John Logan


 Tail of the Ticket Proves Useful
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Puck
  Date:   August 20, 1884, p. 390

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Senator John Logan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee and former Union general, stands as a cigar-store Indian, advertising veterans' pensions in hopes of enticing Union veterans to support the Republican ticket. Union veterans were an influential voice in American politics for decades after the Civil War, and Congress awarded pensions to increasing numbers of them. Although the veteran in front offers his hand for a reward, both men look skeptically at the vice-presidential candidate.

James Blaine, the Republican presidential nominee, peers out from his store window. The “Guano” brand of cigars refers to his role in the War of the Pacific during his brief tenure as secretary of state (May-December 1881). Blaine blamed Great Britain for arming and agitating Chile, and urged the U.S. to provide financial aid to Peru. Critics charged that he was motivated by personal interest, having secret investments in Peruvian guano and nitrates. A later Congressional investigation was unable to prove the charges. Many Independent (Mugwump) Republicans were concerned by what they considered to be Blaine’s aggressive foreign policy.













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