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"October Gales"

Topic:
State Elections
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
November 7, 1868, p. 720
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In this cartoon the results of the fall state elections for the Democrats are again compared to inclement weather. Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour, grasping a tattered umbrella, and his running-mate, Frank Blair, diminutive and hunched-over, are forced down the Salt River-a metaphor for political defeat-by the "October Gales." The Salt River is the name of a small, shallow, and tortuous waterway in Kentucky, the transit of which is difficult and dangerous. In the 19th century it was said that defeated political parties were sent up the Salt River, and those hoping to rescue the party were compelled to row up the Salt River after them.
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