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UNEXPECTED CLOUDS AT GEAND EAPIDS. Troubla Over Matters Foreign to Present Meeting Causes Uneasiness Adjustment Looked for. Grand Rapids, Mich., July 10. Unexpected clouds loomed this morning and gave the horsemen uneasiness, though the management conducting tne sport, with the co-operation of the Michigan State Fair Association, are confident they will weather the present crisis and that nothing serious will result to affect the conduct of the present meeting to a successful conclusion. They are prepared, if necessary, to fight for their rights to the last ditch and will carry their case to the states supreme court if this has to be done. They have already prepared for contingencies by retaining former States Attorney -General Ellis as one of their legal advisors. The present embroglio was developed by the activities of Dr. S. E. Dodson, formerly the guiding spirit in the harness meeting held at Comstock Park. He is said to be seeking to recover a deficit incurred by the State Fair Association and he also, it is said, is trying to secure a renewal of the lease on Comstock Park lie formerly held. The issue had been clearly put to him, from all accounts, and it rests with him if he will make personal complaints of alleged law violations to cause action by the prosecuting attorney. At the same time it is a well recognized fact that the filing of a complaint against the methods in use at Comstock Park will place the entire racing structure, running and harness, in jeopardy in this state. Meeting Will Continue as per Schedule. Judge Murphy was forced to absent himself this afternoon during the first four races on account of being in conference with attorneys going over the situation. On his return to the course, he gave it as his opinion that the meeting would go through as per schedule and that the management would meet any obstacles as they came up. It is probable that the entire affair will be adjusted in the next twelve hours in satisfactory fashion. Todays racing was featured by an increased attendance and speculation. In the latter respect it exceeded by 20 per cent any former day. The sport was again interesting, but brought with it repeated upsets, the favorites being downed in repeated style. Some of the victors had a comparatively easy time of it, but many were forced out to the last ounce to gain the verdict. The main upset developed with the running of the mile and an eighth race, in which Virginia W. scored easily over such good opposition as Star Shooter and Olga Star. Leta was the opening favorite that failed. Night Cap was the choice in second and landed second; Fascinating was the offender in the third. Hondo and Mart re were the best backed in the fifth, Lady Mildred was given the call in the sixtli and Meelicka saved the favorite backers from a total Waterloo in the closing race.