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Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 2 Dec 2019 08:58:16 -0600
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Horace Greeley?


On Monday, December 2, 2019, Richard Henzel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I was reading Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and became obsessed
> with the political cartoons distributed throughout the booklet by H. L.
> Stephens caricaturing Jay Gould and others involved in the Erie Railroad
> Scandal.
> In his reworking of the children's nursery rhyme "The House That Jack
> Built," Stephens draws various men involved in the scandal as the animals
> and people in the story. So I'm trying to figure out is who (whom is whom?)
> in the sketches:
> Jack, the jackass on the title page has the cock-eyed look of James Fisk. I
> thought Jay Gould at first, but the Eyes...
> The rat is clearly Fisk (he ordered a military uniform for a photo but
> never served), the cat I can't identify, the dog has Jay Gould's beard and
> hair, the cow is labeled "The  Courts" (Barnard misspelled "Banad" for some
> reason) is the court. The maiden with the long mustache milking the cow
> branded TGP has to be Judge Barnard himself, the only figure in the scandal
> with such a long dark mustache. The man all tattered and torn has five
> heads: in front are (l to r) Gould, Fisk, and Vanderbilt, and behind them
> are two more heads. One, the bald one with chin whiskers who I believe is
> also the Cat in the previous panels.  And at the wedding, the priest
> appears to be Gould again, who is also still one of the five heads on the
> groom. So I think I've identified all of them but the cat and the balding
> fellow with the goatee in the back...
> Any suggestions?
> Richard Henzel