Several members of Congress stand around a large Christmas tree labeled "Tax Surplus" decorated with money bags labeled "Surplus." The legislators carry bags in which to place the bags of surplus they pluck from the tree. Among those identified are Charles W. Jones holding a bag labeled "Naval," William E. Chandler holding a bag labeled "Subsidies for a Merchant Steam Marine," William Mahone holding a bag labeled "Public Buildings and Grounds," John A. Logan holding a bag labeled "Appropriations" and reaching for a sack on the tree, Joseph W. Keifer lifting George M. Robeson holding a bag labeled "Partners in the New Naval Scheme," John Roach holding a bag labeled "New Navy Scheme," Henry L. Dawes holding a bag labeled "River & Harbor Bill," Francis M. Cockrell holding a bag labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," Eugene Hale holding a bag labeled "River & Harbor Bill," John J. Ingalls holding a bag labeled "More Pensions," Benjamin F. Jonas holding a bag labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," and Elbridge G. Lapham who is speaking to two well-dressed women, one holding a bag labeled "Lobby." Lapham is also depicted in the angel at the top of the tree holding a banner labeled "Help Yourself." Uncle Sam dances with three men in the foreground and, on the right, a lone "Taxpayer" stands outside in the snow.
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Christmas; Christmas trees; Taxation; Government spending policy; Pressure groups; Legislation; Women--Civil rights; United States. Congress; Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903; Cockrell, Francis Marion, 1834-1915; Hale, Eugene, 1836-1918; Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Jones, Charles William, 1834-1897; Jonas, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1834-1911; Lapham, Elbridge Gerry, 1814-1890