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members of the Johnson circuit
would carry on a little war of their own. Murphy, according to the American heads, has given baseball enough black eyes and theydemand that he be brought up with a "round turn. One rumor that was seriously con sidered for a time was that Murphy would be forced to relinquish cpntrol of the Cubs, and the team would then be offered to Charles Weeghman, local backer of the Federal League. This one move would crush the Feds and Murphy at the same time. Weeghman killed his end of the deal by declaring he would stick to the Federal League, no matter what happened, and would not accept a franchise in organized ball. Murphy read a letter from Evers before his fellow magnates which he said amounted to a resignation. The magnates couldn't see it that way and sat on the president. Then he arranged a deal with President Gaffney of the Boston Braves, by which Evers was to go there in exchange for. Second Base man Sweeney and Pitcher Hub Per due. The deal was about to go through when Evers stepped in and said he would not agree. John said he would refuse to be a party to any trades which benefited Murphy. And he holds the whip hand. His contracts will stand, and the National magnates, to save the face of their league, must back John up in any action he takes. Murphy issued a statement in which he intimated the fans could chase themselves. He said he cared nothing for mid-winter criticism and would allow no one to force him out of baseball. In the light of the state ments he made recently regarding fhe small fira.ncir.1 retvm.s to be made om owning a ball cl;b r.b.e tenacity v-ith ranch hp 's'k-Ks lo the game :s 'markable. Federal Leaguers are also after Ev ers and have made offers, the amount of which are variously estimated at from $30,000 to 40,000, with an ad vance of $15,000. Joe Tiriker will reach New York today to attempt to persuade his old pal to join the third circuit. The outcome of the whole mess is uncertain, and any one who attempts to forecast the action that will be taken is merely guessing. One thing is certain. Evers will come out ahead of the game. "Personally, I feel very kindly to ward him," says Murphy of Evers in a statement from New York. At that, relieving Johsj of the man agement of the Cubs may have been a kind act. American Leaguers refused to ap point a joint war board to act with the National in combatting the" Fed eral organization, mainly, it is be lieved, because of Murphy's action in firing Evers. It had been planned, at the conclusion of the American meet ing yesterday, the two organized leagues would go into joint session to devise a way of .walloping the new comers. . President Tener was elected, pres ident of the National to insure har mony. The deposing Qf Evers has'brought out the fact that John had no more authority as manager here than has the boss of the Cincinnati Reds. For weeks we- have beeh aiming jibes at the board of directors of Redland for the way they vetoed the acts of Joo Tinker. Right here at heme there vas a better target for the same shafts of wit. Evers was really only director on the field, it develops, and Murphy decided what .players were to stay and which were to be let go. It is sig nificant in the light of the occur rences of the past few days that he .i'ironr.rcd, jus befo-e leaving for Europe. th;.t Evers wuiiiu not have the po'.vc:" to lure imv. U:o players during ins absolve. This restriction resulted in the loss of Joe Tinker to the Cubs and gave the Feds their first big boost.