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?
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,
"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,
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
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
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
OPPICE THOS C. BA'S1,'"
LIEUTENANT Goviaxoa Lieutenant Go
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-
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
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
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