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uestions for Barret.
Col. Pleasant has propounde4 the following questions to Lieut. Gov. Bare 1. When did you chage from local optionist to a statewide prohibitionist? 2. During your tweinty years' membership in the General Assembly and presidency of the Senate, did you ever introduce or en. courage the introduction~ and passage of 4 prohibition bill, either to embrace congressional districts or one of a statewide nature? 3. While a member of the Senate in 1908 were you not opposed to the congressional unit bill that was introduced in the legisla. ture, and defeated, at that time? 4. Have you not voted for license acts providing for the licensing of the sale of liquor? 5. Were you not in favor of the constitutional convention statute which prohibited the proposed constitutional convention from touching the liquor question this fall? 6. While you were a candidate for the position of delegate to the constitutional convention in August of this year, did you not in. vite Jack Robbins, an anti-prohibitionist of Shreveport into one-of your secret caucuses and did you not tell him when he came to theo meeting, "Come in Jack, we are all anti-prohibitionists here."? 7. Why did you make a trip to New Orleans with some of your friends, relatives and appointees on the twenty-second of Septem~ ber and announce for prohibition from that City at the time you left there, instead of announcing for prohibition from Shreveport befr you went to New Orleans? 8. Were you not a local optionist when you ran for Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket with Hon. John T. Michel in 1912 and obtained the vote of the regular organization of New Orleans, and was thereby elected over lion. Henri L. Gueydan, who received larger vote than you did outside of the City of New Orleans? 9. Before you became a candidate for Governor did you ever attend a conference of prohibition leaders? If so, when and where?! 10. Did you ever make a public speech advocating prohibition before you became a candidate for Governor? ·tij.: Barret and the Bosses. Lieutenant Governor T. C. Barrett, candidate for Governor, has attacked Col. R. G. Pleasant because the ward leaders of New Orleans are supporting him for Governor. The following let ter shows Mr. Barret's position with the so-called "bosses" four years ago: "Shreveport, La., Oct. 23rd, 1915. "Col. R. G. Pleasant, "Ruston, La. "Dear Sir: "I notice that your opponent, Hon. T. C. Barret, is making various and sundry statements about the Ward Leaders of New Orleans and other places, and especially is he very severe in his denunciation of the Bosses. Now, for your information, four years ago he was very solicitous and especially earnest in his efforts to secure the sup port of the New Orleans Bosses, and he war so close to them and so confi dent of their good will and had so much confidence in them that he was willing to leave his chances to be Lieutenant Governor in their hands. By common consent he and I agreed to leave it to two of them to say which one of us should make the race and which was to withdraw. He selected the Hon. Martin Behrman and I the Hon. John Fitzpatrick, 'and if they could not agree, then the Hon. John Michel was to be the third man, and whichever was selected he was to make the race and the other was to withdraw. They de cided against me, and I withdrew. Now, these are facts so close upon his present attitude that it is at least an index to what he is. Now, I would rather, in making this charge against him, that the informant's name be withheld unless he should attempt to deny it, then I give you the liberty to use the name as you see fit. I am sure that Mr. Behrman and Mr. Fitzpatrick would also confirm all the above. "With best wishes for your success, I am, (Sgigd)"J'."RUJSH WIMBERLY." b . :. Barret's Prohibition (?) Record. (Fac-Simile of page 9 of Central Trades and Labor Council Labor Day Souvenir Program, issued September 6th-th, 1916. On September 24th, 1915, Mr. Barret declared for state-wide prohibition.) a LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR T. C. BARRET. There is no man in the State of Louisiana to whom the laboring classes owe as deep a debt of gratitude as.thry do to Hon. Thomas C. Barret, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. Since his entrance into'public life Mr. Bar ret has stood fairly and squarely on the peo ple's side of every question that has come before the Legislaturfof this State. He is the author of many of the best laws now on the statute books of Louisiana, and in addition has always assisted by voice and vote every progressive movement intended to advance the interests of his State and her people. Although Mr Barret hails from the north ern part'.of the'State, he hasT a legion of friends and admirers among the laboring people of this city, who will always remem ber with deep gratitude his many acts of The asbov shows conclusively that on Sept. 6, 16, Mr. Barret was a local optionst and on Sept. 24,1915, a statewide prohibitlonlst. kindness to them when at the State's capital in the interest of legislation advocated by or ganized labor He was very active in the labor bills passed at the legislative session of 1914, being deep ly interested in the workingman's compensa tion and liability bill, the labor commission er's bill, and several other labor bills. He is a very strong supporter of local o tion, and believes in giving the peopof the State what they want. A better friend to labor cannot be found if you were to travel the continent from end to end, and he certainly should get the hearty support of all laboring men. Should he run for Governor all labor ing men, organized or unorganized, should make it their duty to see that he is elected, ag he is the proper man who will give justice to all. (zAucT COPY) OPPICE THOS C. BA'S1,'" LIEUTENANT Goviaxoa Lieutenant Go Louisians. PERSONAL Shreveport, La., July 30th, 1915. Mr. Warren Thomas, Talisheek P. 0., La. My Dear Mr. Thomas: I am just out of a campaign for the i Constitutional Convention and dunriig that time I had absolutely no oppo*t tunity to answer my correspondence, Referring to the question you in: quire about, I am a local optionist, I believe that parishes, as a unit, ought to regulate i;hose sort of affai ike they do liaflagging for sma dyphtheria.ot- scarlet fever. I be in the parish as a unit. If the unit is lessened, it ough" aonly to be with the consent bf the people of the parish, Personally I have pij ouht that the bigg est thing i-n th is the parish itself. As it fti.e ourti house and grand jury; proi or the criminal expenses, etc., its .. eza should be maintai Led. . Prohibition has never been sub. mitted to the people of Caddo Parih but twice. On one occasion I could not be present to vote. On the other ocea sion I was present and voted for prohi- bition. The agricultural sections of our State do not favor the open saloon. The great mass of our people get alon better without them. The Parish o Caddo has been dry for some years. Most all of its country wards have been ` dry for many years, some of them Ua long as sixteen years. The matter is ? not much discussed here, though some people insist upon making it an iss even in the selection of delegates to the Constitutional Convention. I have not time to write you mot fully today my views upon the ma and am only answering your pe letter. This is not for publication. Yours very truly, (Signed) THOMAS C. BAB Personal ,i '