Cartoons Dealing with the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike.

These cartoons are from newspapers all across the United States. They were reprinted in the periodical, The World's Work and Public Opinion, in 1902.

The cartoonists of the country were at their best last month when the coal strike, in its various phases, was the one topic that absorbed public attention. No possible selection of a dozen or a score of these drawings can convey much idea of the variety and the cleverness displayed in the work of twenty-five or thirty caricaturists each one of whom drew enough coal-strike cartoons to fill up our entire department. While the cartoonists almost invariably favored arbitration of the dispute, and represented in the main the rights of the public rather than those of either of the contesting parties, their sympathies were overwhelmingly with the strikers as against the operators. Yet, on the other hand, the greater part of their work showed good temper. Their admonitions to the coal-road presidents were not meant to be offensive or to leave any permanent sting. Mr. Bush, in the cartoon on this page, expresses the general sentiment respecting the desirability of arbitration from all points of view. This picture, we hope, symbolizes future harmony in the coal regions.

President Roosevelt was fortunate enough to receive the approval, so far as we are aware, of every one of the newspaper cartoonists in the country regardless of party affiliations. His intervention in the coal strike came in the midst of a season of political campaigning, and it would have been easy for an ungenerous opposition to ascribe political motives to the President. But Republican, Democratic, and independent newspapers alike have praised his course as manly, sincere, and wholly to the public interest, while miners and operators throughout were expressing themselves to that same effect, when agreed upon nothing else.