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The only plumber busy in the hot season

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A dejected and perspiring New York Governor David B. Hill, as a plumber, sits on a road between the "Irving Hall Democracy" on the right and the "Tammany Democracy [and] County Democracy" on the left. The road leads up a hill to the "Mugwump Head-Quarters" where there is a sign that states "No Connection with Machine Politics." He is attempting to fit a connection labeled "To Connect with Mug-Wumps" that is hanging over his shoulder to a pipe labeled "Albany Main," from which there are branches that extend "To Buffalo, To Rochester, To Brooklyn, To Tammany, To County De[mocracy], [and] To Irving Hall." Caption: And he fails to make his principal connection.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Plumbers; Plumbing; Patronage, Political; Anxiety; Perspiration; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910

Date: 1885-08-19

Mr. Hill tries it on

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The Governor of New York, David B. Hill, rides backwards on the Democratic donkey labeled "Democracy" running on railroad tracks near a sign that states "Look Out for the Enlightening Express." He is waving papers labeled "Defiance to Mugwumps" at a locomotive labeled "Independents" bearing down on him and driven by a familiar Puck cartoon figure with Carl Schurz standing behind him. To the right of the tracks are an old man dressed as a clown labeled "Sun," looking down at a small elephant lying on the ground, also dressed as a clown, that looks like Benjamin F. Butler. Next to them are William W. Phelps and Whitelaw Reid resting on the fallen Republican elephant that looks like James G. Blaine and is labeled "Ditched Nov. 1884." Caption: The little experiment made by the Blaine Republicans last year will now be repeated by the New York Democrats.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Locomotives; Municipal officials and employees--U.S. states; Elections--U.S. states; Railroad bridges; New York (State); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Phelps, William Walter, 1839-1894

Date: 1885-10-07

Making the most of it

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A man labeled "Hill" holds a large magnifying glass labeled "Democratic Press Magnifier" between a donkey with blinders labeled "N. Y. Democracy" and a tiny shock of hay labeled "Cleveland's Weak Indorsement." The donkey is salivating over the large shock of hay labeled "Cleveland's Indorsement" that it sees through the hand lens.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Magnifying glasses; Municipal officials and employees--U.S. states; Elections--U.S. states; Patronage, Political; New York (State); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910

Date: 1885-10-14

No welcome for the little stranger

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At center, Grover Cleveland holds an infant labeled "Civil Service Reform." They are surrounded by a bunch of angry old men as orphans labeled "Hube Thompson, Eddie Hedden, Davy Hill, Hugh, Joe Blackburn, Charlie Dana, Eustis, Johnnie McLean, Pulitzer, A.P. Gorman, [and] Johnnie K," and one as an old woman labeled "Hendricks." On the left is the "Republican Home - No Civil Service Infants Wanted Here" and on the right is the "Democratic Home Restored in 1884." Caption: Father Cleveland adopts the abandoned infant of the Republican Home, to the great disgust of the Jeffersonian household.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Abandoned children; Orphans; Orphanages; Civil service reform--U.S. states; New York (State); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Blackburn, Joseph C. S. (Joseph Clay Stiles), 1838-1918; McLean, John Roll, 1848-1916; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Hedden, Edward Long, 1828-1893; Eustis, James B. (James Biddle), 1834-1899

Date: 1885-10-21

The rival sandwich-men

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David B. Hill places a cap labeled "Gen'l Jones" on an old man's head and hands him a sword labeled "Baltimore Blade." The old man is wearing a sandwich board that states "Hill and Jones Political Outfitters, Opposition to Monopoly in the Hero Line! - Look at our War Record before purchasing elsewhere! - Try Jones's Baltimore Brand! Jones pays the freight!!! - Don't Forget that Jones is a General, too." Hanging on the right are "Hancock's Uniform" and "Sheridan's Uniform." In the background is another old man wearing a cap labeled "Gen'l Carr" standing outside the office of "Davenport and Carr Political Outfitters." He is wearing a sandwich board that states "Carr's Pat. B. Shirt - Dont deal with Traitors and Rebels! - Patronize the Old Veteran!" Mounted on the board is a bloody shirt. Caption: D. B. Hill "Here, Jones! - be a veteran, can't you? You sail out there, too, and do some hero business for me and yourself!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Veterans; Signs and signboards; Elections--U.S. states; Generals; New York (State); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Jones, Aquilla, 1836-1888; Carr, Joseph Bradford, 1828-1895

Date: 1885-10-28

Well -- ?

