They are refusing money.
The spectacle of a baseball owner
or owners looking doubtfully at
. money is something we have never
seen before. But these Cincinnati
gents are .doing that very thing. They
say they don't want money for Tink
er. They want flayers. So does ev
eryone else connected with diamond
Therepre the directors have met
and solemnly overruled Herrmann
telling him he had no" 'authority td
dispose; Qf Tinker for filthy money.
Naturally, Ebbets is peeved. He
was" counting on a big dedication
next season. He signed the agree
ment with Herrmann in good faith,
and claims there can he no withdraw
al by the Cincinnati club.
Mr. Ebbets should remember that
the Cincinnati club can do most ahy-
i thmg but play ball.
'A - One thing is certain: If the Cin
cinnati club repudiates the deal Eb
bets will make a holler, and Presi
dent Tener will immediately .get a
taste of N. L. politics that will make
his- head swim. He is beginning to
earn his money early.
In the meantime, Murphy is stick
ing around the Cdge of the turmoil,
waiting for something to happen. He
has hopes that the muddle will result
in Tinker coming to the Cubs. Every
one in Chicagois with him in the
But Ebbets is going to put up a
. fight. He seems to have the right end
of the mess, and it will take some
swell intrigue, even for the National
League, to pry him loose from Joey.
Tinker is keeping quiet. He doesn't
care how much they argue. It makes
him more valuable.
Curses! The report that Carl Mor
ris "was to retire from the sing is un
true. He fights in New Mexico
These- New Mexicans have a swell
idea of what makes a Merry Xiuas.
Young McQowan walloped Kayo
tended as Brown's first step in a
Tilly Shafer, the Sew York Giant
utility player, is through with base
ball again. Shafer's family is weal
thy, and he says he must take care
of his father's estate in California.
TiHy retired last year because lady
fans sent him violet-tinted mash
notes. He stayed "retired" for as
much as 48 hours.
Johnny Kilbane has signed to fight
in Milwaukee New Year's day, and
the merry game of picking an oppo
nent for him is under way. So far the
featherweight" champion is only
scheduled to meet Abe Attell and
Charley White. Before the end of
the week it is easily possible fiat half
a score of pugs can be matched with
the title holder--on paper.
Kilbane woultf really like to meet
Attell. He is not afraid of either
White or Wolgast, but, aside from
the fact that Attell is a man of his
own weight, Iplbane has a certain
amount of sentiment about the affair.
Johnny is golngto get his share of
the money, no matter who'he fights
He is not wbrrying ott'that score.
But he wants the shortr'ehd of the.
purse to go to Attell.
vAttell is not in good financial con
dition. He could recoup with what
he would get out of a meeting with
Kilbane. Johnny won his crown from
Attell, and' for that reason wants to.
give the little Hebrew a chance at
Gus Schoenlein (Americus) flop
ped Paul Martinson in straight faljs,
at the Empire theater. The time was1
27 minutes and iy2 seconds. It was
BASKETBALL SCORES '
Hyde Park, 17; "Bowen, 12.
North Division, 57; Lake View, 9.
Austin, 10; Englewoodj, 9.
Lightweight. ( ,
Bowen, 16; Hyde Park, 12.
Lake View, 29; Schwa; 10.
Englewood, 37; North Division, 12.'
Austin, 13; McKlnley, 9.
New .York last night. This was in-1
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