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unless all of the other owners in the
circuit, as well as the ballplayers who
have thrown their fortunes with the
'outlaws," are safeguarded.
If the word of the Fed promoters is
to be taken, nearly a hundred ath
letes employed by organized clubs
have jumped to the new combination.
Jt would be manifestly unfair to these
players for the Fed's to step from un
der, leaving the diamond performers
without any protection whatever.
There has been no indication from
the actions of Fed officials in the past
that they will submit to any proposi
tion from the organized powers that
means their elimination from base
ball. They have proven themselves to
be fine, upstanding fighters, and have
not taken water in any case so far.
National League magnates are
meeting in New York today to frame
a schedule, but it is a cinch that the
invasion of the Feds will be the main
topic of discussion. A meeting of
American magnates is slated for to
morrow, and the plan then was for a
combined conference Thursday..
The Federal visit, however, is liable
to put a different complexion on mat
ters. It would not be surprising if the
Gilmore - Weeghman contingent
marched right into the lions' den
when they reach New York, in this
case the Waldorf Hotel, where the
baseball men are making their head
quarters. Something will break in the situa
tion late this afternoon, as the Fed
backers should reach New York
around 12 o'clock. In the meantime
there is nothing to do but wait
Dreams are plentiful, and any one
can have one for the pleasure of
manufacturing it. And the beauty of
the whole question is that one dream
is as good as another, and circum
stances can be brought forward to
support most any kind of a report.
Organized magnates in New York
were as much surprised as any one
at the news that the Feds were on
their way. They all declared the rea
son for the visit was a mystery.
President Murphy of the Cubs is
dead set against a proposition to cre
ate another major league, with a
team in Chicago. In this attitude he
is, for once, the only big league mag
nate who is acting consistently with
the utterances that have been torn
off in the past few weeks.
Nearly every major club owner in
the country, since the Feds became
prominent, has affected to be sorry
for the newcomers, and has pulled a
poor mouth about the money that
was lost in the game each season.
They have wasted a lot of sympathy
declaring that they didn't see .how a
third team could make money in any
And now they come to a direct
about-face, and plan to start a third
league of their own. Apparently the"
organized powers were not sincere in
their declarations about the small
Murphy and Ebbets will fight their
hardest to prevent the creation of
this third league under the control
of the national commission. They
will&ave the support of St. Louis and
New York, and probably Pittsburgh
and Philadelphia in their objections.
Take it any way you will, there is
sure to be some fighting in New York
within the next few days. If the Feds
don't fight the organization, then the
organization will stage a little scrap
within its own ranks.
President Sorriers of the Cleveland
team, also owner of Toledo in the
American Association, denies there is
any intention of shifting the Mud
hens to the Forest City. He is silent,
however, on the proposition that in
the event of the creation of another
league the Toledo franchise may be
shifted to Chicago.
While all this political stuff is be
ing pulled, mere managers of the
Feds are still at work signing players.
Arthur Wilson, Giant second string
catcher, was signed yesterday to play
Manager Bradley of Toronto and
Pilot Scllafly of Buffalo were in Chi-