Martin Van Buren, known as "the Little Magician" for his remarkable political agility, summons spirits to divine the Democratic or "Loco Foco" prospects for election in 1844. He sits in an astrological circle, conjuring up three imps in the smoke of his pipe, and addresses them:
Spirits white and Gray appear! appear!
my call attend! my power revere!
Their destiny the Locos ask
Apply ye to the mighty Task!
First spirit: Loco-Focos! desperate Chaps.
Make your speech & draw your Caps!
You've had your day--you've had free scope
And hanged yourselves with your own rope!
Second spirit: When Arnold rises form the Tomb
To receive a Traitors doom!
When Yankee Children bear his name
And all are proud of Arnolds Fame!
Then Tyler shall his honors share,
And keep the Presidential chair!
Third spirit: When the stars fall from above.
When the Globe shall cease to move,
When flowers grow amid the snow
And Lions fear the timid Roe.
When Lawyers shall refuse a feel
And misers pray for poverty
Till then, you'll find that many folk,
Will never vote for Master Polk!
Till then, they'd swing upon the Gallows
Before they'd vote for Master Dallas!
Democratic nominees James K. Polk, wearing the striped trousers associated with the Loco Foco or radical wing of the Democratic party, and George M. Dallas stand at right. Visibly awed, Polk says, "By Heavens! these words remind me of the dream I had when I first heard of my nomination!" Dallas, fleeing to the right, asserts, "I'll get out of this scrape as quick as possible Texas wont save us!"
On the left Andrew Jackson brandishes his cane and threatens, "By the Eternal! you old Hags! if I get hold of you, I'll hang you all up under the 7th section as I did Arbuthnot and Ambisiserter!" Alexander Arbuthnot and Robert Ambrister (not "Ambister") were two Englishmen hung by Jackson during the Florida campaign in 1818, for aiding the Seminole Indians in their fight against the general's militia. The act was one which Jackson's political foes invoked throughout his career as evidence of his brutality.