Broadsheet printed in dark blue and gray on light blue card stock in postcard format; on recto, gray band of type ornaments above and below text.
Poem in three eight-line stanzas on recto; on verso space for stamp and address on right, letter with facsimile signature of Cassius W. Ranney on left offering copy of his book Liquor legislation, and offering his "Village Squire" postals; in upper left corner portrait captioned "The Village Squire".
At end of poem on recto: Unidentified.
Poem is by Adams. Cf. Granger's Index (1962) under: Billy, he's in trouble. Also listed under title: Bill's in the legislature.
Issued pasted into lettered illustrated pale green paper folder.
On page  reduced facsimile of front page of Syracuse herald for Sept. 1, 1886; on pages - cartoon illustrations of historical events in Syracuse and text of beginning of Act incorporating the city of Syracuse; on page  poem describing illustrations, beginning: They're ab-o-rig-i-nals of 1586.
On back cover: Centennial souvenir, compliments of Syracuse herald.