Original cartoon appeared in
New York JOURNAL AND ADVERTISER,
November 21, 1897
|So long as I shall continue to possess an American's
proper price in the honor and dignity of his country, I will not take any
Ambassadorship in the gift of the flag at a salary short of $75,000 a year.
If I shall be charged with wanting to live beyond my country's means, I
cannot help it. A country which cannot afford Ambassadors' wages should
be ashamed to have Ambassadors.
Think of a Seventeen-thousand-five-hundred-dollar Ambassador! Particularly
for America. Why, it is the most ludicrous spectacle, the most inconsistent
and incongruous spectacle, contrivable by even the most diseased imagination.
It is a billionaire in a paper collar, a king in a breech-clout, an archangel
in a tin halo. And, for pure sham and hypocrisy, the salary is just the
match of the Ambassador's official clothes.
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