Sham Reform


 "Sinbad T., The Old Man of the Sea"
  Cartoonist:  A. B. Frost
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   September 30, 1876, p. 793

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This A. B. Frost cartoon presents two images of Samuel Tilden, as Sinbad and the Old Man of the Sea, based on the story "Sinbad the Sailor" in Tales of the Arabian Nights. In Sinbad's fifth voyage he hoists the Old Man of the Sea onto his shoulders, but the old man became a monster who refuses to dismount and beats Sinbad with his feet to compel the sailor to do his bidding. Finally, Sinbad gets the old man drunk and shakes him off of his shoulders.

Here, Tilden the reform candidate for president is Sinbad, who bears the burden of his past record-as the Old Man of the Sea-upon his shoulders. According to Frost that record consists of Confederate sympathies, railroad spoils, an alliance with "Boss" Tweed, swindles, sham reforms, and income tax fraud.













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