Puck's stereotypical Irishman labeled "Democracy" appears in the role of "Bottom" from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," with Puck holding the head of an ass above him. He is holding a paper that states "Free Protection for Revenue Only. Free Revenue Reform for Protection Only. To the Civil Service Reformers belong the Spoils!!!" A host of fairies, insects, and minions of the night are gathered around him, including Theodore Roosevelt as a fairy standing on a snail labeled "N. Y. City Reform," John Logan as a mushroom, John Kelly as a spider on a web labeled "N. Y.," William Evarts as a bird with a long beak, unidentified man as a frog, James Blaine and George Robeson as owls, David Davis, Samuel J. Tilden as a grasshopper, Roscoe Conkling as a bird, Whitelaw Reid labeled "3 cts" and another man labeled "2 cts" as moths, and a diminutive Chester A. Arthur peering from behind Bottom's feet. Jay Gould appears as a snake in the bushes. Among the fairies are "Randall, Carlisle, Dana, Cleveland, Cox," and Henry Watterson. Uncle Sam and Columbia observe from behind a tree. Includes Bottom's lines "I have had a dream - past the wit of men to say what dream it was. ... But man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had" from the play.
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Columbia (Symbolic character); Tariff; Free trade--Protection; Civil service reform; Fairies; Dreams; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Randall, Samuel J. (Samuel Jackson), 1828-1890; Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Cox, Samuel Sullivan, 1824-1889