Washington DC: The Neale Company, 1900. First Edition, only edition. Hardcover. 16mo; pp; 88, (8) Neale Catalogue; Illustrated with well executed, in some cases scathing, caricatures by Will H. Chandlee; pictorial yellow cloth, lettered in terra-cotta, with a drawing of a regal elephant strumming a lyre in the shape of a $ (Dollar Sign); Spine lettering lightly faded & the boards are lightly soiled, else very good. Very good. Item #15973
While well represented in Institutional collections, this piece remains quite scarce in today's market. It does attack TR over San Juan Hill & Negro Troops; There is also another longer negative poem impuning his character. Some of the poems include: "The Wizard and the Pachyderms," "King Dollar," "The Statesman of To-day," "Senator Wolcott," "Ode to Billy Mason," "Chauncey M. Depew," for a total of 37 poems including the explanation: "Good reader, pause and you shall hear/ Of shameless scandal flaunting high, /Fit for a gossip's choices sneer,/Or tear-drops from a patriot's eye." Splendid caricatures of Theodore Roosevelt, Jamie Wilson, Speaker Reed, Elihu Root, Joseph Choate, John Wanamaker, Boss Platt, Lyman P. Gage, Alger, and many others. Philander Chase Johnson (1866–1939) was an American journalist, humorist, poet, lyricist, and dramatic editor. At the time of his death, he had been a Washington Evening Star staff member for 47 years. Prior to joining the Evening Star, he had been an editorial writer for The Washington Post. Famous quotes:"Cheer up, the worst is yet to come."Don't throw a monkey-wrench into the machinery."Politics is the art of turning influence into affluence."