternoon with a proposition, the nature of which could not be ascertained. It is understood that it contained a demand for money for the favorable vote of the St. Louis club on the amendment to the National agreement, but the amount was not learned... (St. Louis) Missouri Republican January 25, 1885

[reporting on the AA special meeting] [a message from Von der Ahe:] To the President and Directors of the American Association: The difficulties between H. V. Lucas and myself having been amicably adjusted, I hereby withdraw my objections to the admission of the League club in the city of St. Louis. Very respectfully, Christ Von der Ahe.

The next matter was a preamble and resolution, which was adopted, and reads:

Whereas, Mr. A. G. Spalding, of the Chicago Base-ball Club, has signified his willingness for the admission of an American Association club in the city of Chicago; therefore be it

Resolved, That the committee appointed to confer with the League be directed to obtain from the League committee a pledge of permission for the American Association, of so desiring, to locate a club in a city where a League club now exists.

The meeting then adjourned till two o'clock. Cincinnati Enquirer January 28, 1885

Reach on the reserve; the relative strengths of the NL and AA

[quoting Al Reach] I think the reserve law stands—at least I hope so. The best players, by all odds, are in the League, and if there was a war we League managers could not approach a player in another League club. We would have to steal from the Americans, and outside of possibly a dozen American players the League would have nothing to work on, while the American clubs could better themselves with out players very materially. In other words, if the two associations began 'stealing' players the Americans could approach at least seventy-five or one hundred of our players that would be better than what they have, while we would only have about a dozen to pick from. Cincinnati Enquirer January 27, 1885

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