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Licensed wreckers - in the hands of the receivers

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Print shows a ship labeled "Wrecked Corporation" and "Insurance Co. Bankrupt" that has wrecked on rocks with a darkened lighthouse labeled "Trust" and "Justice" nearby. The light has been snuffed by "Judge" and "Corruption." Victims of the wreck, some clinging to the ship, others in the water, are labeled "Policy Holder" and "Pillaged Policy Holder." A rope from the ship to shore is held by a "Receiver," a "Lawyer," and a "Shore Shark," and is coiled around a money bag labeled "Fee." Another "Lawyer," using a gaff, reaches for a barrel labeled "Fees" that bobs in the water near the ship. Standing near the lighthouse is a man labeled "Referee" who is holding a pan labeled "False Beacon" that spews illuminated smoke labeled "By Order of the Court." The man burns papers labeled "Waste, Outrageous Extravagance, Extortion, [and] Cost."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Shipwrecks; Corporations; Bankruptcy; Corruption; Insurance; Big business--Finance; Lighthouses; Swindlers and swindling; Lawyers; Lawyers--Fees

Date: 1882-03-15

Gambling with death

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Illustration shows, at center, a capitalist, sitting on money bags labeled "Insurance Money" and leaning against several papers labeled "New Policy," gambling with the Grim Reaper, while all around them disasters are happening, a panic-stricken crowd flees a burning theater, a hotel and a tenement building are on fire, a side-wheeler steam ship has exploded, an ocean liner sinks, and a railroad train has crashed; at each of these disasters is a notice that states "Heavily Insured." Caption: Too Enterprising American Capitalist - Keep up the game! I can lose nothing - I'm heavily insured.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Grim Reaper (Symbolic character); Insurance; Capitalists and financiers; Gambling; Shipwrecks; Fires; Explosions; Railroad accidents; Death

Date: 1883-01-24

Blundering again!

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Print shows a group of Democrats on a log raft that is breaking up within sight of land, with two logs labeled "New Jersey [and] New York" coming loose and drifting away; there is a small sail labeled "Democra[...] Record." Some are fighting amongst themselves, Allen G. Thurman is about to hit George Hoadly who is holding a paper labeled "Dem. Nomination for Gov. Ohio Hoadly",  John Kelly is fighting with Hubert O. Thompson who is holding a knife labeled "County Dem", behind them is Alexander V. Davidson labeled "Irving Hall" and holding a knife. Others seem on the brink of despair, including Abram S. Hewitt gnawing on a bone labeled "Tariff", Charles A. Dana defiant of fate, Thomas F. Bayard sitting with his elbows on his knees, Winfield Scott Hancock who appears to have succombed, Thomas Hendricks chewing on his fingers. An unidentified man searching the horizon, Henry Watterson, and Samuel J. Tilden, only Benjamin F. Butler shows any sign of hope as he points toward shore and the U.S. Capitol labeled "1884".  Caption: The Democrats have their regular shindy just as they come in sight of land.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Shipwrecks; Rafts; Despair; Tariff; Presidents--Elections; Social conflict--Political aspects; Democratic Party (U.S.); Tammany Hall; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Hoadly, George, 1826-1902

Date: 1883-09-26

In the jaws of death - a cold day for the Independent Party

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Print shows Puck's figure for the "Independent Party" in a small sailboat of that name, flying a banner labeled "Independents", sailing through icy waters among large icebergs. In the background two ships labeled "Tariff Reform" and "Civil Service Reform" have wrecked on icebergs. Among the faces in the icebergs are Rutherford B. Hayes, Roscoe Conkling, George M. Robeson, William Mahone, George F. Hoar, James G. Blaine, Jay Gould, Cyrus W. Field, John Sherman, John A. Logan, Whitelaw Reid, Samuel J. Tilden, Hubert O. Thompson, John Kelly, Charles A. Dana, Thomas Hendricks, Thomas F. Bayard, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin F. Butler, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Allen G. Thurman, Abram S. Hewitt, and Chester A. Arthur.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Shipwrecks; Icebergs; Sailing; Sailboats; Tariff; Civil service; Reformation; National Independent Party (U.S.); Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Grant, U. S. (Ulysses S.), 1881-1968; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886

