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On the Eve of the Spanish-American War

The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph

February 4, 1897

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Evening Telegraph showed its readers the contempt in which Spain held the United States shortly before the Spanish-American war, by printing this political cartoon that had run in the Havana (Cuba) newspaper, El Pueblo.

Below the caption,  the following information was found:

"From the last issue of  El Pueblo, of Havana. How 'The American Pig,' pricked by the Spanish Press, humbles himself before the British Lion."

Here is the accompanying poem, which appeared in both Spanish & English (though I will only include the English translation):

"Not Even for This!

The lion roars, shakes his mane, and with powerful formidable grasp, his soul filled with holy indignation, the starry rag he tears.

From the pig in the meantime a low grunt is heard, and to the astonished world he says: 'I do not understand, nor will I allow myself to, for everything here below is perishable, and 'national honor' is but a humbug, and the Yankee only humbles himself before the American idol - his god - Money!

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