Fun (21 December 1887): 261. Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it. J. F. Sullivan [?].
The cartoon expresses hopes that all these parties will reconcile — France represented by Boulanger and Prussia in the person of Bizzy or Bismarck; an Irish leader and the Chief Secretary for Ireland (probably not Sir Michael Hicks Beach, who resigned in early 1887, but Arthur Balfour, known for his rigorous suppression of agrarian unrest; Lord Salisbury and “the Irish Leader;” Gladstone, the Grand Old Man, and the Primrose Dames, the female half of the Primrose League dedicated to spreading conservative principles; and finally the Sir Charles Warren, Chief Commissioner of Police, and a leader of a demonstration in Trafalgar Square that resulted in “Bloody Sunday” (13 November 1887) — possibly Cunningham Graham, a Socialist member of Parliament. One of the 1889 Parliamentary debates recorded in Hansard included a statement “that what Mr. O'Brien threatened to do in Ireland the Primrose dames can do in England.”
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