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tT—HBP^PVWPW r ^+w ••• •• BASEBALL MATTERS. INTERESTING OOSSIP AND COMMENT OF NATIONAL GAME. A K«w Ors«Dlz»llou Smld to He in Boaro of Conilraotloa for No«l Ynar — KmU W«utf .,« 09 TO*** MB confidential adviser and champion of the New York club. Mr. 0. P, _Cnylpr, claims to !h aT <T u n e arthed ^another "conspiracy against the life of organized base ball," as he graphically calls it in the New York Her-' Ida. Here Is the glory fold* by the rather excitable, suspicious and too credulous New Yorker,: "Conspirators headed by several of th« leaders of the lost brotherhood c*iue have been, and are now, eagerly working In efforts to organize an eight «lot> base ball association In opposition to the National league. They will deny It, of course, Just as they denied the Players' league plot when it was prematurely exposed In the £all of 1889. But that plans for another base ball reTolmlon have been laid and discussed there is not the shadow of a doubt. "I may go so far as to eay that 'AT Johnson, known as the "Brotherhood Orphan," Is expected to look to the Brooklyn corner or the new concern, It will be remembered that this trolley car magnate said last winter thut he controlled a ground In the neighborhood of the old base ball field at Washington park, which would make a site i club home far superior to Eastern fleldlug performances' he has been •credited with thus far this season was the making of five eaSe hits, Including one triple and four double baKKOrs. In a game with the Columbus.team, May 9, at Indianapolis. In the first three games between the Columbus and Indianapolis teams at Columbus, May 4, 5, 6, ho. accepted nil Of twenty-flvo Cliances at second " THEATRICAL GOSSIP. CURRENT NOTES AND COMMENT OF PtAYS AND PLAYERS. Runlo Wants Trouble. ••-*»• Rusie snlcl recently that he would do nothing further until he had heard officially from his attorney, John M. Ward. Rusle Intimated, however, that he will b^ing clvl^fiijjt^against ^reed- man Tor the"$555 salary withheld, and claims to have a good case in court. The matter will be put in "Ward's hands for collection. Rusle said, further, that under no circumstances would he play ball with the New York team, and ho will quit the iiiamond rather than^jo into Preedman's" employ again. Asked It he would go with any other team if Frecdman sold his release, he said ho would have to consider the matter. Under no consideration will he play with another team unless Freedman shall- first pay to him the $200 deducted from his salary In fines. Last spring Rusio was offered a position with an eastern sporting goods house as traveling salesman. He will accept that offer If nothing else presents itself. >ew York'i Star Pitcher. W. H. Clark, at p resent the star pitcher of the New York club, was born January 7, 1865, at Oswego, N. Y. His.first professional engagement was Bchoeffel & Grau. "The new conspirators have an Idea that success this time is made possible on account of the supposed dissatisfaction which exists among the minor leagues with their treatment under the new National agreement. They hope to have the co-operation of the Eastern, New England, Western and Southern leagues In a fight against the National league. Pretty much the same tactics are already being used which marked the Initiatory work of organizing the Playere' league. Jt will be remembered that copies of scores of National league telegrams found their way Into the hands of the Brothehood tlnbs In the winter of 1889-90. That leak' Is again In operation." Further deponent eayeth not. The Question now Is whether there is anything In Mr.' Caylor's alarming tale or whether that gentleman has been again eeelng spooks. Our own Impression Is that the Don Quixote of base ball la once-more engaged In a battle with a wlDd-mlll. 1 A Star Second B«irm«n. Asa Stewart, the clever second baseman of the Indianapolis team of the Western league, was born at Terre Haute *Ind,, In 1SG9, and learned ,to ptay .ball at his native place. His first professional engagement was with the Terre'Haute team In, 1889. In 1890 -he was with the Anderson team of the Indiana State league, and his excellent •11-around work materially aided his elub In winning the pennant of Its league that year. In 1891 he began the •eaaon with the Oconto club of the Wisconsin league, but finished It with the Fond du Lac team of the same league, taking -part that year in eighty-three at the ninety championship games played, In fifty-seven of which he played second base, and In the other twenty-six he filled various other petitions on the nine.. In 1892 he was with the Oshkosh club of the Wisconsin league. In 1893 he was connected with the Easton team of the Pennsylvania State league. In 1894 he was .a member of the Sioux City team, who won the