Puck cover tearsheet from May 11th, 1887. Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann at the Puck building on the corner of Houston and Mulberry Streets. Depicts a rural man dancing on top of New York City carrying a bag which includes the Vedder Bill. Commodore Perry Vedder was a New York state senator who wrote and passed a bill, in 1885, to tax gifts, legacies, and collateral inheritances.
Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Oh, I am a rural assemblyman, From Wayback County fair, With no conscience at all, and one ounce of brains, And the hayseed in my hair. And I dance all over New York's proud town, With a foot as heavy as Fate; I levy her taxes and pocket my bribes, And New York must pay the freight.