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SUNDAY BASEBALL IMPERILED '
BY FIGHT OF WETS AND DRYS '
Billy Sunday and his offer to save
the" souls of Chicagoans at so much
per soul threatens to be the cause
of much fireworks in the city council
' during the next few months. And
W the worst of it is that the'red-blooded
baseball players and fans may be the
The action of Charley Weeghman,
president of the" Chicago National
League ball team, in negotiating with
Billy Sunday and his reform friends
for the lease of the old West Side
ball park, is the subject of a lot of
inside gossip among the aldermen.
From good sources The Day Book
has. learned that several aldermen
who are lined up with the liberals are
planning to strike at Sunday baseball
if Charley Weeghman continues deal
ing with the professional reform
Aldermen say it would be an easy
matter to shut off all ball playing on
Sundays if the so-called "wet" alder
men wanted to do it. The "wets" are
; in control of the city council. And
the chances are that a few of the
reform aldermen, ( who want blue
laws enforced, wo'uld line up with
- , them.
"Charley Weeghman certainly
pulled a "boner" when he negotiated
with the reform bunch to use the old
cub park as the scene of the cam
paign for a 'dry' town," safd one
"A professional baseball team de
pends on the liberal people for most
- of the attendance at the games. For,
a clubowner to line up with the pro
F fessional reformers is not exactly
playing fair with the crowd who sup
port his team.
"The city council has always been
. generous in its treatment of the base
ball clubs. The aldermen have gone
out of their-way to encourage base-
ball. And if 'Gene Block's proposal
to-plac? a .heavy tax on-professional
baseball clubs had reached the floor
of the council it would have been
overwhelmingly defeated. y
"But now Weeghman has caused a
lot of ill-feeling. Plans are being dis
cussed to enforce the blue laws.
' Others propose that the "liberal" al
dermen get behind Block's taxation
plan and rush it through to pas
sage." Aid. John Toman, Aid. Bowler, Aid.
Healy and several other council
members admitted they had heard
rumors of such action but said they
had taken no part in the discussions
that had been held.
Several of the South Side alder
men don't like the blue law, it Is said,
because it would hurt Charley Co
miskey, boss of the White Sox. Co
miskey is reported to have turned
down a fat offer only lasfsummer to
use his park for open air meetings of
the "dry" forces.
Anto J. Cermak, chief bailiff of
the Municipal court, United Societies
officer and recognized leader of the
libera element of the city was asked
about the report. He said:
"I know that Weeghman's action
is the subject of red-hofc discussion
among a great many of the aldermen.
I also know that the proposition to
shut down baseball on Sundays has
been talked of. But I haven't taken
any part -in those discussions and
couldn't say just what will be done.
Neither has the United Societies
taken any part in the discussion.
There has been no meeting of tie
Societies held since the news of the
negotiations between Sunday and
Weeghman came out. I know that
several of the more liberal aldermen
resent Weeghman's lining up with
Sunday and the reform crowd that
is behind Sunday's coming invasion
of the city."
Washington. Another appeal
from Belgian government for Amer
ica to use its influence against de
portation, of Belgian workers int
Gerniany' received Here,