Baldwin was about town yesterday boasting that Von der Ahe's talk about having him arrested for conspiracy was all buncombe. He was around the Laclede Hotel all the afternoon playing billiards and enjoying himself nicely, when Chief of Detectives Desmond tapped him on the shoulder and told him he was wanted at the Four Courts. Baldwin imme- diately commenced swearing and threatened
not to accompany the detective, but when the detective told him the more quietly he went the better it would be for himself, he sobered down and walked out of the hotel to the Four Courts. Arriving there a warrant, charging conspiracy, was shown to him and he was pushed into the city jail.
Judge Claibourne, of the Court of Criminal Correction, was not around at the time, and as he was the only person authorized to receive bond Baldwin could not have procured his release even had he been able to do so. As a result he was locked in jail, and the probability is that he will stay there for at least twenty-four hours. The warrant charges that Baldwin, with J. P. O'Neil, the president, and Edward Hanlon, the manager of the Pittsburg Base Ball Club, conspired together for the purpose of breaking up the St. Louis and Columbus Base Ball Clubs.
It further states that Baldwin came to St. Louis armed with money furnished him by O'Neill and Hanlon, and that he put that money to use in securing players to break their contracts with the St. Louis and Columbus clubs. It is charged that he not only secured an illegal contract with O'Connor, but that he sought by various means to get Charles King to break his contract with the
St. Louis Club.
The laws relating to conspiracy in this State are severe and far-reaching, and the punishment following the conviction is severe. The burglar never gets less than two and never more than ten years, and, strange to say, this is the punishment which follows any case of conspiracy where a conviction
In connection with the arrest of Baldwin, Mr. Joe Pritchard, The Sporting Life's correspondent in this city, tells an interesting story. He says that he signed O'Connor to play with the Columbus Club, and that subsequently O'Oonnor came to him and told him that he (O'Connor) would give him $500
to destroy the Columbus contract, so that he could sign with Pittsburg and make S500 by so doing, Pritchard replied warmly that he was not in that kind of business.
-Sporting Life, March 7, 1891
Joe Pritchard, mentioned at the end of the article, was the St. Louis correspondent for Sporting Life in the late 1880s and into the 1890s. He also acted as an agent for the Browns and was heavily involved in the sale of Bob Caruthers to Brooklyn after the 1887 season.