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manager after taking the team within a game of the league cham
pionship. In signing Chance to nmge the New York club, the American
league has played a trump card. And the effect will be more notice
able in six months than at present by short-sighted people like C.
W. Murphy, owner of the Chicago club, who kicked out Chance
when he imagined the famous manager's day of usefulness had
Chance is the highest salaried man in baseball. His annual
wage will be $25,000 a year, twice the sum paid the vice president
of these United States. In addition he will receive 5 per cent of the
net profits of the club, which, if he lands in the first division, ought
to bring him a total of about $32,000 a year, while if he wins a pen
nant and that's just what he is expected to do within three years
his stipend will climb to $40,00, undoubtedly.
All of which beats raising oranges and having them frost
Ever since the American league was organized, its business
policy has been all for all. Was a club in financial trouble? At
once Ban Johnson, president, sought ways and means to put it upon
its feet, and he saw to it that dub owners "chipped in."
When Frank Chance dec'ded he must have a railway presi
dent's wage to return to the game, it was President Johnson and
owner Charles Comiskey of the White Sox who proved toFarrell
that the investment, large as It was, would be a money maker for
his club. And it does not require much imagination to hear John
son assuring the New York owner that the league would produce
the money to make good, should such a. course become necessary.
The situation in the American league is different from that in
the National, which is divided into cliques constantly waging war
upon each other. It is the great reason why the younger organiza
tion has forged steadily ahead, taking advantage of every error of
its older rival, and profiting by the latter's mistakes.
Every National league mignate save Murphy realizes it was a
fatal blunder to let Frank Chart c escape. Probably Murphy knows
it now. It surely is a great !x-ost to the American league to have
Chance, greatest of all baseball leaders, in the organization..
You will have to excuse me for
Young Wife Listen, I'm go
ing to giv a party and dance.
Now, you will have. to show what
. you can do to keep up the reputa
tion of my house. Cook With
pleasure, ma'am ! But I can only
dance the waltz and the polka.
"What did you mean by wak
ing me out of a sound sleep last
night ?" "The sound was too disturbing."