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Cut-throat business in Wall Street. How the inexperienced lose their heads

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Print shows William H. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Russell Sage and James R. Keene checking ticker tape connected to a large straight-edge razor labeled "Wade in & Butcher'em" and "This Indicator Rises & Falls with Stocks" with a bear and a bull and several money bags labeled "$" balanced on the back of the blade; below, draped over the handle are many investors reaching for bundles of "Pacific Mail, Western Union, [and] Erie" stocks, the blade is poised to drop. In the background another group of investors labeled "The Lambs Brigade" are headed into the "N.Y. Stock Exchange".

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Saving and investment; Bonds; Stock exchanges; Razors; Corruption; Avarice; New York (State)--New York--Wall Street; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Keene, James R. (James Robert), 1838-1913; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1881-09-07

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

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

Hyenas at work

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Print shows a pack of hyenas labeled "N.Y. Commercial, N.Y. Sun, N.Y. Herald, Washtn. Post, The Rosecrans Letters, [and] 306" crowded around a sepulchral monument to James A. Garfield labeled "Fame." Those hyenas labeled "306" are pulling on a rope that spells "Slander" tied to the top of the monument. A lightning bolt labeled "Public Contempt" has severed the rope, spilling the hyenas into an abyss labeled "Oblivion." The number "306" represents the number of delegates who supported Ulysses S. Grant for a third term at the 1880 Republican Convention.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Republican National Convention; Hyenas; Newspapers; Corruption; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Public opinion; Abyss; Libel and slander; Contempt (Attitude); Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881

Date: 1882-03-22

Jay Gould's private bowling alley

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Print shows Jay Gould bowling on Wall Street using bowling balls labeled "Private Press, General Unscrupulousness, False Reports, [and] Trickery" to knock down pins labeled "Banker, Small Operator, Speculator, Stock Dabbler, Broker, Inexperienced Investor, Capitalist, [and] Curb Stone Broker." At the right is a slate showing Gould's holdings in various railroads, "Western Union, Missouri Pacific, Manhattan 'L', Wabash, New York Metr. 'L', [and] Wabash Preferred" totaling "53,000,000."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Bowling; Corruption; Bonds; New York (State)--New York--Wall Street; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892

Date: 1882-03-29

The new political pilgrim's progress - passing the ogre

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Members of the 47th Congress carry on their shoulders large money bags labeled "Surplus $150,000,000" and "Appropriations," and a sign that states, "No large appropriations for the Navy whilst Robeson is mixed up with it." At the lead are three men, one dressed in armor labeled "Folger" carrying a sword labeled "Trust" and a shield labeled "Integrity," another carrying a large ledger labeled "Chandler Navy Department," and the third carrying a paper that states "Sen. Harris's Exposure of Robeson." John Sherman and John A. Logan are among the congressmen that follow. They are walking past George M. Robeson as an ogre sitting on a pile of skeletal remains of ships with skulls as figureheads and labeled "U.S.N.," at the entrance to a cave labeled "Naval Committee." Robeson is biting his fingernails. A notice at the entrance to the cave states, "$180,000,000 squandered and stolen during Robeson's management of the Navy 1868-76."  Caption: "...He is, by reason of age, also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days, grown so crazy and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than sit in his cave's mouth, grinning at Appropriations as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Economic policy; Corruption; Ghouls and ogres; Skeleton; Ships; Caves; United States. Congress; United States. Navy; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Harris, B. W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1823-1907; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884

Date: 1882-05-03

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