But it turns out they were way ahead of the curve.
|Doggerel posted at the Bank against|
the publisher of the Capital Journal
(February 13, 1904)
|"Two souls with but a single thought"|
Bosses Thomas C. Platt and Richard Croker eyeing the spoils
The cartoons here are from the 1898 book, Cartoons by Homer Davenport. Many, or perhaps even all of them, have been reprinted by Gus Frederick. Maybe the rhyming history of our own Gilded Age and soon-to-be Banana Republic will renew a deeper interest in Homer Davenport, who grew up in the greater Silverton-Macleay orbit of the Geers and is celebrated by an annual festival in Silverton.
|"Now for Prosperity"|
Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed
shaking down Uncle Sam for the Trusts
|"Now for Prosperity" detail|
Boodle was especially associated with big city machines and the bosses.
Here's an excerpt from June 9th, 1890 Capital Journal:
the Jeffersonian anti-urbanism, so central to much of Salemites' self-identity:
THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE OF PORTLAND POLITICS.I suspect sadly in the coming months and years we'll have lots of opportunity to use the words "grifter" and "boodle."
Large cities are not only the problem of government but the bane of politics. Their evil influence and demoralizing effects arc felt in the whole country at large, and they are the poison fountain that vitiates the political stream of whole states and the nation. The corrupt practices prevailing in Now York City lower the tone of every presidential election and drag down into tho mire of Wall street, Bowery, and Five-Points politics the noblest efforts and the best aspirations of tho American people. The same process on a smaller scale emanates from the large commercial center in any state. So San Francisco slums dominate and degrade the politics of the Golden state. So the boodle politicians and legislators of Portland cast a cloud over tho otherwise fair name of Oregon.
The baneful influence of the Portland boodle methods was felt all through the campaign just closed. The frightful struggle of the Portland bosses for the control of the primaries of that city was some thing that the people in the farming communities are not accustomed to. When politics degenerates into a strife for bossism instead of a contest for principle the cleanly voter takes his hands out of it and votes his convictions....
The center of a great farming community, as Salem is, must always be subject to more wholesome influences than a large commercial river city, where the lowest order of politics prevails, and where money is king at the polls....
It won't mean exactly the same thing, but it rhymes in a lot of uncomfortable and possibly even dangerous ways.