In the 1860 campaign a divided Democratic Party was being pulled in two directions, and a cartoon depicted the candidates stuck on railroad tracks as Lincoln bears down on them.
Lincoln was portrayed driving a speeding locomotive in a political cartoon.
In this cartoon Abraham Lincoln is depicted as the engineer of a locomotive barreling toward a crossing.
Lincoln exclaims, "Clear the track!" And Hamlin warns, "Look out for the engine when the bell rings!"
The two Democratic presidential candidates, Stephen A. Douglas and John C. Breckenridge, along with their running mates, are shown as horses trying to pull a wagon labeled "Democratic Platform" in opposite directions.
The Native American on the wagon is making a reference to Tammany, a crack aimed at Tammany Hall, the powerful New York City political machine run by Boss Tweed.