Print shows Chester A. Arthur riding the Republican elephant tossed high in the air in a "Political Arena." The elephant is patched with scandals labeled "Credit Mobilier, Collusion with Monopolies, Back Pay Grab, Third Termism, Whiskey Ring, Navy Ring, [and] Dorsey 'Soap' 1880." Below, on the floor of the arena, Samuel J. Tilden is sitting backwards on a donkey labeled "Incurable" and Puck's Independent Party figure is riding a bucking bull, its horns labeled "Anti-Monopoly" and "Tariff Reform." Puck applauds from a viewing stand on the right; sitting in the grandstand at left are Ulysses S. Grant, Cyrus W. Field, Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas F. Bayard, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin F. Butler, Adams, David Davis, Allen G. Thurman, William M. Evarts, Abram S. Hewitt, George F. Edmunds, Wayne MacVeagh, and George B. McClellan. Caption: Puck presents another prophetic cartoon - and the sooner it is realized the better.
Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Presidents--Elections; Bull rings; Bulls; Scandals; Monopolies; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); National Independent Party (U.S.); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895