Home / Guided Primary Source Analyses / Featured Source: Prairie Dog Sickened at the Sting of the Hornet Guided Primary Source Analyses Featured Source: Prairie Dog Sickened at the Sting of the Hornet November 11, 2011March 15, 2020 Akin, James. "The prairie dog sickened at the sting of the hornet or a diplomatic puppet exhibiting his deceptions." 1804. Summary: James Akin's earliest-known signed cartoon, "The Prairie Dog" is an anti-Jefferson satire, relating to Jefferson's covert negotiations for the purchase of West Florida from Spain in 1804. Jefferson, as a scrawny dog, is stung by a hornet with Napoleon's head into coughing up "Two Millions" in gold coins, (the secret appropriation Jefferson sought from Congress for the purchase). On the right dances a man (possibly a French diplomat) with orders from French minister Talleyrand in his pocket and maps of East Florida and West Florida in his hand. He says, "A gull for the People."