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Let Me Make One Thing Perfectly Clear

June 2022
1min read


The complicated problems of world peace, social justice, and international economics were all child’s play to one S. Butchart, a turn-of-the-century Canadian of Owen Sound, Ontario. He had them all figured out, and had devised gloriously symbolic charts and diagrams with which to instruct the world. To assist the U.S. he sent this and seven similar self-portraits to President William McKinley in 1898. Alas, the President did not see them. An unimaginative clerk took one look and filed them away as the work of a crank. Who knows? Had McKinley figured them out, all that unpleasantness with Spain over Cuba might have been avoided.

This picture was found in the National Archives at Washington and was sent to us by Michael P. Musick of Greenbelt, Maryland.

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