A Hard Pull
by Joseph Keppler (1884)
The Mulligan Guards Undertake to Drag Their Magnetic Ammunition Through Ohio
Lazy Curator™ sez: Another in the Mulligan Guards series, with Blaine atop a pile of boxes reading “Compressed Magnetism,” “Condensed Fireworks” and “Campaign Lies...Scandals,” and money bags reading “Vote Persuader” and “Campaign Fund.” He is on a cart reading “J. G. Blaine, Unlicenced Vendor Stocks, Political Influence, Etc.” and is bearing a scroll reading “Aggressive Cash Campaign.” The plumes on his helmet read “Dodger,” “Speakership Record” and “Mulligan Letters.” Atop the cart with him, William Walter Phelps faces backwards, clutching a portrait of George Washington marked “J. G. Blaine.” Various friends, compatriots and contributors attempt to move the heavy cart out of the water, including:
They were so mean to poor little Walt Phelps. Keppler and his co-workers seemed to take a sadistic delight in mocking, belittling and infantilizing him. This was common practice at Puck for any man of smaller stature, for it was the same for the likewise diminutive Thomas C. Platt. Though in his case, Platt was a complete and total weenie, so he kind of deserved it.