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33 it came along, secured a clove
hitch upon his off foreleg and was
hoisted to fame and financial ease.
Johnson's opportunity was C. A.
Comiskey, then manager of the Reds,
which team was owned by John T.
Brush, also owner of Indianapolis, in
the Western League. Comiskey was
a baseball genius and Johnson real
ized the fact, as he has demonstrated
Comiskey pulled Johnson to high
places. As Johnson was "after"
Brush, Comiskey induced the latter
to make iis friend president of the
Western League. Then Comiskey
bought St. Paul, also SL Western
The expansion bee was buzzing
around "Commy," and he placed a
team in Chicago, starting the base
ball war, with contract jumping, big
salaries and piratical methods. With
the cqming of peace, the American
League was born with Comiskey as
brains, Charlie Somers of Cleveland
as financial backer and Johnson as
A great starter but a poor finisher
is the Falstaffian executive. He
started the ticket and umpire scan
dal investigations, but the only finish
the public saw was so smeared with
whitewash that it was not recoginz
able. It is, said, though, that the end
suited Johnson, as he obtained what
he was after, very much as a politi
cian does, and his pet expression, "for
the good of the game," answered a
multitude of pertinent questions.
Johnson's salary has climbed from
$5,000 a year to $25,000, or so the
American League magnates say with
Johnson prides himself upon being
the dictator of baseball. As president
of his league, he is a member of the
national commission, and the third
member thereof is August Herrmann
of Cincinnati, who votes with John
son, because this gives Johnson un
limited power, which he knows how
to use and he keeps Herrman jol
lied until the hero of many beefsteak-
dinners wears a perpetual smile.
Johnson is credited with forcing C.
W. Murphy, who worked with John
son in Cincinnati and now owns the
Cubs, to give Joe Tinker to Cincin
nati and permit Frank Chance to go
to the American League by threaten
ing to tell some things he knew.
This is called "politics" by some
and "diplomacy" by others.
Twice Johnson has quarreled with
.Comiskey, and while the scrap lasted
Byron never looked the same. Being
a great lover of peace, he was always
ready to have friends bring about a
handshakeing festival at which he
and his mentor renewed old ways.
While Comiskey enjoys his health
Johnson will continue to be a base
ball wiz, but it is sad to think what
would happen should the Old Roman
-decide to retire.
WILSON AND HIS JOB
A man of insight, after a long
journey through seven western
states returned to Washington with
"The folks back yonder are watch
ing Wilson and are saying, 'Why,
that's the man we've been looking
Only five months in office and see
what he has done:
Got the tariff on the toboggan.
Canned the lobby.
Called Wall street's panic bluff.
Started currency reforms.
And handled the Mexican muddle,
as if he had been doing such things
all his life.
These specific things aren't, how
ever, the biggest of his achievements.
The biggest is his taking hold of a
rusty and discredited party machin
ery and making it work for the com
Wife (severely) Is this the fish
you caught? Husband Y-e-s, m'
dear. Wife (shrewdly) Were you
fishing in salt water or fresh? Hus
band I Idon't know, m' dear.
Didn't taste it!