||This cover cartoon for Harper’s Weekly satirizes William Jennings Bryan as a hypocrite. The Democratic presidential nominee (right) holds a speech (quoted in the caption) in which he criticized Republican corruption. (It was delivered in Salem, Illinois, Bryan’s hometown, where Abraham Lincoln had lived as a young man.) Bryan alleged that Republicans would buy, coerce, and intimidate every voter that could be bought, coerced, or intimidated, as well as bribe election judges. The Republican national chairman, Senator Mark Hanna of Ohio, replied that the charges were false and represented a desperate smear tactic by a man who was about to lose the general election. The Democratic national chairman, Senator James K. Jones of Arkansas, admitted that his party had no proof to substantiate Bryan’s claims.