Muzzling the Press
In this political cartoon by C. J. Taylor, President Benjamin Harrison is silencing the press by padlocking their mouths with patronage jobs. From left to right, the various newspapermen are: Whitelaw Reid (padlock reads Minister to France), Charles Allen Thorndike Rice (Minister to Russia), John C. New (Consul General to London), John Hicks (Minister to Peru), J. S. Clarkson (Assistant Postmaster General), Ellis H. Roberts (Assistant U.S. Treasurer), John M. Francis, Elliot Shepard, Charles E. Fitch (U.S. Internal Revenue Collector), Robert P. Porter (Superintendent of the Census), Elijah W. Halford (Private Secretary), the president's son Russell, and Charles A. Dana. In the center, Harrison removes the lock from Murat Halstead whose nomination as Minister to Germany was rejected by the Senate because of negative articles he had printed.
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