Summary of Content: Discusses an opinion printed in a British paper that the United States should ”take the Philippines, and all the other Spanish territory of which we can lay our hands.” Advocates recruitment of ”dark men- negroes, half-castes, Tagals, and ... Mohammedan Malays ... ” for military service in tropical areas. Reports on imperialism and the Senate, Zionism, and the daily life of Pope Leo XIII, containing various photographs of Leo XIII at the Vatican. Includes a photograph of George Berry, an African American soldier in Troop D, 10th United States Cavalry. States that Berry ”carried the Colors of the 10th and 3d Cavalry in the Charge at San Juan Hill, Santiago.” Includes information on upcoming operas. Contains an article and several sketches pertaining to the recent New York Horse Show, held in Madison Square Garden. Includes sports coverage and advertisements. Bound as a journal.
Background: George Berry’s regiment, the 10th Cavalry, was one of the famous ”Buffalo Soldier” regiments of African Americans in the United States army. The publishing company of J. J. Harper was founded by James and John Harper in 1817. In the mid-1820s, two additional Harper brothers joined the company, changing the name to Harper & Brothers in 1833. Harper & Brothers survives today as Harper Collins. Harper’s Weekly was largely a political journal, and was highly influential in Presidential elections in the second half of the nineteenth century. It also featured the political cartoons of celebrated caricaturist Thomas Nast.