Democratic presidential nominee Samuel Tilden appears in the costume and with
the queue of a Chinese man beating a "Reform" gong. At his feet lies a
Chinese puzzle, consisting of the political rings that he has broken; to the
Tammany and Canal rings, Nast adds a Sheriff's Ring to remind viewers of Tweed's
prison break during Tilden's gubernatorial term. (See comments on "A Call for Tweed.") The cartoon's message is the supposedly false
claim of Tilden to the reform banner.