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league team in that city? Hal Chase,
Louden, Lord, Roach, Hofman. Dal
ton, Schulz, Krapp, Ehmke are a few
of the stars now attached to the Buf
falo Federal pay roll. Hofman may
not be of major league standard, in
a real major league year (something
that has not been seen lately), but
Dalton topped the National league in
batting the year before he departed
for the Federal ranks.
Of course there will be no argu
ment about the disposition of these
athletes. Not any more than would
be seen if a bevy of tigers, lions and
bears were tossed into one cage and
told to go to it.
Oh, hum. Almost overlooked the
Pittsburgh Feds, which, according'to
the roseate dreams of the peace lov
ers are to be wiped off the baseball
Sure, Pittsburgh has nothing the
other fellows would scrap about.
No, only Ed Konetchy, Mike Mowrey,
Marty Berghammer, Al Wickland,
Steve Yerkes, Rebel Oakes, Kelly,
Barger, Hearne, Dickson, Rogge,-
Don't think much of Mike Mow
rey? Figure him through as a big
league possibility? Well, only about
six teams in the National league
would have looked on red-headed
Mike as a star in his position last
And in the rush we seem to have
overlooked Otto Knabe of Baltimore,
Mike Doolan of the Whales and Runt
Walsh of St Louis, one. of the best
utility men in the business. All of
these former Quaker players are still
fine ballplayers, and the Cubs, at
least, could have employed any of
them in 1915 and would have been
better off than with what they had.
Listing the players in that manner
may give you some idea of the scrap
that may follow any peace agree
ment But only a faint idea, for the
scramble and the bitterness result
ing will approximate a warfare that
has never been equaled in baseball.
There will be no team amalgama
tions. There will be trades, counter
trades and three-cornered and four
cornered swaps, with each club own
er naturally jockeying for the best of
it and some of them being badly
trimmed. The trimmed ones will not
forgive and forget easily. In the
event of peace some of the big league
clubs will go into next season almost
unrecognizable to the fans who fol
lowed them in 1915, which will be no
great hardship to the fans.
Watching the magnates scramblo
is going to provide some fun for the
general public. We doubt if the bugs
will consider the worries of the mag
nates as magnitudinous as the own
ers would wish.
Five American league owners are
now rattling toward New York to en
ter a three-cornered peace confer
ence with representatives of the Na
tional and Federal leagues. The A.
L. meeting was terminated last night
after Barney Dreyfuss of the Pirates
had arrived with the word from New
York, where a preliminary meeting
had been held between Nationals and
The proposed terms of truce are
no different than those which were
named in The Day Book yesterday.
We don't know how accurate they
are. No one does, not even the mag
nates themselves, who, with peace in
sight, can be depended upon to start
an even bigger war about how it
shall be secured.
There will undoubtedly come
some agreement in the next few days
if it is to come at all. Harry Sinclair,
backer of the Newark Feds, the man
who will be angel of the Feds if New
York is invaded, has delivered an
ultimatum to the organized people.
Peace must be declared by Tuesday
or the war between the leagues will
continue for at least another year.
Peace will be reached by Tuesday,
if at all, because the organized peo
ple, especially those in the National
league, are just as eager for peace as
are the Feds. Sinclair is wise enough
to know this. He realizes that the
Feds are almost in 3 position to m.3k9
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