Columbia welcomes a group of ragged politicians, mostly Democrats, some no longer in office, and newspaper editors, to come in from the cold winter night and warm themselves by the fire and enjoy some "Christmas Cheer" from a large punch bowl, with the many recently elected Republican legislators, mayors, and governors. All are identified by name, except William B. Allison: "Morton, Goff, Strong, Harrison, Dayton, McKinley, McIntyre, Marvil, Upham, Coffin, Reed, Depew, C. A. Dana, D. B. Hill, Springer, Wilson, Bland, Smyth, Grant, Bynum, Waite, [and] McPherson."
Columbia (Symbolic character); Christmas; Legislators; Newspaper editors; Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920; Strong, William Lafayette, 1827-1900; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Dayton, Alston Gordon, 1857-1920; Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Upham, Willam Henry, 1841-1924; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Bland, Richard Parks, 1835-1899; McPherson, John R. (John Rhoderic), 1833-1897; Bynum, William D. (William Dallas), 1846-1927; Coffin, Charles Edward, 1841-1912; Goff, John W. (John William), 1848-1924; Grant, Hugh J., 1858-1910