The Vice-Presidential Nominees


 “Keeping Cool"
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   August 6, 1904, p. 1195

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Among family and friends in private, Senator Charles Fairbanks was considered to be warm and genial. However, he often seemed stiff and aloof in public. After the 1904 Republican National Convention nominated Fairbanks for vice president, humorist Finley Peter Dunne’s character, Mr. Dooley, remarked, “Th’ raypublican convintion … nommynated a cold storage vice presidint….” The senator’s frigid public persona is caricatured in this cartoon, reinforced by the mountainous scene reminding viewers that Fairbanks, Alaska, was named after him. President Theodore Roosevelt, wearing his Rough Rider uniform from the Spanish-American War, sits on a block of ice encasing his vice-presidential running mate. One wit described the 1904 Republican ticket as “The hot tamale and the Indiana icicle.” In fact, Roosevelt did cool his heels by adhering to the tradition against presidents openly campaigning for reelection. The task of appealing directly to the voters fell to Fairbanks, who undertook a 33-state campaign tour. In its October 22, 1904 issue, Harper’s Weekly quoted the Elmira [New York] Gazette’s reaction to a campaign stop by Fairbanks:

“When Harper’s Weekly … recently showed Candidate Fairbanks in [a] cartoon depicted as a human cake of ice, thoughtful persons believed it a bit rough on the man who wishes to be Vice-President. Senator Fairbanks was shown as chilling those around him and the impression was not exactly pleasant. Those who came in contact with Senator Fairbanks during his stay in Elmira this week, however, feel like apologizing to Harper’s Weekly for doubting, for it is certain that no more icy blast ever came out of the north than the Republican candidate proved to be. Leaves on trees prematurely shrivelled up and dropped off and many a garden was ruined absolutely during his chilly stay, and ice wagons went around town with none seeking the wares they offered. Enterprising hardware merchants dusted off sleds and skates, and citizens generally shook the moth balls out of winter garments. Several cases of frost-bitten ears were reported, and some of the horns of the welcoming bands froze up absolutely and refused to do duty. The members of the entertainment committee, who felt in duty bound to stay by Senator Fair-bank as long as he remained in town, bought fur caps and mittens and drank hot ginger tea at frequent intervals. Altogether it was the chilliest time since the thermometer dropped to thirty degrees below zero one day last winter.—Elmira Gazette.”













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