The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, June 05, 1909, Image 7

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The Gold Brick
4Coi'risht. 1909. bT
The two men stepped from the ;
curbstone to cross the street, when
the heavier man's right boot toe came
in contact with an object lying in the
gutter. He swore softly, as he noted
that he had scuffed a bit of patented
surface from the toe of his shoe.
His companion stooped and picked
up the offending object. It was about
the size and shape of a fire brick, and
quite heavy.
"Better jet it in the toe than in
the neck." he laughed, tossing the
object to the other man. "It's a gold
brick. Jim."
The man whose shoe had been
scuffed miscalculated the weight of
.the brick, and it slipped from his hold
and fell on his left foot. He did not
swear softly this time, for the brick
weighed about 30 pounds.
"You'll pay a thousand for your
kiddin!" he growled, caressing his
injured foot- "Got the money on
-His companion laughed. "Keep the
brick. Jim. and sell it for two thou
sand. That's your lay. aint it?"
"What?" demanded the other.
"Sellin" gold bricks."
The heavier man put down his foot
He could no longer support himself on
one leg. without hopping about the
street to maintain bis equilibrium, and
he was too full-blooded for such gym
nastics. "Ill sell it all right, all right." he
growled. "And not a red cent for
you." He picked up the offending
brick and struck it with his knuckles.
"Copper! sure as Fifth avenue hits
Broadway. Fell off some team. Ought
to bring a couple o dollars." He
glanced along the street to locate a
pawn shop, when suddenly he runted
to his companion and commanded
hoarsely: "Side step! Hiram and
The shorter man immediately
crossed to the opposite side of the
street, where he placed himself in a
doorway and watched his partner ac
cost a man and woman passing along
the sidewalk, displaying the copper
brick to them and gesticulating as if
laboring under no little excitement.
By their dress the pair evidently
were country folks, and the green
goods man standing in the doorway
He Received the Copper Brick in Ex
change for the Bills.
across the street was soon assured
that their apparel did not belie their
simple character, for at the woman's
solicitation, her companion brought a
purse from an inner pocket and count
ing out several bills, handed them to
the party who had accosted him, re
ceiving the copper brick in exchange
for the bills. '
The moment the trade was closed,
the woman thrust the brick into a ca
pacious bag which she carried on her
arm. then, seising her companion by
the sleeve, she hurried him along in
the direction of Grand Central.
The man in the doorway hastily re
crossed the street and rejoined his
companion. The latter had turned in
to an entry and seated himself on the
lowest step, his face mottled with
suppressed laughter.
"Well, what's the deal?"
The man on the step displayed a
small roll of bills. "A four-flusher
tor the gold brick. Bill." he hic
coughed. "Hiram was suspicious, but
Cynthia pulled out a hatpin and
scratched the bloom in" copper. It
looked good to the old girl, so Hiram
digs up the price. Easy as easy!"
The man standing clicked his jaws.
."What was the trick? Come, put
' us on."
The other explained between hic
coughs and guffaws of laughter.
"Told em 'twas a gold brick. Cncle
Sam's own make; worth seven thou
sand. Thirty pounds at SO an ounce.
See? Propped off Uncle Sam's go
cart. Had to leave New York on the
next boat going to China and hadnt
time to collect reward for finding the
brick. Let m take it for a hun
dred; they get the reward. , Maybe
a thousand; maybe more. Sure of
five hundred spot anyway. Hiram
hangs back; Cynthia pulls out a hair
pin and scratches the copper. Rip-
Dailv Story Pub. Co.)
pin' old business girl. Cynthia! Says
to Hiram: 'Hi, don't make the gentle
man lose his boat. Land to goodne!
Uncle Sam's got so many gold bricks,
I do hear tell, he won't mind us keep
in this one for Luke, when he grows
up. Hiram forks over the price and
they're off to the farm with the jack
ass egg." The speaker thrust the
bills that he clutched towards his
companion. "Here, it was as easy as
dreaiuin' it Peel off your commis
sion." The shorter man took the bills and
split the hundred dollars evenly. Sud
denly his face grew dark. "Hell!
you're a thief." he panted, and threw
the bills to his feet.
"What's the matter with you?" The
other man came upright, glaring stu
pidly. "These ain't the bills you got.
Them's some off our own bat. You've
stowed the old girl's goods in your
vest and passed me the queer. Come,
split or I'll split you!"
