The satirical magazine Judge commented on Thomas Brackett Reed’s third and final term as Speaker of the House with this cartoon, depicting him as a migratory bird, returning again to his roost. Signs above his nest stating that “The Law for Reed Birds Is On” and that there would be “No Shooting This Year in This House” reference the rule changes protecting the majority party that he enacted as Speaker earlier in the decade. The thwarted hunters of the minority party lurk in every corner. Joseph Bailey of Texas holds a pistol reading “free silver,” a reference to the movement to remove U.S. currency from the gold standard during the depression of the 1890s. This vibrant illustration of the partisan divide was emblematic of the Gilded Age. Political satire flourished because of a combination of the viciousness of politics and technological innovation allowing for the mass production of complex color prints.