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An uncompleted task

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Print shows Wayne MacVeagh wearing a workman's apron and holding papers labeled "Wayne McVeagh Resignation", standing in front of a brick wall with a large star on it labeled "To be Bricked up for Star Route Jobbery", with an opening showing Stephen W. Dorsey and Thomas J. Brady. Bricks and mortar labeled "Retribution Mortar" are at the base of the wall, and a pile of "Investigation Sand" is to the left. Caption: McVeagh "Good bye, my brethren; you thoroughly deserve to be bricked up; but I'm afraid I can't wait to finish the job!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Postal service--Employees; Scandals; Political corruption; Star routes; Bricklaying; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916

Date: 1881-10-05

Thomas L. James, the man who stamped out the Star Route swindle

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Print shows a full-length portrait of Thomas L. James, Postmaster General, standing, facing left, among papers emblazoned with stars littering the floor, holding a stamp labeled "Indicment" [sic] in his right hand.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Star routes; Postal service; Governmental investigations; Political corruption; United States. Post Office Department; United States. Postmaster General; James, Thomas L. (Thomas Lemuel), 1831-1916

Date: 1881-10-19

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

Clippings scrapbook, volume two

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Scrapbook of clippings from various periodicals related to Theodore Roosevelt's time in the New York State Assembly, the Westbrook scandal, and reviews of The Naval War of 1812.

Resource Type: Scrapbook

Subject: Books--Reviews; Legislators--Political activity; Political corruption; Governmental investigations; New York (State); New York (State). Legislature. Assembly; Westbrook, Theodoric R., -1885

Date: 1881-1883

Clippings scrapbook, volume three

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Scrapbook of clippings from various periodicals related to Theodore Roosevelt's time in the New York State Assembly, the Westbrook scandal, and reviews of The Naval War of 1812.

Resource Type: Scrapbook

Subject: Books--Reviews; Legislators--Political activity; Political corruption; Governmental investigations; New York (State); New York (State). Legislature. Assembly; Westbrook, Theodoric R., -1885

Date: 1882

A new bull in the ring

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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.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: 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

Date: 1882-04-19

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all

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Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand holding a smoldering torch which may represent Bartholdi's hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. On the left is a pagoda labeled "Puck Office" and on the right is a building labeled "Tammany Hall." Among the fireworks are many faces of politicians and other prominent figures of the day, some labeled by type of firework, such as "Chicago Shower" - Arthur, Grant, Conkling, Logan and Cameron; "Tumbler" - Tilden; "Twister" - Schurz; "The Falling Tammany Star" - Kelly; "Bomb" - Davis; "Junk Whizzler" - Robeson; "Polar Rocket" - Bennett; "Buster" - Butler; and "Star Route Staggerer" - Dorsey. Others shown are James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton(?), Thomas De Witt Talmage, and Theodore Tilton.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fourth of July; Fourth of July celebrations; Fireworks; Capitalists and financiers; Politicians; Monopolies; Pagodas; Scandals; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.); Tammany Hall; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt), 1832-1902; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, 1834-; Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907

Date: 1882-07-05

Another bombardment - the newspaper fleet firing on the Bedouins in Washington

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Print shows newspaper editors Charles A. Dana, James G. Bennett, Carl Schurz, Henry Watterson, George W. Curtis, and Whitelaw Reid, as well as Puck, with a fleet of paper gunboats labeled "N.Y. Times, N.Y. Sun, N.Y. Herald, Ev. Post, Puck, Brooklyn Eagle, Courier-Journal, Harpers, Phila Times, Mail, [and] N.Y. Tribune." The fleet is firing cannons, "ink" bottles, and pens, bombarding a fortress flying a flag labeled "Plunder," where the walls are comprised of paper bundles labeled "Bills, Jobs, Bargains, Corrupt Bills, [and] Logrolling." The fortress is defended by "Robeson Bey" standing at center with a bandage labeled "Record" around his head, "Keifer" and "Jones," with John A. Logan labeled "306," James D. Cameron, David Davis, John Sherman, and others. Cannonballs burst among them labeled "Criticism, Censure, [and] Condemnation." The fortress cannons are labeled "River & Harbor Bill $20,000,000, Pension Arrears $103,962,300, Monitor Job, Public Buildings, Mileage Steal, [and] Mississippi Levee." Within the fortress are the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Treasury labeled "Ammunition House."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Legislators; Corruption; Newspapers; Newspaper editors; Fortification; Bombardment; Gunboats; Public opinion; Scandals; United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.); Treasury Building (Washington, D.C.); Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Curtis, George William, 1824-1892; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1882-08-02

Forgotten on purpose

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A man labeled "Tax-payer" has fallen on steps labeled "Congress." He has a large boulder labeled "War Taxes on Iron on Sugar on Cloth Salt Leather [and] Linens" strapped to his back. On the steps is a small stone labeled "Tax Taken Off Patent Medicines, Perfumery, etc." In the room at the top of the steps, many hands dip into a bowl of coins labeled "River & Harbor Bill." Caption: "He asked for bread, and they gave him a stone!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political corruption; Taxation--Law and legislation; Pressure groups; Taxation; Boulders; People with disabilities; United States. Congress

Date: 1882-08-09

The only Democratic presidential candidate who stands a chance of election in 1884

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Illustration shows a man with hooks for hands and with labels over his ears and mouth that state "Deaf" and "Dumb," hanging from one hook is a paper that states "Elected." Drowning in paper in the background are Benjamin Butler with notes that state "Big Talk Butler, Big Promises Butler, I'm Going to Reform Everything, B.F.B. [and] The Government Belongs to its Friends," Winfield Scott Hancock with notes that state "Foolish Letters" and "What I Know About the Tariff Question, Hancock," and Samuel J. Tilden, holding a quill pen, with a note labeled "Cipher Dispatches." Caption: One who can neither make foolish speeches, write foolish letters, nor listen to foolish counsel.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Scandals; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893

Date: 1883-01-24

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