Several members of Congress stand around a large Christmas tree
labeled "Tax Surplus" decorated with money bags labeled "Surplus."
The legislators carry bags in which to place the bags of surplus
they pluck from the tree. Among those identified are Charles W.
Jones holding a bag labeled "Naval," William E. Chandler holding a
bag labeled "Subsidies for a Merchant Steam Marine," William Mahone
holding a bag labeled "Public Buildings and Grounds," John A. Logan
holding a bag labeled "Appropriations" and reaching for a sack on
the tree, Joseph W. Keifer lifting George M. Robeson holding a bag
labeled "Partners in the New Naval Scheme," John Roach holding a
bag labeled "New Navy Scheme," Henry L. Dawes holding a bag labeled
"River & Harbor Bill," Francis M. Cockrell holding a bag
labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," Eugene Hale holding a
bag labeled "River & Harbor Bill," John J. Ingalls holding a
bag labeled "More Pensions," Benjamin F. Jonas holding a bag
labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," and Elbridge G. Lapham
who is speaking to two well-dressed women, one holding a bag
labeled "Lobby." Lapham is also depicted in the angel at the top of
the tree holding a banner labeled "Help Yourself." Uncle Sam dances
with three men in the foreground and, on the right, a lone
"Taxpayer" stands outside in the snow.
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Christmas; Christmas trees; Taxation; Government spending policy; Pressure groups; Legislation; Women--Civil rights; United States. Congress; Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903; Cockrell, Francis Marion, 1834-1915; Hale, Eugene, 1836-1918; Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Jones, Charles William, 1834-1897; Jonas, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1834-1911; Lapham, Elbridge Gerry, 1814-1890