A police officer holds Oscar L. Baldwin, cashier at the
Mechanics' National Bank in Newark, by the shoulder while Baldwin,
using "Speculation Soap Suds," blows a soap bubble labeled "500,000
Paid in Capital" and "Surplus Fund $400,000" that drips money into
a top hat in front of many old men labeled "Bank Director" and
investors entering on the right, in the background. At his feet are
papers labeled "Cooked Statement." Puck gestures toward the old men
and suggests the police officer consider arresting them as well.
Caption: Puck to Representative of the Law--"You have got the thief
- now take the men who let him steal the money of the trusting
Saving and investment; Banks and banking; Swindlers and swindling; Scapegoat; Blame; Police; Bubbles; Baldwin, Oscar L.
James G. Blaine, dressed like a Roman statesman, stands on a
pedestal that states, "What are you going to do about it," a phrase
attributed to Boss Tweed. The ghost of Tweed stands behind Blaine,
weeping, holding a paper that states, "Why wasn't I vindicated? I
cast my anchor windward too!!" At the base of the pedestal are
books and papers, some labeled, "20 Years Casting My Anchor to
Windward," "Burn this," and "20 Years No Deadhead." Whitelaw Reid
stands at center, appealing to Blaine. On the left are various bank
officers who committed crimes and got caught. Some hold papers that
state, "I saw various channels in which I could be useful.
President Dodd, Bank Breaker," "I cast an anchor to windward in the
Marine Bank. J. D. Fish, Bank Breaker," "I would 'sacrifice a great
deal to get a settlement' Captain Howgate, U. S. A., Defaulter," "I
did not prove a deadhead in the enterprise. A. S. Warner, Albion
Bank Breaker," "I received very large sums of money without one
dollar of expense. Ferdinand Ward, Swindler." Albert S. Warner was
President of The First National Bank of Albion; Henry W. Howgate
was a Disbursing Officer in the U. S. Signal Service. Caption:
Chorus of Non-Magnetic Swindlers - "Why shouldn't we be vindicated,
too? We saw various channels in which we could be useful. We were
Criminals; Banks and banking; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Tweed, William Marcy, 1823-1878; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912
Puck stands on a stack of bound Puck volumes between a
row of people on the left identified as a "Bank President, Cashier,
Teller, Clerk, [and] Janitor" as well as a scrub-woman and an
office boy, and a row of known criminals on the right identified as
"Scott, O. L. Baldwin, F. Ward, J. D. Fish, H. W. Howgate, [and]
Eno," and Fredericka Mandelbaum identified as "M." Between the two
rows are bottles of "Virus from Thieving Office-Boy, Light-Fingered
Scrub-Woman, Defaulting Bank Cashier, Receiver of Stolen Goods,
[and] Corruptible Janitor," "Lymph from Swindling Bank President
[and] Embezzling Bank Clerk," and "Vaccine from Speculating Bank
Teller." O. L. Baldwin was a cashier at the Mechanics' National
Bank in Newark, Henry W. Howgate (1834-1901) was a Disbursing
Officer in the U. S. Signal Service, and Fredericka Mandelbaum was
a known fence for stolen property. Caption: "Now, my friends, step
right up and be vaccinated for all forms of disease to which bank
officials are liable!"
Criminals; Vaccination; Banks and banking; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Mandelbaum, Fredericka, 1818-1894; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912
A farmer and a laborer visit a "Savings Bank." The farmer, who
looks prosperous, is depositing money; while the laborer, who looks
depressed, is making a withdrawal. Caption: The farmer is all
right, - but the laborer is finding that it costs him more money to
Wealth; Farmers; Working class; Saving and investment; Banks and banking
Personal checks belonging to Governor Roosevelt from New York State National Bank. Checks have an orange documentary stamp from US Internal Revenue with various amounts written out. Three of the checks have Roosevelt's signature.
Banks and banking, American; Checks; Finance, Personal; Payment; First National City Bank of New York
Nettie Gluckauf claims that her family is being cheated out of a
building they own due to a few missed rent payments. The building
has been foreclosed upon and is set to be sold on September 5.
However, Gluckauf doesn't trust the lender's accounting and
requests Vice President Roosevelt's advice on how to handle the
Foreclosure; Mortgage loans; Bank loans--Corrupt practices; Finance, Personal; Banks and banking; New York (State)--New York--Corona
The bank directors considered the appointment of George R.
Bidwell but selected Edwin Gould, who is a board member and very
large stock holder in the bank.
Banks and banking; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Bidwell, George R.; Gould, Edwin, 1866-1933
Bartlett S. Johnston sends an extract of a letter from "a
prominent New York banker" who expresses his opinion that President
Roosevelt will not antagonize the managers of the Republican party
because he wants a "real nomination for the Presidency." Therefore,
Roosevelt will nominate a "safe" man to succeed Secretary Gage.
Business and politics; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; Presidents--Nomination; Banks and banking; United States. Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927
Secretary Root has received the application of the International Banking Corporation to serve as fiscal agent of the federal government in the Far East.
Banks and banking, International--Government policy; East Asia; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903
President Roosevelt asks Thomas R. Procter to provide information regarding a rumored questionable transaction by Ellis H. Roberts, the Treasurer of the United States.
Banks and banking--Corrupt practices; Roberts, Ellis H. (Ellis Henry), 1827-1918