Who Killed Hancock?
by Bernhard Gillam (1883)
Macbeth-Dana:—“Never shake thy gory locks at me! I’ll bet you Five Thousand Dollars thou canst not say I did it!”
The LOC says:
Print shows the ghost of Winfield Scott Hancock sitting on a throne in a banquet hall, Samuel J. Tilden pushes a frightened Charles A. Dana, as Macbeth, toward Hancock, Dana makes wild statements while waving around a note for $5000.00; a chalice has fallen to the floor, spilling "Harmony". Samuel S. Cox, as a court jester, sits on the floor next to the throne with "S.S. Cox's Joke Book" at his knee. The room is filled with courtiers, among them are Thomas A. Hendricks, Grover Cleveland who has fallen backwards onto John Kelly, Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Randall, David Davis, Henry Watterson, Abram S. Hewitt, Hubert O. Thompson, George Hoadly, and Benjamin F. Butler; all seem to be sitting in judgement of Dana.
Lazy Curator™ sez: And William Russell Grace, behind Butler.
And a pineapple. Don’t forget the pineapple!
I seem to be throwing you a bone here. Probably because this is the first time in forever I’ve posted an image of Unofficial Weekly Puck Mascot and Breakout Superstar Hubert O. Thompson. And he’s barely in this one! Look on the bright side, he could be like poor George Hoadly. I think this is only the second time he’s ever appeared in The Weekly Puck, and it’s likely to be the last. Probably not even worth a tag. Sorry, Hoadly.
John Kelly’s crazed expression totally sells this one. And wasn’t Gillam a sadist to have him and hated rival Grover Cleveland *gasp* touching?
Yes, I do have the entry for two weeks in the future already selected. No, it’s not that picture of Terence Powderly gazing lustily at Jay Gould’s plump, shapely buttocks, longing to spank them. Again. That’s from Judge, anyway. Though I do believe that Bernhard Gillam is likewise responsible for that infamous image (don’t quote me on that, though).