Issued June 12, 1912
PUCK was founded in 1871 by cartoonist Joseph Keppler and is one of America’s leading humor/political magazines. It was a Democratic publication run after 1902 by Keppler’s son, Joseph Keppler Jr.
The Republican Party presidential race is now split between current president William Howard Taft and former president Theodore Roosevelt. Former president Theodore Roosevelt is campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination after his disappointment in his hand-picked successor, current president William Howard Taft, resulted in a rift that has caused him the seek a third term as president and threatens to rip the Republican party asunder.
On June 12, 1912 with the Republican National Convention in Chicago only a week away, PUCK ran this cartoon by Louis M Glackens titled “The Confusion of Tongues” alluding to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel labeled “Republican Harmony”. The Republican elephant is sitting against a blocked labeled “Progressivism” sniffing smelling salts. President Taft sits upon “Conservatism” gesturing toward “La Follette” who is standing on his head. Other represent the different figures in the Republican party. Tools sit by not being used.