championship of the Western league, *hat year taking part In one fciindred and twenty-three champion. »fc»p games, In all except one of which • i« played second base. His excellent work that season' attracted the attention of the officials of .the Chicago club of the National league and American •Moclatlon, and he was drafted by that elnb for the season of 1895, taking part that year with the Chlcagos In ninety. A9A STEWART. j«Ten championship, contests, In all of •wtlch he played second base. This Mir the club having « surplus of yUyeri on ita pay roll*, Stewart was mmmt a number of play»r» that wen HlMied early In the iMion. and wa» ; Immediately ilfned by the Indlanapolli' . . • id> of the Western lefctue, and he hM W..H. CLAflK with a team that represented Norwich In the Central New York League In 1886 he beginning the season with that club, but finishing it with the Oswego team, of the International Association:. In. 18S7 Clark began the season with. Sandusky and finished with Des Moines. He began the season of 1888 with Chicago, but was soon released and signed with Omaha, with which he remained continuously until the end of 1891. In 1892 Clark was a member of the Toledo team, of the Western League. In 1893 he helped the Erie club, of the Eastern League, to win the championship by pitching in eighteen consecutive victories. In 1894 he joined the New York club, for whom ha has played since. KoWioiT. Ire II Up. A Cleveland special of recent date says: President Robison came to town In a rage over the fining of Tebeau by the League directors. Said he regarding the matter: "I am now preparing a statement In which I will make known a few facts that the magnates of the National League will dislike to see in print. I would like to know by what authority these men got together and fined one of my players $200 without even notifying me that they were about to consider his case. What court In the land would attempt to hold trial on a man without : notlfylng him and giving him a chance to defend himself? I will say to you now.that Oliver Tebeau will not pay one dollar of that fine, that I will .not pay one dollar of it, and that Tebeau will play in every game In which the Cleveland club plays this season. As far as the law business Is concerned, I will give them all of that they want, too. If Dr. Stuckey, Mr. Jim Hart and the others have stared out to purify base ball I will be with them. I will take a hand in the purifying business, too, and I will show up some of the 'rottenness' of the National League. They have Injured the reputation of Tebeau, as well as that of, the Cleveland club,:to an irretrievable extent, and we. are' going to 'have satisfaction." ,. ' ^ Dlimond .pnlt. . , • To Roger Connor has been given the herculean.task of getting together for St Louis a championship team for next season. Stirred by the success of Captain Swing with a team that two years ago was traveling In the St. Louis stakes, Chris Von der Ahe has decided that Ewl'ng'g old side partner can do Just as well with the Browns. It Is a fact that .players of the McPhee order—stars in their respective .positions—never make errors on hard plays. They never fall down on plays .of the kind on which' ordinary players make their errors. It le on little simple plays of the kind on which one would not expect the veriest amateur to make an error that these kings of the diamond trip .up on. . . While on the subject of the Cleveland rowdylira at Louisville why don't lomo of th» writer* who abuse the Cleveland men take breath long enough to rwnwnbw that perhnpi 11 the Louli- not wwrtefl to the usaporti- Atiinrd S»lnrlei raid lor the Cie of High Sounding Nomoi — Wernhardt to Manuice llenolf—A New P»rl« Favorite, HAT applies to the legitimate stage ay- plies equally well to grand opera. It w fcW ».«^.*-''* £• la ( the present ab- \ surd system of pay- 1 n g ex travagant prices for singers' services that brought about'the recent bankruptcy of Messrs. Abbey, DUllUCJLd *».«*— — *U I/ J J1,GOO a performance !s not only Idiotic but criminal, not on the part.or the managers, who simply supply the demand, but on the part of our millionaires, who encourage the. system by paying fantastic prices for their boxen and seats.' Think of what |1,600 means! Thousands and thousands of good Americans are happy to make that much in a year, but Jean de Resz- ke or Madame Calve can make It in a couple of hours. What Is more, they do not spend the money here, but take it out of the country. We actually lose |1000,000 a year by paying these absurdly high prices to singers.. Why are these prices paid? Simply for names, not for voices. : Granted that Jean de Reszke Is the finest tenor living, and Is worth even more than he receives, is It necessary that our managers should employ the services of such an expensive