The heavier man stooped with un
expected alacrity and gathered up the
counterfeit bills.
"Damn!" he cried, hoarsely. Then
he threw up his hands. "Search me!
I've been picked! Some of the boys
must have done the rubes, and they
have handed it back to the firm.
Search me! Gawd. I ain't no thief!"
A pair of deft hands weut rapidly
through the pockets of the man with
the purple-cheeked vest, but all of
value that they brought to light waS
a nickel watch, some dice and a trifle
in silver change.
"Quick!" commanded the man called
Bill, pulling his companion from the
entry aud explaining his plan as he
hurried him down the street in the di
rection that the country couple had
taken. "We're1 detectives! See?
They may be wise that these were
green goods, what they passed up to
you. We'll scare "em to dig up the
price o their farm."
But the countryman and his wife
were no longer on the street, and the
partners turned into Grand Central
station, confident that they would find
them there. - Their search and inqui
ries, however, were in vain.
While they were searching, several
trains drew out of the station, one,
of them, no doubt, bearing "Hiram and
Cynthia" safely back to the farm.
Finally they gave over looking and
returned to the street in disgust.
"The lemon's on our Christmas tree
this time.' Bill." surlily growled the
heavier of the pair.
"It aint no easy-mark joke to lose
a hundred, when you're dead broke."1
rejoined the man called Bill. "Hell!,
they must have just sold their farm'
and had the price on 'em. We've
missed the big "bus for Easy street.
His partner drew him into a saloon.
"Hallo, Jack." he nodded to the bar
tender. "Two forgets and sodas."
They drank their 'whisky and soda
in silence then seating themselves
at a card table, fell to studying the
frequenters of the saloon, on the
look-out for a possible dupe.
About 15 minutes later a young fel
low of 20 came through the swinging
doors and two-stepped up to the bar.
"Hallo. Jack!" he noisily greeted the
bartender. "Haven't seen any of the
boys with a gold brick in his vest
have you?"
"What's up, sport?" The bartender
filled a glass and pushed it towards
the young fellow.
The latter drank the liquor and
smacked his lips.
"One of the big manufacturing jew
elers just lost a $7,000 gold brick
somewhere along this busy end of the
old burg. Come out and join the
merry throng, hunting for the stuff
that nobody but everybody needs."
In less than ten seconds there were
ouly three men remaining in the
saloon the bartender and the two
partners seated at the card table.
The bartender dared not leave the
cash register unguarded, while the
green goods men were too weak in
their knees to rise and take part in
the search for the lost $7,000 gold
brick, that had slipped through their
hands only half an hour before.
More Than an Officer Could Stand.
There is a man who served as a spe
cial police officer in a suburban town
for several years but never made an
A few days ago the keeper ofifce
lockup was much surprised to have
this officer bring in a man in a help
less state of inebriety.
"Why. Bill," said the keeper, "how
is this? You have been an officer nine
years and this is your first arrest"
"That is true, Dan," said the officer,
"I have taken many persons home
when intoxicated rather than bring
them here, but when a man gets
drunk and lies down on the lawn in
front of my house and goes to sleep.
that's more than I can or will stand."
Boston Herald.
Jail Soup.
A man was sitting on a Park row
bench when his companion was over-;
heard 'to say: "Do you know how
they make soup in a Jersey jail
"No," said his companion. "Well, they
put the water over a stove and let it
get hot. Then they hang a leg of
meat in the sun. The reflection of
the sun on the meat strikes the water
and makes soup. "-"-New York Press.
Fbots a Hoffctt Stadia. Chicago
Manager Frank Chance of Jhe world's champion Cubs is directing his
team for the present from the bench with his shculder in a plaster cast
and his arm in a sling. He will be forced to travel around in this man
ner for at least three weeks. His shoulder has been paining him for some
time and on having an. X-ray picture of it taken it was discovered that the
end of his shoulder blade had been snapped off. The bone was first broken
two years ago, healed imperfectly, and snapped again in a recent collision
with another player.
Several Players Drawing Over $5,000
a Season While Two Receive
Twice This Sum.
