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Hyenas at work

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Print shows a pack of hyenas labeled "N.Y. Commercial, N.Y. Sun, N.Y. Herald, Washtn. Post, The Rosecrans Letters, [and] 306" crowded around a sepulchral monument to James A. Garfield labeled "Fame." Those hyenas labeled "306" are pulling on a rope that spells "Slander" tied to the top of the monument. A lightning bolt labeled "Public Contempt" has severed the rope, spilling the hyenas into an abyss labeled "Oblivion." The number "306" represents the number of delegates who supported Ulysses S. Grant for a third term at the 1880 Republican Convention.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Republican National Convention; Hyenas; Newspapers; Corruption; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Public opinion; Abyss; Libel and slander; Contempt (Attitude); Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881

Date: 1882-03-22

The latest version

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Richard Croker, a Tammany Hall boss, is pictured as Hamlet, exiting a castle labeled "Tammany Hall," carrying a moneybag labeled "Pickings" and papers labeled "Deed $90,000 House, Ranch - Racing Stable, [and] Investm[ent] - Stock Farm." He encounters the ghost of Boss Tweed who stands at the edge of an "Abyss for Smashed Bosses," holding in his arms a moneybag labeled "Stealings" and papers labeled "'Diamond Wedding', Erie Deal, [and] 5th Avenue House." Croker is headed for the abyss. Caption: Hamlet Croker (to Ghost Tweed)--I'll follow thee!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Ghosts; Political corruption--U.S. states; Municipal officials and employees--U.S. states; Municipal government--U.S. states; Criminals; Avarice; Abyss; Tammany Hall; Croker, Richard, 1843-1922; Tweed, William Marcy, 1823-1878

Date: 1894-04-11

The ass and his leader

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President Cleveland stands on the edge of a cliff on the "high road" labeled "Good Government Road," holding the end of a broken bridle to a donkey that has fallen off the cliff. The donkey is still wearing a portion of the bridle labeled "53rd Congress." Caption: An Ass, being led along the high road, suddenly started off and bolted to the brink of a deep precipice. When in the act of throwing himself over, his Leader used his best endeavors to pull him back. The Ass, persisting in his effort, the Leader let him go, and remarked sorrowfully: "Well, I've done my best for you; - it's your funeral, not mine!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Abyss; Donkeys; United States. Congress; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

Date: 1894-12-26

Gone crazy

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An old man labeled "Silverite" rides on the "Dem. Party" donkey, racing toward an "Abyss of Political Mania." A policeman labeled "Sound Money Democrats" chases him on horseback.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Silver question; Abyss; Democratic Party (U.S.)

Date: 1896-06-24

On to the abyss

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A huge throng of people, some carrying banners labeled "Populism, Silverites, [and] Socialists," eagerly follow a fairy labeled "Paternalism" carrying a transparent balloon or bag labeled "Government Support" as she floats toward a cliff or abyss.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Populism; Fairies; Economic assistance, Domestic; Abyss; Cliffs; Crowds

Date: 1897-07-14

Letter from John Hay to William Loeb

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Letter from Secretary of State Hay to the Secretary to the President Loeb regarding the gift of a lion, given to President Roosevelt by the Emperor of Abyssinia. Hay informed Loeb that the animal had arrived at the National Zoological Park.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, African; Diplomatic gifts; Ethiopia; Smithsonian Institution. Libraries. National Zoological Park Branch; United States. Department of State

Date: 1904-03-30

Letter from W. H. Ellis to the Department of State

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W. H. Ellis reports that shortly after his arrival in Addis Ababa he delivered the treaty and President Roosevelt's letter to Emperor Menelik II. The treaty was well received; Ellis reports that Menelik II informed him that he would soon have a receipt for the same.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations--Treaties; Diplomacy; Ethiopia; United States; Menelik II, Negus of Ethiopia, 1844-1913

Date: 1904-08-06

Letter from Alvey A. Adee to Theodore Roosevelt

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Assistant Secretary of State Adee asks President Roosevelt whether to announce the treaty between the United States and Ethiopia. Although Ellis cabled that it was signed, Adee notes that written acknowledgment of its delivery has not yet been received and wonders if he should wait for that formality.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Treaties--Ratification; Ethiopia; Ellis, William H.; Menelik II, Negus of Ethiopia, 1844-1913

Date: 1904-09-02

Letter from Alvey A. Adee to William Loeb

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Acting Secretary of State Adee writes to William Loeb enclosing a copy of a letter from Florida Attorney General Ellis reporting on Ellis' delivery of the Abyssinian treaty to Emperor Menelik. Adee also advises Loeb not to proclaim the treaty until they receive confirmation from Menelik.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations--Treaties; Politicians--Correspondence; Ethiopia; Ellis, William H.; Menelik II, Negus of Ethiopia, 1844-1913

Date: 1904-09-17

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edgar Alexander Mearns

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Theodore Roosevelt has undertaken a libel suit against a Michigan editor who publicly accused Roosevelt of being a "habitual drinker." Roosevelt would like Edgar Alexander Mearns to testify to the fact that Roosevelt "practically drank nothing during our African trip."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Libel and slander; Alcohol; Writing; Travel; Publishers and publishing; Big game animals; Alcoholism--Press coverage; Brandy; Champagne (Wine); Whiskey; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Ethiopia; Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939; Cunninghame, R. J.

Date: 1913-02-01

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