Print shows Justice holding a large sword and carrying a
lantern, with a cloth labeled "Justice" over her mouth, searching a
cemetery, among tombstones labeled "Formed no opinion died 1660,
Formed no opinion 1600, Haven't read papers 1776, [and] No opinion
died 1670", for jurors who are uninformed of the assassination of
President James A. Garfield. The images includes an insert showing
a man hanging from a gibbet labeled "Verdict of 50,000,000
Presidents--Assassination; Justice; Cemeteries; Criminals--Public opinion; Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881; Guiteau, Charles J. (Charles Julius), 1841-1882
Several rogues, including Jay Gould labeled "R. Road
Monopolist," William H. Vanderbilt labeled "Corporations," Cyrus W.
Field labeled "Telegraph Monopoly," Russell Sage(?) labeled "Stock
Jobbing," and George M. Robeson labeled "Congress," rob a "Tax
Payer" of his "Income" (Robeson/Congress strangling him with
"Unjust Tax"). In the right foreground the tools and "Cloth" the
"Tax Payer" needs are "Taxed" as others help themselves to his
"Products of Honest Labor." Vanderbilt directs some carrying bags
labeled "Plunder" and "Gains" up steps labeled "Tax Steals, Land
Grants, Friendly Judges, Lobbyism, [and] Public Apathy" that lead
to a large building labeled "Castle Monopoly" atop a mountain. In
the background, on the right, are buildings labeled "Manufactory
Closed [and] Foundry Closed" and other industrial buildings
"Closed." A chain labeled "Protection" blocks the harbor,
preventing ships with products for export from departing.
Capitalists and financiers; Robbery; Criminals; Corruption; Monopolies; Tariff; Free trade--Protection; Castles; Palaces; Rogues and vagabonds; Buildings; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897
"Policeman Puck" and Uncle Sam investigate a robbery at the U.S.
Treasury. A safe has been broken into and a barrel labeled
"150,000,000 $ Surplus" is empty, and there is a hole in the floor
which leads to the Congressional chamber, below. A crumpled notice
on the floor of the chamber states, "Congressional Theatre - The
Hit of the Season!!! 'The 40 Thieves' - Keifer manager, Robeson
property man." The robbery happens to coincide with the end of the
first session of the 47th Congress. A ladder labeled "Adjournment
of Congress" leans against an open window, supported by John A.
Logan and John Sherman, as Horace F. Page and two other Congressmen
descend. Other Congressmen, among them George M. Robeson carrying a
sack labeled "Navy Appropriation" and James D. Cameron dragging a
sack labeled "River & Harbor," are headed for their home states
carrying sacks with "$" on them. Caption: Policeman Puck to Uncle
Sam--"This is the work of Professionals!"
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Legislators; Criminals; Patronage, Political; Economic policy; Safes; Robbery; United States. Congress; United States. Department of the Treasury; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918
Illustration shows Peter B. Olney, N. Y. District Attorney,
passing a paper that states "Charges Against the Central Office
Detectives - Peter B. Olney, Dist. Att'y" over the head of
Fredericka Mandelbaum to Thomas Byrnes at "Police-Head-Quarters,"
who in turn passes to Olney a paper that states "Denial of Charges
- Insp'r. Byrnes." In the background is a small building labeled
"Mrs. Mandelbaum Receiver of Stolen Goods" on which a notice has
been posted that states "Mortgage - To Cover Bail and Costs of
Trial." Caption: When "honest men" fall out, thieves have to
Political corruption; Criminals; Local government--Officials and employees; Byrnes, Thomas, 1842-1910; Olney, Peter B. (Peter Butler), 1843-1922; Mandelbaum, Fredericka, 1818-1894
Illustration shows James G. Blaine, dressed like a Roman
statesman, standing 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 no deadheads."
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
Illustration shows James G. Blaine wearing a top hat with three
plumes, a sack labeled "For the Plunder" hanging from his neck, and
a paper tied at his waist that states "20 Years on the Make,"
attempting to break-into the "White House" through an open window.
He is being supported from below by Benjamin F. Butler who is
sitting on the back of Charles A. Dana who is holding "The Sun"
newspaper dated "June 16, 1884," on which is written "Turn the
Rascals Out!" Puck's figure for the Independent Party has just come
around the corner carrying a stick labeled "Independent Vote."
Robbery; Criminals; Presidents--Elections; White House (Washington, D.C.); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893
Illustration shows two crooks labeled "Robeson" and "Roach"
walking down a sidewalk, whistling; they are being trailed by
William C. Whitney, Secretary of the Navy, as a policeman. Caption:
Civil service reform; Boating industry; Shipping; Corruption; Patronage, Political; Criminals; United States. Navy; Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897
Illustration shows Puck standing 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
Criminals; Vaccination; Banks and banking; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Mandelbaum, Fredericka, 1818-1894; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912
Illustration shows a view inside a "Prison Barber-Shop" with two
men labeled "Budensiek" and "J. D. Fish," wearing prison stripes
and "Close Crop" haircuts by the prison barber, who is holding a
shaving mug labeled "Ferd. Ward." Entering on the right is a man
labeled "F. Ward" wearing civilian clothing, followed by a prison
guard. On the shelves are other shaving mugs labeled "J. D. Fish,
Baldwin, [and] Crowley."
Criminals; Prisoners; Barbershops; Prisons; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912
William Wingate Sewall describes the pursuit and capture of
three thieves that stole a boat from Theodore Roosevelt. The boat,
the best one on the Little Missouri River, had been purchased by
Roosevelt in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it was very useful. Sewall
and Wilmot Dow built a new boat and they headed after the thieves a
few days after the boat went missing. The thieves were captured
without violence and Roosevelt accompanied them to Dickinson,
Dakota Territory, for trial. Sewall and Dow continued down the
river with the boats to Mandan, Dakota Territory, and then took a
train back to Medora, Dakota Territory.
Boats and boating; Theft; Criminals; Arrest; United States--Little Missouri River; North Dakota--Dickinson; North Dakota--Mandan; North Dakota--Medora; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Dow, Wilmot; Finnegan, Michael