A group of Democrats, identified as "Hill, Murphy, Vest, Bland, Matthews, Morgan, Harris, Crisp, Tillman, Altgeld, Campbell, [and] Stevenson," stand near a bier labeled "Dem. Free Coinage Platform" on which lies the expired "Democratic Party" donkey. A ladder labeled "Chicago Convention" has been placed against the bier and the "Chicago Nominee," wearing the black shroud of a widow, climbs to the top. Tillman places more straw on the bier with a pitchfork, while Altgeld and Campbell use torches to ignite fuses to burn the donkey. Hill and Murphy console each other.
Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Political conventions; Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Silver question; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Mourning customs; Clothing and dress; Turbans; Fezzes; Democratic Party (U.S.); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Vest, George Graham, 1830-1904; Bland, Richard Parks, 1835-1899; Matthews, Claude, 1845-1898; Morgan, J. T. (John Tyler), 1824-1907; Harris, Isham G. (Isham Green), 1818-1897; Crisp, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1845-1896; Tillman, Benjamin R. (Benjamin Ryan), 1847-1918; Altgeld, John Peter, 1847-1902; Campbell, James E. (James Edwin), 1843-1924; Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1835-1914