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had r'eceive'd tod1 reply from 'Big Six
and ,did not .believe there, was 1 the
slightest chance of landing Matty.
Matty is assured of a job for life
with the Giants if he wants it. Bar
ney Dreyfus has saich-Hans Warier
may remain With the Pirates just as
long as he is able to hobble from the
club house, so the Federals should
make the flying Dutchman an offer.
the next time up.
The Behan deal, though an ap
parent fliwer, has at .least focussed
attention on syndicate -ball in the Na
tional League, and- may result in
action to eradicate -this feature,
which cannot but arouse suspicion
among fans as long as it exists.
In a letter to Taft, Behan said that
before purchasing the Cubs his
clients would demand that Taft
either dispose of all his Cub stock
or all, of the stock he is reported to
hold in the Philadelphia Nationals.
The Chicagoans would not be satis
fied with a majority if Taft still re
tained a bit in two clubs.
This condition did not appeal to
Taft, and he definitely turned down
Behan's demand calls to mind the
Philadelphia scandal when Horace
Fogel was handed his hat by the Na
tional League, Charles Murphy, Fo
gel's friend on paper, being oae of
those who held the deposed gent's
coat so he need not be delayed in
making an exit.
At that time it was declared that
Taft controlled both the Cubs and
Phillies, though the majority of the
stock of the two teams was n,ot in his
name. Whether this is true or not,
several suspicious circumstances
have since arisen.
Tener is being given credit for
forcing Murphy out, and he undoubt
edly was a great factor in the affair.
But there is a belief that will not
down that Taft was the real wielder
of the bull whip. That makes- it ap
pear as though he had a strong string
on the Cub stock, even though Mur
phy was supposed tp own it.
Whether any full investigation of i
the alleged syndicate will be made is
doubtful. It is almost too much- to
hope for. Taft is doing nothing il
legal, of course, but the league will
'not be helped by having two clubs
controlled by the same man.
Initial practice is scheduled for this
afternoon at the White Sox camp in
Paso Robles, Cal., which was reached
by the tired athletes at midnight.
Three days and a half have been
lopped off the training period arrang
ed for the' players, and Gleason will
have to hustle to get them in shape
for the long tour of exhibition games.
Down at Tampa Hank O'Day is
sending his presidentless Cubs
against the St. Louis Browns in the
first of a series of six games, and his
line-up will somewhat resemble that
which will open the season for the
West Side aggregation.
Tommy Leach and Jimmy Laven
der are the only regulars missing.
Schulte reported yesterday after
noon. A new world's plunging record of
:21 3-5 for a 60-foot tank was hung,
up by John P. Lichter of the C. A. A.
in the Central A. A. TJ. meet last
night. The former mark was :22.
Johnny Dundee and Johnny Kil
bane have been matched to fight six
rounds March 26 in Philadelphia.
Almeida, the Cuban outfielder,
formerly with the Reds, has jumped
from Montreal to the Federal League.
"Why don't you brush your hair?"
asked the man of the boy with the
"Ain't got no brush."
"Why don't you use your father's
"He ain't got no brush."
"No brush? Why hasn't he a
"Ain't got no hair." N; Y. World. :
"Link's future went-up in smoke."
"What did he do with all his money?"
"Bought tobacco." I