The Katzies ghosted by Frederick Burr Opper, creator of Happy Hooligan. According to my freind Holmes "I agree that this is likely an Opper creation, but it's even more of an admixture than it first appears! The black man is Sam from Jimmy Swinnerton's "And Sam Laughed" strip!"
And that is not all, the character of the mule is a spoof of Opper's own 1904 comic strip And Her Name was Maud!
Bedelia, I'd like to steal ya, was a top jazz hit of 1903. One mystery remaining, who are "der Raxies," vaudeville artists ?
Winnipeg Tribune 27 July 1918. Original was copyright King Features Syndicate 1904.