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knight in armour than Lord Salisbury; but even Lord general agreement among electioneering authorities that Salisbury makes a very respectable figure, as is shown in this bold and impudent placard, or rather the bold and the cartoon which I reproduce on the previous page, and impertinent appropriation of these companion pictures which might have been labelled “ Behold the Conquering by the Unionists, gained them many votes, especially in Hero Comes.” Such pictures are not so much weapons of South Wales. electoral warfare as standards under which the faithful There were many effective placards intended to illuscan go forth to battle.
trate the advantages of maintaining the Union or the The chief interest in mural literature is in those disadvantages of Home Rule. One of the most effective pictures which en
and brightly-coloured deavour to influence
of these was issued votes. The first
in Glasgow, repreplace must be given
senting three soldiers by general consent
- a young Guardsto a very effective
man, a Highlander, placard, containing
and one of the Concompanion pictures,
naught Rangers — wbich was issued by
standing side by side the Unionists. Noth
in defence of the ing could be more
Union Jack. A good simple, more artless
specimen of the menthan this poster,
dacious poster was which stood the
that which was issued Unionists in such
by the Irish Unionist good stead. It will
Alliance, in which the be seen from the re
most unwarrantable duced copies which
liberty was taken with I reproduce here, the
my name. In oppospictures represent a
ing the In and Out working man's home
Clause in Mr. Gladin prosperity and in
stone's Home Rule adversity. In one the
Bill, I had described workman comes home
the clause as the to find his table well
most lunatic device laden with good cheer,
that was ever inand is welcomed by
vented for destroying a happy wife and
an Empire. Owing chubby child. In the
to this and similar other a workman sits
representations the þeside an empty cup
clause was abanboard, in the midst
doned, but notwithof his starving family.
standing this the There is nothing
Irish Unionist Allipolitical in the pic
ance deemed it tures. They repre
honest to issue huge sent scenes with one
placards, a reduced of which our work
copy of which is to men are unfortu
be found on another nately only too fami
page, in which my liar. They were used
declaration concernfor political purposes
ing the In and Out by the Unionists, who
Clause is quoted as: represented the pros
if it were my delibeperous home, with
rate judgment upon plenty on the table,
Home Rule. as the result of
For the most part Unionist policy; THE WORKING MAN'S HOME.-I.
mural literature is while the picture of
printed in black and squalor and misery was boldly labelled so as to make white, but colour was most used by the Conservait represent the results of the Liberal administration. tives. A series of more or less effective cartoons by Tom There was nothing in the world to prevent the Liberals Merry were issued from Conservative headquarters, from issuing exactly the same pictures labelled the being supplied to Unionists' Associations at the rate of 10s. other way on. It would have been just as true in a hundred. From the Liberal headquarters no pictures one case as in the other, for no one in their senses were issued of any kind. The National Liberal Club, on will contend that want never invades a workman's the other hand, with the aid of the Nassau Steam Press, home under either Liberal or Tory administration. succeeded in producing in a few days half a million broadLack of work and distress are never absent from sheets in various colours. Some of the Liberal posters certain sections of our population, nor do they time were pictures of Mr. Gladstone and other Liberal leaders. their coming according to the ascendency of this or that Three of the pictures deserve special mention. The most party at St. Stephens. Nevertheless, there seems to be a effective of all the Liberal cartoons put upon the walls
during this election was that representing the “Massacre Mr. Chamberlain in every conceivable position. For of the Innocents,” in which the various members of the genuine humour and original force there are few to House of Lords are represented as the soldiers of King excel those in which he represents the union of the Herod butchering the various legislative bantlings of the Parson, the Publican, and the Peer, entitled “United Liberal Ministry. There is humour and somewhat more we stand, divided we fall,” or that other cartoon repreof originality in this picture than there is in any of the senting Lord Salisbury before and after his absorption others issued during the election. St. George and the by Mr. Chamberlain. Mr. Gould may certainly lay the Dragon was another effective cartoon; while a third, flattering unction to his soul that he has contributed as representing an
much as any man to Englishman, Irish
make Mr. Chamberman, Scotchman, and UNDER THE
lain the leader of the Welshman meeting
hour, and to fix atin friendly hand
tention upon the grasp round the
Liberal Unionist Union Jack, was pro
leader to the excluduced as a set-off to
sion of any other the cartoon of the
figure in the electoral three soldiers.
