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Introducing Horatio H. Hamster III Esq. You may have seen Horatio before. He has appeared on my cards and in a number of other works, but this is the first time he has had a blog posting all his own. I don't know what name his middle initial stands for; whenever I ask him, he always seems to come up with a different answer every time. He has a way of sneaking into my drawings at unexpected moments. I think that is a part of his attempts to talk me into making him the star of a new book, but that possibility remains to be seen.
Now he has popped up wearing a western, marshal's cowboy-hat. I admired what I called his "ten-gallon" hat, but he has corrected me, saying that his hat is the "ten-ounce" model. Today he informs me that his middle name is Hopalong, and that I should call him by that name, which was also the nickname of a famous, Western film hero, Hopalong Cassidy. When I asked him if he had ever known Mr. Cassidy, he said that he had not known his namesake personally, but that he had a mole friend who once lived in Mr. Cassidy's front yard, and had therefore seen the star regularly, so he felt that there were very few degrees of separation between himself and the cowboy hero.
I couldn't help but notice that the marshal's badge on Horatio's hat was covered by a card with a political emblem I had seen before, and I asked him what it stood for. He then replied, with soul-stirring emphasis, that it stood for the call to "Make America intelligent again !" He then went on to express his concerns about the upcoming, national election, and to make an appeal for everyone to go to the polls and vote for only the most qualified, competent and thoughtful candidates for high office.
I was a bit surprised by Horatio's knowledge of the high-minded candidates who are running for office, and his ability to recognize which candidates were just greedy, self-serving frauds. But his ability to distinguish between the good ones and the rotten ones, probably derives from his very unique perspective. Horatio happens to be well acquainted with the crude characteristics of the more destructive varieties of rodents, and he has noticed that there are a number of such vermin seeking public office, from the top of the ticket on down. For example, he says that the candidate at the top of the ballot, who represents the party of the wealthy and the banking and insurance interests, has been exhibiting the kind of manners which are more commonly associated with those of sewer rats, as well as the the lack of intelligence which is more commonly associated with suicidal lemmings.
It is hard to argue with someone who has such an intimate knowledge of the behavior of the despicable classes of rodents. Horatio is certainly convincing me. Perhaps everyone should hear his appeal to common sense, and then vote wisely.
The original, mixed media drawing of Horatio, in his "ten-ounce" cowboy hat,
is on illustration board, and it measures seven by five inches. It is available for
$45.00, ( plus $8.00, pack and ship )
A giclee, private-edition print of the drawing, also seven by five inches,
is available for $10.00, ( plus the $8.00, pack-and-ship charge )