Illustration shows a four panel cartoon where four Puck
cartoonists each take a panel in an effort to solve the issue of
Mormonism; clockwise from bottom left, captioned, "I imagine it
must be a perfect paradise --Keppler", Joseph Keppler places
himself at the center of a harem, smoking a hookah signed "J.K.",
and surrounded by beautiful women, one bringing a bottle of "G.H.
Mumm" champagne; at top left, captioned, "I think one wife is
enough --Gillam", Bernhard Gillam shows a domestic scene at his
home where he, labeled "Small Income", his coattails in the
clutches of his wife, attempts to avoid being struck by her with a
fireplace scoop, while "My Wife's Relations" stand behind her; at
top right, captioned, "How long will this destructive monster be
allowed to live? --Opper", Frederick Opper is shown in the lower
left corner gesturing toward a large octopus labeled "Mormonism"
that has caught in its tentacles "S.J.T., Uncle Sam, Public
Opinion, Y.M.C.A., Public School System, Justice, Independent New
Party, W.H.V., Field, Gould, Kelly, [a] New York Dive, [and the]
Catholic Church", as well as Benjamin Butler, the U.S. Capitol, and
reaching all the way to "Ireland"; and on the bottom right,
captioned, "What is the use of Mormonism, when a man can change his
wife whenever he likes? --Graetz, Friedrich Graetz stands in the
foreground gesturing toward hordes of men rushing to get divorced
on "Saturday. Divorce day in Chicago", and at places advertising
"Divorces without publicity, Divorces procured without delay.
Liberal charges, [and] Divorces obtained for $5.00".
Polygamy; Bigamy; Harems; Divorce; Octopuses; Spouses; Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894; Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937; Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896; Graetz, F. (Friedrich), approximately 1840-approximately 1913