At center, Uncle Sam and President Cleveland shake hands, with a portrait of Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, in the background. The surrounding vignettes feature a cast of characters, identified or referred to in the text as "Croker," "Parkhurst," and "Tammany" reform, "Iago Manley" and "Othello Reed," "Peffer, Lease, Dana, Pulitzer, [and] Depew," Harrison sitting in his over-sized top hat, and Thomas C. Platt turning a crank that manipulates George R. "Malby" as "Speaker" of the New York State Assembly, David B. Hill sitting in an over-sized "Senatorial Chair N.Y. State," and "McKinley" dressed as Napoleon I, riding a "War Tariff" rocking horse. Each scene includes "Valentine" text, such as this for "Peffer" and "Lease," each holding papers labeled "Speech": "From bleeding Kansas's wind-swept plains, / Where whiskers take the place of brains, / You come with all your verbose strength / Of speeches of unending length. / Here, take the hint Puck gives - resign! / Let Mary be your Valentine"; and this for McKinley: "McKinley Bill! McKinley Bill! / Why do you ride that hobby still? / The cause of pool, combine and trust, / And idle mill-wheels red with rust. / Mistaken Man! We'll never pine / For you to be our Valentine."
Hobbyhorses; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); Valentines; Tariff; Publicity; Public opinion; Corruption; Supervisors; Civil service reform; Handshaking; Tammany Hall; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Croker, Richard, 1843-1922; Parkhurst, C. H. (Charles Henry), 1842-1933; Manley, Joseph Homan, 1842-1905; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Peffer, William Alfred, 1831-1912; Lease, Mary Elizabeth, 1850-1933; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821; Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917