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“The Writing on the Wall”

Topic:
Mugwumps
Source:
Puck
Cartoonist:
Joseph Keppler
Date:
June 18, 1884, p. 199
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This Puck cartoon by Joseph Keppler uses the biblical analogy of Belshazzar's feast to convey the terror that the revolt of the Republican Independents (Mugwumps) has supposedly caused the campaign of Republican presidential nominee James Blaine. At a sumptuous dinner for the rich and royal, a hand appeared out of nowhere, writing strange words on the wall. The prophet Daniel was called in to interpret the words, which were a promise of divine judgment on King Belshazzar. The ruler died that evening.
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