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ORIGINAL PICTORIAL ROUGH AND READY MELODIES, No.3. OLD ZACK TAYLOR IS THE MAN!
   
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A comic illustrated Whig campaign song sheet, showing Uncle Sam banishing the Democrats from the White House, to make way for Zachary Taylor. The eighteen-stanza song, sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle," extolls Taylor's patriotism and deplores the evils of the Polk administration. Accordingly, the picture shows Polk and his cabinet fleeing with bundles marked "Spoils," "To Patch Up a Fortune" (carried by Secretary of War William A Marcy, wearing a trouser patch inscribed "50" on the seat of his pants; see "Executive Mercy/Marcy and the Bambers," no. 1838-5), and "One of the Walkers" (no doubt Polk's Secretary of the Treasury Robert J. Walker). They are chased by an oddly dressed Uncle Sam (center), who wears a hat with a "76" on it and knee-breeches. To the right of Uncle Sam stands Zachary Taylor, holding the "Lease to Uncle Sam's Farm from March 4th '49 to Mar. 4th '53."

At left Democratic presidential candidate Lewis Cass has one leg over a fence, as he tries to climb onto the White House grounds unnoticed. Uncle Sam warns him, "You look very pretty, Mr. Gass, but you can't come in; I've had so many of your sort already that I hardly know my own farm."


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