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Doing their little best to spoil his work

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President Cleveland sculpts a statue labeled "Purity in Politics," but a group of legislators have resorted to mudslinging tactics to destroy Cleveland's efforts. Those identified with a hammer, ink, mud, and stones are "McPherson, Dana, Hill, Murphy, Gorman, [and] Brice."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Sculptors; Stone carving; Civil service reform; Political campaigns; Executive-legislative relations; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; McPherson, John R. (John Rhoderic), 1833-1897; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906; Brice, Calvin Stewart, 1845-1898

Date: 1894-06-11

It looks that way now

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Four men labeled "Tracy, Saxton, Morton, [and] Schieren" appear as children fighting to be the first to get up a ladder labeled "Rep. Nomination" and reach a large apple labeled "New York Governorship." Caption: The boy that gets the ladder is the boy that gets the apple.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Municipal officials and employees; Elections; Political campaigns; Apples; Ladders; Children's clothing; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); New York (State). Governor; Tracy, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1830-1915; Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920

Date: 1894-07-18

Warming up a sure winner

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Puck appears as a jockey on a galloping horse labeled "Free Trade" on a racetrack labeled "International Commercial Race-Track." John Bull stands on the track next to the British Prime Minister Lord Rosebery as a jockey, sitting on a horse labeled "British Commercial Supremacy." Caption: John Bull--Good 'evins! Hif that there filly is goin' to start, hit'll go 'ard with my 'orse!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: John Bull (Symbolic character); Commerce; International relations; Free trade--Protection; Horse racing; Racetracks (Horse racing); Horses; Jockeys

Date: 1894-08-01

They mourn their loss

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William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, and John Sherman are pictured as old women in mourning among gravestones labeled, "Here lies our dear McKinley Bill. Ruthlessly assassinated in the flower of its youth by the tariff reform bandits of the 53rd Congress," "Sacred to the memory of the Federal Election Law, annihilated by the guerrillas of the 53rd Congress. R.I.P.," and "Here lies the Sherman Silver Law. Cruelly done to death by G. Cleveland. We bear our loss with fortitude."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Law; Mourning customs; Cemeteries; Tariff; Silver question; Tombs; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Sherman, John, 1823-1900

Date: 1894-09-12

Puck's presidential impossibility. The political peanut vender

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A peddler labeled "D. B. Hill," selling "Fresh Roasted (Political) Peanuts," stands outside the gates to the White House, where a sign has been posted that states, "Notice! No Peddlers or Suspicious Characters Allowed on These Premises."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Peddlers; Peanuts; Gates; Signs and signboards; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910

Date: 1894-10-31

"In at the death"

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Charles H. Parkhurst holds a sword labeled "Evidence Against Tammany" and waves the tail he has cut off the Tammany Tiger labeled "Lexow Investigation Exposures," lying dead at his feet. In the background, holding rifles and spears and waving their hats, are Charles S. Fairchild, William R. Grace, Joseph Larocque, and Oswald Ottendorfer.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Municipal government; Governmental investigations; Corruption; Tiger; Dead animals; New York (State)--New York; Tammany Hall; Parkhurst, C. H. (Charles Henry), 1842-1933; Grace, William Russell, 1832-1904; Ottendorfer, Oswald, 1826-1900; Fairchild, Charles S. (Charles Stebbins), 1842-1924

Date: 1894-11-07

"The independents fought nobly!"

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In the aftermath of a battle, David B. Hill is draped over a cannon, while Charles A. Dana and many New York politicians, identified as "Croker, Grant, Hinckley, Sheehan, Gilroy, Murphy, McLaughlin, Smyth, [and] Divver," as well as the Tammany Tiger, appear to have some wound or injury. Puck is standing on the right holding a military standard that states, "The Principles We Fought For. Free Raw Materials - Civil Service Reform - Honest Money - Economical Government." Caption: Puck--It is for the benefit of any party to be purified of its baser elements!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Municipal government; Civil service reform; Tariff; Wounds and injuries; Military campaigns; Soldiers; Tiger; Elections--Political aspects; New York (State)--New York; Tammany Hall; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Croker, Richard, 1843-1922; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Divver, Patrick, 1844-1903; Gilroy, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1840-1911; Grant, Hugh J., 1858-1910

Date: 1894-11-21

Beyond resuscitation

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The Tammany Tiger lies on its back on a bed, apparently dead. A notice on the wall states, "The Tammany Tiger Executed by the People, November 6, 1894." Archbishop Michael Corrigan kneels at the bedside, cranking "Corrigan's Battery" which is connected to the front paws of the Tiger by wires that spell "Church Influence." Thomas C. Platt stands at the foot of the bed, cranking on a battery labeled "Headquarters of the Republican 'Boys'" which is connected to electrodes in the back paws of the Tiger by wires that spell "Political Deals." A bucket of water and a sponge lie on the floor at the foot of the bed, and the New York State Capitol at Albany is in the background. Caption: Despite the efforts of prelate and politician the cat will not come back.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Elections--Political aspects; Municipal government; Civil service reform; Tiger; Dead animals; Electric batteries; Electric shock; Resurrection; Tammany Hall; Corrigan, Michael Augustine, 1839-1902; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910

Date: 1894-12-12

Welcome! And let us hope you will be a real happy new year

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Puck welcomes a cherub representing the New Year "1895" who arrives ahead of a whirlwind of dark clouds labeled "Panic 1894" showing the face of a harpy.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: New Year; Salutations; Harpies (Greek mythology)

Date: 1895-01-02

For their own good

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President Cleveland adds the top board to a wooden fence enclosing a pasture labeled "Public Office." The board is labeled, "Extension of Civil Service Reform under President Cleveland." Lower boards in the fence are labeled, "Extension of Civil Service Reform under Pres. Harrison," "Extension of Civil Service Reform under Pres. Cleveland," and "Extension of Civil Service Reform under Pres. Arthur." Watching Cleveland are the Republican Elephant and the Democratic Donkey, each wearing ribbons that state, "To the Victors Belong the Spoils." Two vignettes show, on the left, "Republican Party beaten in 1884 and 1892, with all the offices," and on the right, "Democratic Party beaten in 1888 and 1894, with all the offices." On the ground is a fence board labeled "Further Extension of Civil Service Reform." Caption: Neither of these animals has thriven in the spoils pasture, and the sooner they are barred out the better.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Civil service reform; Fences; Patronage, Political; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Date: 1895-01-16

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