'A Tiff', 1881. John Bull, the representative of the British people, is at odds with Madame France in this cartoon. This illustrates a dispute between the governments of the two countries after France's refusal to allow the existing commercial agreements to be prolonged. The stalemate did not last, however, and on 16th September 1881, the French government agreed to extend the commercial agreements for a further three months. From Punch, or the London Charivari, September 10, 1881.