M994X.5.273.32 | The Axe-grinder and the Three Traitors

The Axe-grinder and the Three Traitors
Anonyme - Anonymous
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
31.5 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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Nine members of the Reform party, who were won over to the side of the Government of J. S. Macdonald (which was a coalition), were dubbed "the martyrs." This cartoon represents Mr. Macdonald in the act of compelling the ratification of the bargain with three of the number- Messrs. Lauder, Colcohoun, and Hamilton (Excerpt from: Bengough, John Wilson. A Caricature History of Canadian Politics: Events from the Union of 1841, as Illustrated by Cartoons from "Grip", and Various Other Sources. Toronto: The Grip Printing and Publishing Co, 1886.)

Cartoon originally published in Flysheet, 1868