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A grand Shakesperian [sic] revival

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Print shows Chester A. Arthur as King Henry IV on a cobblestone street, with Jay Gould and William H. Vanderbilt holding his cape, and accompanied by John P. Jones; he is accosted by Roscoe "Sir John" Conkling who proposes to speak on behalf of Thomas C. "Master Shallow" Platt. Behind them are Thomas J. Brady and Stephen W. Dorsey. Ulysses S. Grant and John A. Logan are standing on the left, at the head of Arthur's entourage. Includes text for brief exchange between Arthur and Conkling from "(2nd Part of King Henry IV, Act V - Sc. 5)". Caption: (Which we have but little hope of seeing on the stage of the National Capitol).

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Patronage, Political; Kings and rulers; Nobility; England; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1881-10-05

A presidential conjuror

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President Arthur appears as a magician on a stage, pulling cards out of a hat and tossing them into the audience. The cards are labeled "Secretary of Navy, Foreign Minister, Interior, Consulate, Collectorship, Soft Soap, Minister to Turkey, Quashed Endictment, Secretary of War, Protection, Postmaster, Promises, Gratitude, [and] Reciprocity." On the stage are other magic devices, a "Great Machine Trick" showing cards and labeled "New Political Deal Trick," a wheel labeled "Stalwartism Neutrality Halfbreedism," a bottle labeled "Ever-lasting Patronage Bottle," a cone labeled "Great Veto Extinguish Trick," and a drum labeled "Last Grand Trick Resignation." Among those in the audience are Carl Schurz, John A. Logan, Thomas De Witt Talmage, David Davis, Joseph W. Keifer, John P. Jones, Stephen W. Dorsey, Thomas J. Brady, William M. Evarts, Benjamin F. Butler, and Samuel J. Kirkwood. Caption: What Mr. Arthur must be to satisfy all the politicians.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Staff--Selection and appointment; Patronage, Political; Magicians; Magic tricks; Audiences; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt), 1832-1902; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Kirkwood, Samuel Jordan, 1813-1894

Date: 1881-10-12

A way out of President Arthur's dilemma

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Print shows Ulysses S. Grant recommending to President Chester A. Arthur some "friends" of his as political appointees. All the men shown were involved in scandals during Grant's administration. Caption: General Grant "Don't be troubled if a few fellows do decline. Here are some friends of mine who never refuse office."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Staff--Selection and appointment; Patronage, Political; Political corruption; Scandals; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Shepherd, Alexander Robey, 1835-1902; Murphy, Thomas, 1821-1901; Belknap, William W. (William Worth), 1829-1890; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Babcock, Orville Elias, 1835-1884; Williams, George H. (George Henry), 1823-1910

Date: 1881-11-02

John Kelly galvanizes the corpse of Tammany

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John Kelly tries to bring Tammany Hall back to life by turning an electrical apparatus labeled "Deal with the Republicans" connected first to an "Anti-Monopoly" device, then with wires spelling "Patronage" to a rod held by a man dressed as a Native American lying in a coffin labeled "Tammany Died 1880." The jolt of electricity knocks the moccasins off his feet.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Electric shock; Electric apparatus and appliances; Coffins; Patronage, Political; Moccasins; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Tammany Hall; Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1882-05-31

Will he cast his sword into the balance?

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Print shows John I. Mitchell labeled "Independent Reps." standing on one side of a balance scale labeled "Republican Scales" and "Penn." He outweighs James D. Cameron who sits on the other side of the scale in a dish labeled "Bossism" with the additional weight of "Threats, Tricks, [and] Bluster" added beneath him. Chester A. Arthur is seated behind them, holding a large sword labeled "Patronage."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Selection and appointment; Scales (Weighing instruments); Patronage, Political; Swords; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Mitchell, John Inscho, 1838-1907; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1882-06-28

The irrepressible log

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Print shows a bear labeled "N.Y. Democracy" climbing a tree labeled "New York" and "N.Y. State Patronage Hive" to get at the honey. However, a block of wood labeled "Tammany Kelly" suspended by a rope labeled "60,000 voters" keeps getting in the bear's way. Caption: Democratic Bear "If it wasn't for that log, I'd have had that honey long ago, and the more I thrust it away the harder it hits me!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democracy; Bears; Pendulum; Patronage, Political; Honey; Beehives; Trees; New York (State); Tammany Hall; Democratic Party (N.Y.); Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1882-08-16

Congressional cracksmen

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"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!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: 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

Date: 1882-08-16

For sale again

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Print shows John Kelly carrying a basket labeled "27,000 Votes For Sale," accosting passengers on a "New York Train," seeking buyers. Around the car, men are seated beneath windows labeled "Democratic Nomination Hewitt for Gov.," "Cornell for Gov.," "Folger for Gov.," and "Wadsworth for Gov." They are reading newspapers labeled "Half Breed," "Greenback," "Independent Puck," "Stalwart," and "Machine Paper." Caption: John Kelly Here you are! I'll sell to anybody else, except "blind pool men." How much for the lot?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Elections; Railroad passenger cars; Railroads--Employees; Patronage, Political; New York (State); Tammany Hall; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Wadsworth, James Wolcott, 1846-1926; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884

Date: 1882-08-30

Stalwart stupidity

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Puck, holding his lithographic pen, and the Independent Party figure, holding an axe labeled "November Election," stand inside a cabin next to the head of Roscoe Conkling that has been cut off a large rattlesnake labeled "Stalwartism," its rattle labeled "Stalwart Office Seeker." In the background, a large fire labeled "Government Patronage" burns in a fireplace. Caption: Puck - What! Isn't it dead? Independent New Party - Oh, yes! but it hasn't got sense enough to know it!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Patronage, Political; Elections; Rattlesnakes; Beheading; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888

Date: 1883-01-03

The true meaning of Republican harmony

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Several Republicans stand in a temple, with a sacrificial lamb labeled "Civil Service Reform" at the base of a statue labeled "Patronage" with a trident labeled "Spoils." Among them are Chester Alan Arthur, James Gillespie Blaine, Whitelaw Reid, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, William Henry Robertson, J. D. Cameron, George William Curtis, Carl Schurz, George Frisbie Hoar, John Sherman, Roscoe Conkling, and William Mahone. At the far end of the temple gallery is a statue of George M. Robeson as "Neptune." Caption: The members of the Roman House of Tarquin, having been driven from power by the people, called together their adherents, and swore an oath of harmony over the body of a victim sacrificed for the purpose. They then undertook to get back to Rome, and History records that they Got Left.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Patronage, Political; Animal sacrifice; Oaths; Sheep; Temples; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Curtis, George William, 1824-1892; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Robertson, William Henry, 1823-1898; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1883-04-11

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