Joe Pritchard left last night for Chicago, and the chances are that ere night Caruthers will have placed his name to a Brooklyn contract for 1888. Pritchard never returned the $1000 advance received from the Brooklyn people, and he carries it to Chicago to hand to Bob as soon as he signs. Caruthers will receive $5000, the largest salary ever paid to a ball player, and will be a veritable king pin next season. He wants a provision put into his contract that in case of illness he must not be docked. He is evidently preparing himself for the annual rest which he enjoys at his Chicago home about the middle of each summer.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, December 13, 1887