The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, June 05, 1909, Image 7
CUB LEADER OUT OF GAME. THREE WHITE SOX ARE ON CONNIE MACK'S STAFF. TRADED FOR A PITCHER The Gold Brick By DON MARK LEMON 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 you?" -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 Cynthia." 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. See!" 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 arrest. 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. HANDSOME SALARIES PAID TO STARS OF THE DIAMOND 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 $5,000. 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 $4,500. 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. RECEIVER FOR THE "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. REDS. 111) V LEADING PITCHERS 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 third. (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. ONE OF GRIFFITH'S FINDS. 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. THE KING jia IL 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. HOW THE TEAMS WERE NICKNAMED. The following are the for the iiickcames of the big leaxae clubs: Naps? That's the short of Lajoie'a first name. Napoleon, Hieiiiairders? The park ! a i mil 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 team. 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 color. 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 PauL 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. OF SPORTS.