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"The Modern Frankenstein", Thomas Fitzpatrick, Weekly Freeman, 17 August 1895.

The cartoon blames John Redmond, the Parnellite leader (and by extension the whole Parnellite party and their attacks on the Anti-Parnellite-Liberal alliance) for the defeat of the Irish Nationalists' Liberal allies and the return of a Conservative-Liberal Unionist coalition government in the 1895 general election. The coalition is represented by a two-headed figure comprising its leaders in the Commons - Joseph Chamberlain (Liberal Unionist) is dressed as Cromwell in an allusion to his Nonconformist background and carries a sword marked "Coercion" while A.J. Balfour (Conservative) is dressed in RIC uniform and waves a baton marked "Eviction". The name "Master Jack" is both a slap at Redmond's small physical stature and a suggestion that he is childishly irresponsible. "Frankenstein" (here, Redmond) correctly refers to the creator of the monster (as in Mary Shelley's novel) rather than the monster itself (as in much present-day usage).

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