Political Blondins Crossing Salt River
Title: Political Blondins Crossing Salt River
Creator: Currier and Ives, New York
Description: The exploit of Blondin, who crossed Niagara on a tight-rope in 1859, furnished a new idea for the cartoonists. Three of the four rival presidential candidates are here trying to cross the chasm between North and South. The fourth candidate, John Bell with his running-mate, Edward Everett, stands attempting to cross on a rail, with the ineffective aid of Horace Greeley. Douglas is losing his balance through the dead weight of the Squatter Sovereignty end of his balance pole. Breckinridge, on the shoulders of his running-mate, Late, feels his Slavery Extension rope parting under his feet.