Outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign, a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man wearing tattered clothing labeled "Democracy." He looks dazed, as though he has just wandered in from the past; his walking stick is dated "1861." Two dogs labeled "N.Y. Tribune" and "N.Y. Times" sniff at his heels. Among those present are George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, James Gillespie Blaine, Chester Alan Arthur (dressed as a woman, serving food and drinks), Charles J. Folger, George Frisbie Hoar, Joseph Warren Keifer, Horace F. Page, William Mahone (doing a hand-stand), J. D. Cameron, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, George F. Edmunds, John P. Jones, and Thomas Collier Platt.
Van Winkle, Rip (Fictitious character); Democracy; Taverns (Inns); Laughter; Older people; Legislators; Presidents--Elections; Dogs; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Folger, Charles J. (Charles James), 1818-1884; Page, Horace F. (Horace Francis), 1833-1890; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918