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David B. Hill and a donkey labeled "N. Y. Democracy" sit on the ground, staring at each other, next to railroad tracks with a caboose rolling into the background. They look as though they were thrown off the train for freeloading.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Tramps; Railroad tracks; Cabooses (Railroads); New York (State); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910

Date: 1885-11-04

Columbus Cleveland and his mutinous crew - "This ship shall not turn back!"

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Grover Cleveland, as Christopher Columbus, holds a map labeled "Route to Reform," aboard a ship surrounded by mutinous sailors labeled "Bayard, Whitney, Eustis, Sterling, Hedden, Pulitzer, Blackburn, Hill, McLaughlin, Jones, Thompson, Gorman, Grady." Unidentified are Thomas A. Hendricks, John Kelly, Lucius Q. C. Lamar, and Charles A. Dana. A bird arrives from the left carrying a piece of paper that states "From Land of Reform."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Sailors; Mutiny; Discoveries in geography; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Blackburn, Joseph C. S. (Joseph Clay Stiles), 1838-1918; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906; Lamar, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), 1825-1893; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Eustis, James B. (James Biddle), 1834-1899; Hedden, Edward Long, 1828-1893; Jones, Aquilla, 1836-1888; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Sterling, George H.; Grady, Thomas Francis, 1853-1912

Date: 1885-11-04

A "bogus" cremation for the benefit of the "life-long Democrats"

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A group of men stand near the "Bourbon Crematory for Disbelievers in the Spoils System." Some are identified by name, "Blackburn, D. B. Hill, McLaughlin, Thurman, Jones, Hedden, [and] Hendricks," and some by association with quills behind their ears "Sun" Charles A. Dana, "Cincinnati Enquirer" John R. McLean, "World" Joseph Pulitzer, and "Star." The newspaper editors are pushing a wrapped figure labeled "This is the Mugwump! And don't you forget it!" into the crematorium. Hendricks stands on the right, next to an urn labeled "For Mugwump Ashes," and the others observe from the left. Puck and the figure representing "The Independent Party" are watching from a window in the background. Caption: Uncremated Mugwump (from outside) - "If those old Bourbons take that dummy for me, they'll be a little startled when they find out that I'm alive - and kicking!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Crematoriums; Cremation; Newspaper editors; Patronage, Political; Democratic Party (U.S.); Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; McLean, John Roll, 1848-1916; Blackburn, Joseph C. S. (Joseph Clay Stiles), 1838-1918; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895; Jones, Aquilla, 1836-1888; Hedden, Edward Long, 1828-1893

Date: 1885-11-18

Another "boycott"

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David B. Hill holds a large brush and George H. Sterling holds a bucket of paste, as bill stickers post a notice that states "Notice. We Hereby Boycott Cleveland, the Civil Service Humbug!! David B. Hill Governor - George H. Sterling would-be Weigher would-be Port-Warden" on a wall labeled "White House Grounds."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Patronage, Political; Public officers; Boycotts; Signs and signboards; Political corruption; New York (State); Washington (D.C.); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Sterling, George H.

Date: 1885-12-02

The carol of the "waits"

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A group of office seekers labeled "McLean, Pulitzer, Dorsheimer, Blackburn, McLaughlin, Hill, [and] Dana" sing Christmas carols outside the "White House" where President Cleveland is visible through a window. Their carol goes: "God rest you, merry gentlemen, / May nothing you dismay; / Remember us poor spoilsmen left / This blessed Christmas Day. / Since Christmas comes but once a year, / Oh, let us share your Christmas cheer, / And chuck one little office here / On Christmas Day in the A. M."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas; Caroling; Patronage, Political; Civil service reform; White House (Washington, D.C.); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; McLean, John Roll, 1848-1916; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Blackburn, Joseph C. S. (Joseph Clay Stiles), 1838-1918; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Dorsheimer, William, 1832-1888

Date: 1885-12-23

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