Illustration shows Republican revelers in the foreground making
music as they pass a reform ark being constructed in the
background. Depicted are John Sherman playing pipes labeled
"Southern Outrages," John Logan playing cymbals labeled "Pensions,"
Whitelaw Reid playing pan pipes labeled "Monopoly," James Blaine
playing a lyre, George Robeson riding on a donkey labeled
"Surplus," with George Hoar, John Roach, Joseph Keifer, and Roscoe
Conkling among them. Among the crowd that follows are Ulysses S.
Grant, Jay Gould, and possibly Rutherford B. Hayes, also a man
playing a tambourine labeled "Bossism" and another carrying a
standard labeled "Spoils," and one with a sign labeled "River &
Harbor Frauds." In the background, John Carlisle stands at the head
of those building the ark, also shown are Henry Watterson with
hammer and chisel, William Morrison holding up "Morrison's Tariff
Reform Plan," and Abram Hewitt holding "Hewitt's Free Trade Plank."
The ribs of the ship are labeled "Tariff Reform, Raw Materials
Free, Lower Iron Tax, Lower Tax on Woolens, [and] Works of Art
Noah's ark; Boats and boating; Tariff; Tariff--Law and legislation; Political parties--Platforms; Political corruption; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Morrison, William R. (William Ralls), 1825-1909