A St. Louis paper gives out the following as gospel truth: "When Tom Deasley worked for Chris, he got full one day, and Chris said to him 'Tom, you're drunk.' 'I know I am,' said Tom, 'but it's your beer, Chris.'" It was, perhaps, a good thing that Chris disposed of his saloon before the present season, and it would be a better thing if he should set his men a personal example.
-Sporting Life, October 21, 1885
I actually find this story rather amusing. It's different than a lot of the Von der Ahe stories in that it's ironic rather than mocking. But the most important thing here is the information that Von der Ahe had sold his saloon before the 1885 season. That's news to me.