The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 189
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Colonel Bill Snort
in the past has not supported us. For four years Cleveland has
persistently ignored the editor of this paper."6
Before his inauguration Harrison was besieged at Indianapolis
by office seekers who offered him gifts and resorted to all manner
of tricks to get an audience. This was an excellent opportunity for
satire, and Sweet gave several sketches to it. Snort, representing
the typical office-seeker, mailed a copy of his paper to Harrison
and then wrote him a letter. When neither of these overtures
brought results, he decided to go to Indianapolis to see Harrison
in person. He got an interview, but hardly a successful one, and in
fact was admitted only because Harrison misunderstood the name
and thought it an old college chum named Short. Snort made
several more vain efforts to see the president-elect and even tried
geneology to align himself with Harrison. He worked on the
family trees all one afternoon and got the Harrisons and Snorts
pretty well mixed up and was finally able to bring them over on
the same ship in 1624. He regretted that he did not have time to
go to New York to see a "regularly ordained heraldist" because
he was sure that the Major General Harrison hung by Charles II
was related to the DeSnorts who had accompanied William the
Conqueror to England.
Then, a sudden change occurred in Snort's fortunes. Sweet
apparently saw an opportunity for using his invention for some-
thing more than lampooning political changelings and office-seek-
ers and decided to place Snort as a Trojan Horse within the Re-
publican secret walls. Sweet pretended that Harrison made Snort
his confidant, and the country editor became privy to all the
imagined Republican schemes, jealousies, and disorder. Snort
went with the President to the inauguration; rode a Texan mus-
tang in the parade; opened the ball, where he was the "cynosure
of all eyes," by leading Mrs. Harrison; and helped make the ban-
quet a success by giving seventeen speeches, ending up with one
at daybreak to the colored waiters, telling them how good he had
been to his slaves before the war and how they hated to be freed.
The Letters were usually accompanied by Thomas Worth draw-
ings. Snort had been a cartoon subject before he became a regular
feature, and on one occasion his country newspaper office had
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