The plutocrat ball team of the
American league, it is declared by a
magnate, would be about as follows:
Pitcher, Donovan of Detroit, Joss of
Cleveland, and Walsh of Chicago,
each drawing around $5,000. The
catchers would be Sullivan of Chi
cago, and Criger of St. Louis, each
pulling down about $4,500. Charles
Schmidt, the Detroit catcher, re
fused to sign this season at that fig
ure. Hal Chase of the Highlanders
leads the first basemen, with a pay
envelope of $4,500. Jajoie. of course.
leads the second sackers, with his
$7,500. Bobby Wallace of the St-
Louis Browns drew $6,500 for three
years during baseball wartimes, and
gets close to that figure now. Bill
Bradley, the Cleveland third Backer,
leads the players of that position
with a salary of between $4,500 and
Cobb, of course, tops the outfielders.
with his $5,000 salary at the age of
22. Sam Crawford, the great slugging
center fielder of the Tigers, is the
best-paid player in that position this
season, drawing close to $5,000. Matty
Mclntyre of the Tigers and George
Stone of the St. Louis Browns, Tie
with each other for the honor among
the .left fielders, each drawing about
In the National league both Man
ager Frank Chance of the Cubs and
Manager John J. McGraw of the New
York Giants are reputed to be draw
ing $10,000 salaries this year. Chance
drew $7,500 last year. Five of the
world's champion Cubs draw between
$4,500 and $5,000. as follows: Kling.
Tinker, Evers, Overall and Brown.
Christy Mathewson, the star pitcher
of the Giants, draws $6,000, and Mike
Donlin about $4,500. Leach, third
Backer of the Pittsburg club, draws
$5,000. Lobert, the star third sacker
of the Cincinnati Reds pulls down
only $4,000.
Pretty fair salaries, business men
will doubtless remark, that these
stars of the national game are paid.
But what of it? But for the stars
the game would be dull and the man
agers would fail to get the money.
"Larry McLean is the mainstay be
hind the bat for the Cincinnati Reds.
Me is considered one of the best
catchers in the major leagues.
Mullin and Cicotte Fighting for Honors
in American Five with Clean
Records in National.
George Mullin, the Detroit slab ar
tist, remains in the lead as the un
beaten pitcher of the American
league, although "Eddie" Cicotte, the
clever Bostonian, is giving him a
merry tussle for the honors.
Mullin has won six straight games
while Cicotte has annexed four with
out a "defeat. There are 14 pitchers
in all with a clean mark for the sea
son. Yedder Sitton is the only Cleveland
youth in this high-class company, and ;
he has worked in only one game.
Glancing at the figures, the pitchers
appear to be more effective than ever
this season, although there were a
few heavy-hitting contests in the past
week. From now on, however, there
should be a decided improvement in
the slugging department.
Liebhardt's first victory of the sea
son came in the game with Chicago
after relieving "Dusty" Rhoades.
Liebhardt saved the game that day
by his effective work, and was given
the honor of trimming the White Sox.
There have been 14 shut-out games
during the season, with "Doc" White
the chief winner, the southpaw using
the kalsomine brush no less than three
times. Lake and Brockett of the
Yankees, and Coombs of the Athletics
have each won two.
Frank Smith, who started off to set
the world on fire by his pitching, has
met with a few reverses lately, and
has now won only one more game
than he has lost, but having the ad
vantage of working in nine games he
leads the league with strikeouts, hav
ing fanned no less than 36 batters, an
average of four per game. Eddie Ci
cotte Is the free-gift man with 16.
Camnits of the pirates is dividing
honors with Moren of the Quakers,
for being the most effective pitcher
in the National league, the former
winning six games without a defeat,
while the Philadelphia man, who re
ceived $200 for each victory from his.
"daddy," has annexed $1,000 so far.
That is a pretty good sum for so early
in the season.
Only five pitchers in the National
league have a clean record, Pfeister
and Higgins of the Cubs, and Phil
lippi of the Phillies, being the others.
Two of Camnitx victories have been
shut-out games, while Raymond of
New York Is the only other pitcher
who has done as well.
Storke Escapes Paying Fine.
Infielder Storke of the Pittsburg
club, reinstated by the national com
mission, has been without the inflic
tion of a fine for his failure to report
to the Pirates when the season
opened. Storke's application for rein
statement was accompanied by proofs
that he had been given permission to
finish his studies in a Pittsburg law
school by the Pirate owners, and that
it would have been a hardship for him
to leave school on April 14.
Origin of Delayed Steal.
The delayed steal is one of the mod
ern wrinkles of baseball, though some
old-timer may come along and tell how
it was tried years and years ago.
