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THE DAY AFTER THE FAIR.
   
Complete Explanation:
A pro-Cass satire, predicting the Democratic nominee's victory over Whig Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren.

After the "fair," or election, Lewis Cass appears at the window of the White House, at upper left. Below him Taylor, pursued by bloodhounds, tries unsuccessfully to climb up the building's downspout, which is labeled "Whig Platform." The bloodhounds recall those used by Taylor against the Indians in the Second Seminole War. Taylor says here, "When Cuba is Annexed I hope these Foreigners will no longer be imported to annoy the 'Natives' in this way." (The dogs used in Florida were Cuban.)

Cass quips, "Ah, Genl. up a spout eh? I am glad that you have found a Platform at last." Taylor was criticized during the campaign for failing to declare a platform. The bloodhounds sniff at his discarded sword.

Further right a dead goose lies in the road, and further on a fox, Martin Van Buren, runs toward his burrow at the edge of the forest of "Free Teritory." Van Buren says, "I shall run in safe enough."

At the far left Cass ally William A. Marcy stands with his hands in his pockets. He urges on the bloodhounds with, "Help your self to Fox & Geese, but don't 'Worry' the old Genl.' only ascertain his whereabouts.'" Marcy is identified by the "50 cents" trouser patch on his seat. (See "Executive Marcy and the Bambers," no. 1838-5.) The goose was used throughout the 1844 and 1848 campaigns as a symbol of incumbent President James K. Polk.


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