artist? There are plenty of tenors In France and Italy who would sing for- one-tenth part of what De Reszke gets, and w.ho could give just as muclu. pleasure to those who go to the opera to enjoy opera, for itselt. They do not pay these extravagant prices abroad, yet the Abbey and Grau productions could not compare, from the point of artistic ensemble, with the productions of opera In the great continental" centers. It . is indisputable that while the productions at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, were remarkable for the big naroea in the cast, the minor details of each production were sadly neglected,, particularly with regard to.the chorus and the ballet. It is the same with,our opera- goers as with our play-goers. They go to see the singers, 'not to listen to the opera. Bornhardt to M»«»T« H»r«If. Sarah Bernhardt says that If she returns to America for another tour she will manage herself. That la to say, she will engage some one at- so much a week to attend to her business affairs, Instead of farming herself out to Abbey, Schoeffel & Grau, as heretofore, and this r.tep, it Is aaH, was determined upon long before that firm failed. I 'have never been able to comprehend why actors of. International .fame like Bernhardt &nd Irving, need managing. 'Eheir names alone procure them the best booking throughout the country, and.they do not need ; the endorsement of an important managerial firm as do Rejane, Coquelln, or iMounet-Sully, whose success here is largely a matter of speculation. The difference to the star Is, of .course, con- olderable, for while a business manager can be procured for a modest salary, a big manager shares In the receipts, and takes from the star-thousands of dollars. The only apparent advantage to the star In being under the wings, of a big manager is that the latter Is usually willing to give the artist a guarantee, but Irving and Bernhardt do not need guarantees. Theater-goers flock to see their performances In the same spirit in which they go to the circus. .. M«Bjle Mitch«ll'« lace Mor. Alma Alken-Mathewa. Is the daughter of the well-known actor, Frank B. Alken. She made her professional debut In the role .of Sam Willoughby, In her father's production of "The Ticket of Leave Man." She next Joined'Fanny Davenport's company, In which she played "minor roles. The following season she appeared with Louis James and Marie Walnwright in their Shakespearean repertory. Following thl» I Cut Prices If you want a 3 minute CREAM FREEZER, A BICYCLE, A REFRIGERATOR, A Screen Door, A Window Screen Or anything in the Hardware line at CUT PRICES, this wtek call on JOHN T. FUNEGIN'S, 310 Market Street. line of business, character work, she now especially aspires, and has reason to hope that therein ehe may win laet- Inf fam«.' " ^ H»mm«riteln'« K«w Op»r«. "Marguerite," the spectacular opera- ballet, which has been running at the Olympla Music hall, New York, for several months, is the product of Oscar Hammersteln's fertile brain. Mr. Hammerstein wrote both the music ind libretto of the opera, devised many ot the different dances, and says he even composed the scenery. It Is a beautiful production, and many of the dancing Bets are decidedly original. One of the most effective is "The Village Wedding," with its quaint costumes of many years ago. .This Is the .only,set which has a leader. The little fiddler who plays while the wedding party executes a 'graceful dance is Miss Luclle Sturges, -whose dainty figure and pretty face are familiar to all who have seen this opera-ballet. She IB only sixteen years old, and haa been seen In several similar productions; Mr. Hammerstein will have a part for her In the new opera he is writ- Ing. ; .. • A New Parll FnvorlM. Among the latest .favorites, on the Paris stage Is Mile. Jahne; a portrait of whom appears In this article. Mile. Jahne, who is-now one of the -most prominent members of the Theatre-du Gymnase company, made her debut ALMA -AIKBN-MATHEWS, engagement ghe:pla>.e ; d.-aoubrette. parts in Edward 'Harr!gah> company, and next, taking up lieayy business, ihe played the adventuress In "Mixed PlckU*" with J B Polk Subieo.u«nt- ly she pl»y*4 leading rota under W MLLB.JAHNE. at the Theatre de.rOdeon,in 1884, Since that time she-has been Identl- fled.with the jiroductlona of• a great number of BuecenDttl playn She was s member of the Theatre du Vaude- AQENTS AT UOQAN8PORT FOB _ Headmbe, ill the rwult of thinking where I can lind a nne t>- oentclstir. 2—wonder what the COM MKBCULiOK»ntdf»rislll;e Everyone pralsrt It. 3-What fiTetTOD* ixs* mu berlcht. I'll trj It, anjwtj ±-It'« flnel Aromd like honejsucklel 3 -A good voice Is prized by women; but the COMMERCIAL 10 cent and ALL STOCK 5~<»nt cigars are especially prized by men. 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