Date: 1883-11-07

They saw their "Flying Dutchman" - it crossed their path, and they were lost

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Illustration shows the shipwreck of a ship that lost its course at the sight of the "Flying Dutchman" labeled "Speeches" with the face of James G. Blaine as the ship's figurehead and using the "Bloody Shirt" as sails. Men cling to the wreck of the ship, some are in the sea, and many are on the rocks, some are identified as "Cornell, Wadsworth, Daggett, Catlin, Carr, O'Brien [who is clinging to "Davenport's Bar'l"], Evarts, "Jake Hess", Miller, T. Platt, Davenport, Sherman, Edmunds, [and] Jonah B. Foraker", among those unidentified are Whitelaw Reid holding a bottle labeled "Tribune Editorial Solace", Joseph Pulitzer as a bird labeled "N.Y. World", and John Logan.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Flying Dutchman; Shipwrecks; Lifesaving; Sectionalism (United States); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Wadsworth, James Wolcott, 1846-1926; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Foraker, Joseph Benson, 1846-1917; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904; Catlin, Isaac Swartwood, 1835-1916; Carr, Joseph Bradford, 1828-1895; Davenport, Ira, 1841-1904

Date: 1885-11-11

Not this time!

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President Cleveland is at the helm of the "Ship of State," its sails labeled "Honest Pensions, Wilson Tariff Bill, Sound Financial Policy, Adherence to the Traditional Policy of Non-Interference," [and] Economic Government," as it sails past the "Rocks of Disaster" upon which are the remains of a shipwreck labeled "Sherman Silver Law, McKinley Bill, Fraudulent Pensions, [and] Jingoism," and a group of marooned sailors labeled "McKinley, Lodge, Tom Reed, [and] Quay." Also present are Benjamin Harrison, Whitelaw Reid, George F. Hoar, and William E. Chandler. Caption: The political wreckers see their hopes again indefinitely postponed.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Shipwrecks; Presidents--Elections; Monetary policy; Nationalism; Political parties--Platforms; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917

Date: 1895-03-06

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Davis Long

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Assistant Secretary Roosevelt advises Secretary Long that monitor ships be put into commission to maintain parity with the Spanish Navy. Recent events, including the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba, have highlighted the need for a strong naval force. While Congress may balk at increasing the size of the Navy, Roosevelt cautions that "it may be held against us for all time to come, not merely by the men of today, but by those who read the history in the future" if the Department does not recommend it.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Disasters; International relations; Naval tactics; Navies, Cost of; Shipwrecks; Turret ships; Cuba; Cuba--Havana; Spain; United States. Congress; United States. Department of the Navy; United States. Navy

Date: 1898-02-16

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Davis Long

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Assistant Secretary Roosevelt urges Secretary Long to advise President McKinley not to conduct a joint investigation with Spain into the sinking of the USS Maine. Roosevelt believes that, in spite of opposition, Long should recommend that Congress authorize the building of as many as four battleships.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Battleships--Design and construction; Disasters; Governmental investigations; International relations; Shipwrecks; Cuba; Spain; United States. Congress; Allen, William V. (William Vincent), 1847-1924; Hale, Eugene, 1836-1918; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Mason, William E. (William Ernest), 1850-1921; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Wolcott, Edward Oliver, 1848-1905

Date: 1898-02-19

Another party heard from

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Neptune sits among the sunken wrecks of the Spanish fleet during the Spanish-American War. Caption: Neptune--Great whales! If those Yankees keep this up much longer I'll have to move!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Neptune (Roman deity); Naval battles; Shipwrecks

Date: 1898-08-03

Trying to float the old wreck

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Illustration shows William Jennings Bryan, standing in the "Presidential Sea," pulling on a rope tied to a shipwreck labeled "Democracy" which was "Stranded 1896" on rocks labeled "16 to 1," "Bryanism," and "Bourbonism," while a bearded old man labeled "Populist," wearing overalls, is trying to help using a large hook to pull the ship off the rocks.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Presidents--Election; Shipwrecks; Democratic Party (U.S.); Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Date: 1900-06-20

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