battle. Mr. Chamberlain
From Inverness I figured conspicuously
hear that the most in the literature of
effective placard. the hoardings. But
issued in the election it is noticeable that
was a plain bit of he figures almost
printing, which I exclusively upon
reproduce here:Liberal posters. The Tories and Liberal
WHAT THE LIBERAL Unionists do not
GOVERNMENT HAVE seem to have thought
DONE SINCE 1892. that his portrait was
1892. one to conjure with.
Came into Office. The Liberals, on the
Made Peers. other hand, have
Made Promises. rather overdone their caricatures of Mr.
Home Rule Fiasco. Chamberlain. De
Made more Peers. parting for a moment
Made more Promises. from mural literature to that of caricature
1894. in general, we should
Passed a Local Govern. notice here the con
Increased the Death tributions made by
Duties. the Pall Mall Gazette
Won the Derby. and Westminster
Lost their Leader. Gazette to pictorial
Made more Peers. electioneering. The
Made more Promises. Pall Mall Gazette
1895. brought out “The
Again won the Derby. Wreck of Rosebery,"
Made still more Peers. which contains a
Made still more great deal of third
Promises. rate stuff with two or
Resigned. three very effective cartoons, which I re
TOTAL. produce. But the
1 Act, 2 Derbys, Westminster unquesTHE WORKING MAN'S HOME.-II.
15 Peers, tioningly took the
Promises innumerable. palm by its cartoons for the crisis, of which it brought Among the humours of the election must be mentioned out a series of over two dozen. The pencil, pen, and the fact that in East Fife the Tories were so confident of fertile brain of Mr. Carruthers Gould seldom achieved the defeat of Mr. Asquith that they actually prepared and a greater triumph than in the success with which he hit off from day to day the salient features of the
printed huge placards, as follows: “ Glorious Unionist contest. I reproduce here, by permission of the West
victory. Triumphant return of Mr. Gilmore. Defeat of minster Gazette, some of the best of this notable series.
ex-Home Secretary.” Mr. Gould has seldom done anything better than On the whole, the mural literature of this election in these cartoons. From of old time he had a perfect seems to have been singularly free from offensive denuncia. passion for delineating Mr. Chamberlain's somewhat hard tion and mendacious statements, or anything that could and unprepossessing features, and he revelled in the be described as hitting below the belt. The billsticker opportunity which this election gave him of depicting has very few sins to answer for.
His Drink Bit £135.000.000
MR. ARNOLD WHITE IN SOUTH NORTHUMBERLAND.
Staggering under the burden of the Liquor Trufic
When this Elector gets sense-hell chuck it!
PRINTED & PUBLISHED BY TAYLOR GARNETT. EVANS & C° MANCHESTER
THE FLOWING TIDE
( OF BEER
D EU BY
DERBY ELECTORS BRT NERY COL
"Your turn next, JOHN
JFREECH. 34 Grey S' NC
SUROSON, Dean lagi
A CARTOON FROZE NEWCASTLE.
Two to ONE. THE ROTTEN RAFT
Joux Bull, JUN. : Why does Mr. Harcourt bang out that funny sign, Daddy? Broken up at Last.
John BULL: Because, my son, it is Two TO ONE his pledges will never
Life Guards. Connaught Rangers
VOTE FOR LIBERALISM
PROGRESS AND REFORM !
"The Prinolplo of Toryism la mistrust of the Poople, quallfod by roar, the Principle of Liberallom to trust in the Pooplo, quall.
flod by Prudence."
4.2'Highlander's (Black Becake)
The HOUSE OF LORDS is the BARRIER to PROGRESS.
UNITED WE STANDZ DIVIDED WE FALLI.”
ELECTORS! END OR MEND IT.