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“That Boodleful Dinner At Delmonico’s Before the Election (October 29)”

Topic:
Blaine and Jay Gould
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
November 15, 1884, p. 758
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On the evening of October 29, Republican presidential nominee James Blaine attended a fundraising dinner at New York City's posh restaurant, Delmonico's. The guest list of wealthy contributors included Jay Gould and John Jacob Astor. Blaine spoke on the topic of the Republican role in generating economic prosperity for New York City and the nation. Unfortunately for the candidate, it lent credence to Democratic claims that the Republicans cared only for the interests of the rich, not the working class. The next day, the New York World published Walt McDougall's cartoon, "Belshazzar Blaine and the Money Kings," which contrasted the greed and hedonism of the Delmonico diners with a poor family begs for table scraps.

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