Cleveland and the Maria Halpin Affair


 “Those Dogs Won’t Fight—They Are Dying of Starvation”
  Cartoonist:  Friedrich Graetz
  Source:  Puck
  Date:   August 20, 1884, p. 183

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Puck cover-cartoon condemns the political opponents of Democratic presidential nominee Grover Cleveland for encouraging the spread of rumors about the candidate's fathering of a child out of wedlock. Stephen Elkins, the West Virginian coal and railroad magnate who served as Blaine's campaign manager, and New York Sun editor Charles Dana, who endorsed Greenback-labor nominee Benjamin Butler, goad the crazed dogs of "clerical slanderer" and "common slanderer" to attack Cleveland at the governor's mansion. The Democratic candidate, however, resolutely guards the door from his rocking chair.












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