Political cartoon on the front cover portraying New York's famously corrupt power broker William M. Tweed as a defeated Roman soldier in an image issued just after the election that broke his hold on power. As commissioner of public works, "Boss Tweed" had allied himself with cronies collectively known as Tammany Hall after their political headquarters. This ring embezzled hundreds millions of dollars from the state between 1869 and 1871. Bribes silenced critics until Nast, as leading cartoonist at Harper's Weekly, launched a campaign to persuade the public to vote the Democrats out. His series of brilliant designs helped to sway a largely illiterate electorate. Tweed is here caricatured as a gouty Caius Marius, former consul of Rome, exiled to the ruined city of Carthage. Wearing a diadem of dollar signs and surrounded by the boots of his "whipped" allies, Tweed props himself on an empty treasury box and clutches a broken sword.