The New York Nationals first worked
it several seasons back and Sammy
Strang was its originator. McGraw
improved on it and developed it for
use with a man on first and one on
(Altrock, Donahue and Cravath Go to
Washington in Return for
Southpaw Burns.
Pitcher W'illiam Burns of the
Washington club has been added to
the White Sox pitching staff by a
trade which gives the Senators Nick
Altrock, Jiggs Donahue and Garry
Cravath in exchange for the stalwart
sou paw.
Comiskey began dickering for
Burns last fall soon after the trouble
which the big pitcher had Viith Capt.
Ganley during the absence of, Mana
ger Cantillon on a scouting trip. Wash
ington would listen to no money trans
action and every other offer the mas
ter of the Sox made was not accept
able while Cantillon demanded in re
turn players with whom Comiskey
would not part. The deal should bene
fit both teams.
Burns was drafted by Cantillon from
the Lo Angeles team of the Pacific
Coast league in the fall of 1907, and
was much thought of out there. He
won six and lost eleven games with a
second division team in Washington
last year. He is big and strong and
ought to hojd his own even in as good
a staff as the Sox have.
Altrock came to the White Sox dur
ing the season of 1903, being let out at
that time by Manager Jimmy Collins
of Boston. He made himself solid
with Comiskey and the White Sox
fans that fall by his work in the 14
ganie post-season series with the
Cubs, and was an element of strength
to the team up to and including the
season 1906, which he wound up by
winning one game from Miner Brown
and losing another to the same op
ponent in the world's series of that
year. Since then Altrock has been
of little help, although retained in the
belief he would regain his form.
Donahue came to Chicago from Mit
waukee,in the spring of 1904, and dis
rlaced Isbell from first base. Like Al
trock Jiggs reached his topnotch form
in the season of 1906, and his work
during the world's series that fall
gained him national reputation as a
sensational fielder. He maintained
that gait until last year, when an in
jury in Washington knocked him out
and compelled Manager Jones to put
Isbelljback on first.
Cravath was grabbed by Comiskey
out of the waiver mill last winter
when the Boston Red Sox attempted
to dispose of him by that process. He
hit like a house afire on the training
trip and for a few' games at the start
of the season, then fell away as sud
denly and unexpectedly.
Young Egan, one of Cincinnati's
young recruits, is holding down sec
ond base. He is making good, hitting
the ball hard and fielding the position
with all the grace and ability that
Huggins ever showed.
Eddie Plank is one of the Vetera
pitchers of the Philadelphia Athletics
He is a southpaw with good control
and the end of each season finds his
name in the list of leading stabmen
of the league.
The following are the
the iiickcames of the big
Naps? That's the short of Lajoie'a
first name. Napoleon,
Hieiiiairders? The park ! a i
Senators? That's all light for
Washington; that's where they hiber
nate. V
Athletics? Merely a banviisg down)
of the old name of the Philadetpei
Browns? Another handing Java
from the days of Yon der Abe.
Tigers? Detroit's colors and dispo
sition form tbe cause.
"..lute Sox? They wear teem.
Red Sox? Similar reason.
Giants? Once they were really
giants in stature.
Quakers? They come from the land
of Penn.
Cardinals? Robisoa is partial to the
Cubs? Once the vets were kicked
out for kids and the name stack.
Super bas and Trolley Dodgers?
Brooklyn dislikes to be knows as at
suburb and the fans get mack prac
tice doing the dodge act.
Pirates? Once Pittsburg wove
black uniforms.
Doves? Drop the final letter frees
Dover's name.
Reds? Always wear bright red
trimmings and stockings.
Lives in Mc
The American association cannot
boast of having a real Mexican) player
in its fold, but it can lay claim to sav
ing a player who is a resident of tk
sister republic. Jimmy Mnrray. ta
clever little outfielder of toe St. Paul
club, has been a resident of the City
of Mexico for some time sad that is
where he goes every winter ta live
with his mother and sister, who make
their home there. Jimmy was snfee
tunate this spring in having his leg;
broken in one of the first Knaves,
played. Manager Mike KeOy of tie
St. Paul club did not release Jisuny.
but placed him in the hospital at St
Fraser Sold to New Orleans.
Chick Fraser. the veteran spitbaJI
pitcher of the Chicago National leagno
club, has been sold by President Mmr
phy of the Cubs to Manager Frank of
the New Orleans Pelicans.