A large group of politicians and others stand in a cemetery on Memorial Day. Each seems to be grieving at gravestones that bear special messages. Pope Leo XIII stands in front of a stone that states "Here lies my Irish Influence." Ulysses S. Grant places a wreath labeled "Tho' Gone Not Forgotten" at a monument that states "Here Lies the Third Term 1880." Stephen Dorsey and Thomas Brady, arm in arm, stand in front of a stone that states "[Star] Route Here Lies Our Hope of Acquittal." James G. Blaine places a wreath on a stone that states "[He]re Lies My South American Policy." Samuel J. Tilden and Charles A. Dana stand in front of a stone that states "Tilden Boom 1876 Rest in Peace." Clustered around Grant are Roscoe Conkling holding a tattered military standard labeled "Stalwart Battle Flag 1880," J. D. Cameron on crutches labeled "1882," John A. Logan as a drummer with number "306" on his drum strap, and Thomas C. Platt as a little girl. Also grouped before a stone that states "Here Lies Democratic Consistency on the Tariff" are Benjamin F. Butler, Winfield Scott Hancock, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Stephen B. Elkins. Others depicted are Simon Cameron, John Kelly, Jay Gould, George W. Childs, George M. Robeson, David Davis, Robert Ingersoll, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, and a man identified as "Campbell." Caption: They deck with flowers, this Day of Decoration, full many a blighted hope and reputation.
Memorial Day; Tombs; Grief; Popes; Crowns; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Leo XIII, Pope, 1810-1903; Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Elkins, Stephen B. (Stephen Benton), 1841-1911; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Childs, George William, 1829-1894; O’Donovan Rossa, Jeremiah, 1831-1915; Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889