[The awakening of Bryanhilde: the Rhine maidens' warning]
Uncle Sam, in the guise of the hero Siegfried, sits on the shore of a river, surrounded by President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), Republican presidential candidate William H. Taft (1857-1930), and Republican vice presidential candidate James H. Sherman (1855-1912) dressed as Rhine Maidens. They try to coax Uncle Sam into giving them the ring, which here, symbolizes the power of the presidency. In the background, William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), Democratic candidate for the Presidency, as Brunhilde (Siegfried's lover in the opera), awakens to see the Republicans warning Uncle Sam of the doom that will follow if he doesn't turn over the presidency. To the right, standing close to the river bank, an American eagle holds a music book in his hand marked "Bird Motif--O-Say Can You See." The words of this motif are intended to wake up Bryan to what is happening between Roosevelt and Taft while he sleeps.
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Title from Life.
Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.1542)
An election-year satire based on Richard Wagner's operatic tetralogy, "The Ring of the Nibelungen (Der Ring des Nibelungen)."
Published in: Life, October 8, 1908.