[Political Cartoon] A Few Really Pertinent Questions. Viceroy Li Hung Chang to Viceroy Hanna
by [Davenport, Homer]
n.p.: n.p., 1896. A very good copy with 2 creases.. [1 sheet]. Illus. with 1 b/w drawing. An early and important political cartoon, reproduced without attribution (though everyone would have been familiar with the source) as an anti-McKinley political piece, by "the most famous cartoonist of 1896," Homer Davenport (1867-1912), which first appeared in the September 3rd, 1896 issue of the Hearst's New York Journal, shortly after Davenport and settled on his devastating image of Hanna. A potbellied Hanna, dressed in a checked suit, each checked filled with a dollar sign, is questioned by Chinese viceroy Li Hung Chang who toured the United States in 1896, while in the background is a safe marked "Syndicate" containing $118,000, the amount supposedly owed by McKinley to Hanna's business syndicate. Atop the safe is a skull marked "Labor." Below is the text: "How rich are you? Did you make any of your money reducing workingmen's wages? If the free coinage of silver would, as you say. tend to reduce the wages of workingmen, why are YOU opposed to it? Who gives you all the money you are spending now? What do you promise in return for it? How do you make Mr. McKinley do what you tell him? Will he keep on doing it when he is President? How did you get hold of him first? Do you consider that those notes are a good investment?" McKinley, a supporter of the gold standard, argued that "that high tariffs would restore prosperity." Sound familiar 120 years later? OCLC locates no copies. (Inventory #: 37333)
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