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THE GREAT RACE FOR THE WESTERN STAKES 1870.
   
Complete Explanation:
Cornelius Vanderbilt and James Fisk are shown in a race for control of New York's rails. Throughout 1868 and 1869, the two men had fought for control of the Erie Railroad. (See also "The Statue Unveiled," no. 1869-1.) Here, Vanderbilt straddles his two railroads, the Hudson River and the New York Central, admonishing his competitor, "Now then Jim--No Jockeying You Know.!"

The dwarflike Fisk, sitting astride the Erie Railroad, replies, "Let Em Rip Commodore--But Dont Stop to Water for You'll be Beat."


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