Harper’s Weekly – February 23, 1878

In 1878, Nast punned by using Bottom the Weaver, the Ass from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to represent the Greenback Party, which had organized two years earlier. James Weaver, a former Republican, was a prominent promoter; he was elected to Congress from Iowa in 1878 and received three percent of the popular vote for President in 1880.

Here, Weaver was in the same Congressional boat as the Democratic Fox, trying to pull the national credit over Inflation Falls.